HOMESTEAD, FL (November 11, 2002) - With an average finish of 11th in two prior starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jason Leffler will be looking to capitalize on his past success and steer his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram into Victory Lane...
HOMESTEAD, FL (November 11, 2002) - With an average finish of 11th in two prior starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jason Leffler will be looking to capitalize on his past success and steer his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram into Victory Lane in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale this Friday.
"Homestead definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite racetracks," commented Leffler, who finished 10th in last year's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Homestead while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. "It's wide and flat and affords the driver a lot of room to search for a faster line. After they redesigned the corners, it really made racing at Homestead a lot of fun. We've had a great flat-track program with the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge all season, so I'm looking for good things."
As one of six flat speedways on the NCTS tour measuring one-mile or better, Leffler knows handling, horsepower and fuel mileage will all play key roles in the outcome of the Ford 200. With runner-up finishes at St. Louis, Pikes Peak and Milwaukee - all tracks similar in layout to the Homestead oval, the three-time USAC National Midget Champion will be one to watch when the green flag drops on the final NCTS event of the 2002 season.
"I can point to several things that makes us good at these kind of tracks," said Leffler. "Joey Arrington has built awesome motors for us all year and our fuel mileage has been superb. We haven't run out of fuel once this season, so I'm always confident at fuel mileage tracks. My crew chief Tim Kohuth and all the guys have also been working very hard to make the truck more comfortable for me. I'm sure we'll be in good shape."
In six previous Truck Series races at Homestead, the No. 2 Ultra Motorsports entry has posted one win and a pair of runner-up finishes. Last year, driver Scott Riggs and the "Ultra Bad Boys" won the pole and finished fourth.
This year, Leffler comes into the final event boasting a division-leading eight pole positions. Along with his stellar qualifying record, the Long Beach, CA driver owns 10 Top-5 and 14 Top-10 finishes in 21 races this season.
Leffler is currently fifth in the NCTS championship chase, just six points shy of fourth-place David Starr. The 27-year-old driver sees the final race of the 2002 season at Homestead as a chance to gain ground in the standings and capture an elusive first Truck Series win.
"Our goal is to win at Homestead," said Leffler. "We've been close, really close on about five occasions this year, but came up just short. We always feel like we're capable of winning each and every weekend. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge hasn't finished a season without winning a race since the division began in 1995, so I want to maintain that record. If we have a good run, it could mean picking up one more spot in the points standings, so we've got a lot we can accomplish this weekend."
The Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take the green flag Friday, November 15 and will air at 3:30 Eastern Standard Time on espn2. The event will also be broadcast live worldwide on MRN Radio.
ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) also has a long involvement in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As the primary sponsor on the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST entry, the non-profit organization has been able to highlight its efforts to provide the highest quality professional technician certification and assessment services at all levels of vehicle maintenance and repair. In addition to ASE's racing involvement, the organization is active in numerous civic, charitable, educational and humanitarian activities.