Jason Leffler Ready To Tame Darlington Behind The Wheel of The No. 47 Acxiom Chevrolet Celebrity All Star Silverado STATESVILLE, NC - NOVEMBER 9, 2004 - Jason Leffler has been tapped to drive the No. 47 Acxiom Chevrolet Celebrity All Star ...
Jason Leffler Ready To Tame Darlington Behind The Wheel of The No. 47 Acxiom Chevrolet Celebrity All Star Silverado
STATESVILLE, NC - NOVEMBER 9, 2004 - Jason Leffler has been tapped to drive the No. 47 Acxiom Chevrolet Celebrity All Star Silverado at Darlington Raceway. Leffler, recently named the driver of the newly formed third Joe Gibbs Racing Monte Carlo NASCAR Nextel Cup team, will replace Ward Burton who was originally scheduled as the seventh of the All Star Team drivers.
"I want to thank Chevrolet, Morgan Dollar Motorsports and Acxiom for asking me to be a part of the Chevy Silverado Celebrity All Star program," said Burton. "However, due to the recent turn of events, I have asked them to find a replacement driver for me at Darlington. I am going to take a little time off to spend with my family and look at the various opportunities I have for the future and make plans accordingly."
The Darlington 200 on Friday, November 12 will be Leffler's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event since Bristol, August 2003.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to drive the No. 47 Acxiom Silverado," said Leffler. "After watching the performance of the truck with the other drivers this season, especially my teammates Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, I have tremendous confidence in how well the truck will be prepared. Morgan-Dollar Motorsports is highly respected as one of the best teams in NASCAR and having Randy Goss as the crew chief is a great experience for any driver. I am really looking forward to getting to Darlington and seeing if we can't win that race."
In 2002, Leffler set the existing NCTS track record at Darlington on the way to his first-ever NCTS pole and was the class of the field until a broken oil line ended his impressive run, and relegated him to the 30th finishing position.
"Darlington is a unique track," Leffler explained. "It is a fun place to run. You run so close to the wall that grip is really important. Tire management is critical but so is track position. I am looking forward to getting back in a truck there. It is just like riding a bicycle, once I get strapped in and remember I am in a truck, it will be easy to remember what I need to do there to go fast and bring home a good finish."
Serving as primary sponsor of the No. 47 All-Stars Silverado is Acxiom, a worldwide data services company, and partner of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports since 1998 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Acxiom, Chevrolet Silverado and Morgan-Dollar Motorsports teamed to bring the All Star program to fans at seven NCTS events during the 2004 season. At each event, the No. 47 has featured a special paint scheme showcasing a prominent musical artist and driven by a Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Nextel Cup driver.
Country music star Joe Nichols will be featured on the truck Leffler's truck at Darlington. Michael Waltrip was the first to race the No.47 Acxiom Silverado. With Sheryl Crow on the hood, Waltrip brought home a fifth place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Robby Gordon with a George Thorogood paint scheme finished fourth at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 25.
Next came Stewart at Richmond International Raceway with Sara Evans on the hood. He finished third in the No. 47 Acxiom Silverado in the September 9th race. Ricky Craven with Lee Ann Rimes on the truck took on New Hampshire International Speedway on September 18. Craven was racing for second place when contact with the turn two wall ended his day about half way into the race.
Labonte jumped in at Martinsville Speedway on October 23 and brought his Josh Turner themed truck home in third place. Ron Hornaday with Big & Rich on the hood brought home a 13th place finish at Phoenix International Raceway on November 5.
NASCAR veteran Randy Goss will crew chief Leffler and the No. 47 Acxiom Silverado team at Darlington. Goss has an impressive record including championship-winning efforts in both the NCTS and NBS with driver Greg Biffle.
"Every race we have entered the No. 47, the team has worked hard to give the driver a competitive truck," said Goss. "We have had some great finishes and really been a contender running up in the front of the pack. Jason is a good driver and had great success while he was in the truck series so we are looking forward to having him in our Acxiom Silverado at Darlington."