Leffler to drive second ASE truck at IRP

CLERMONT, IN (July 31, 2000) - Open-wheel standout Jason Leffler will try something new at his old stomping grounds when he makes his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park Thursday, August 3. Leffler will be...

CLERMONT, IN (July 31, 2000) - Open-wheel standout Jason Leffler will try something new at his old stomping grounds when he makes his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park Thursday, August 3. Leffler will be driving the Team ASE/Ultra Wheel/ NATEF Ford in the Powerstroke 200 at IRP. The one-race program returns Leffler to the tight .686-mile IRP oval where he has dominated midget and sprint car action in the past. The race will also highlight ASE's National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) program aimed at recruiting young people into automotive industry careers. "It's always great to run at Indianapolis Raceway Park," said Leffler, a three-time United States Auto Club Midget champion (1997-99) and the 1998 USAC Silver Bullet champ car titlest. "I'll be having a big week of racing there driving the Team ASE Silver Bullet champ car Wednesday, the Team ASE/Ultra Wheel/ NATEF Ford in the Craftsman Truck Series race Thursday and the MBNA Pontiac in the NASCAR Busch Series race Friday. It's going to be an exciting week for me and there's going to be great racing for the fans." While Leffler grew up behind the wheel in the Silver Bullet Series and is completing his first season in the Busch Series ranks, his ride in the #5 Team ASE/Ultra Wheel/NATEF Ford will be his first in the Craftsman Truck Series ranks. "I know the equipment is going to be great because Ultra Motorsports, owned by Jim and Marlene Smith, always field a top-flight truck," said Leffler, who will team with Team ASE driver Mike Wallace for the Truck Series event. "I really doubt I'll be able to do the kind of 'slide jobs' in a truck that we're used to doing in midgets and champ cars. I'm sure I'll have to run a little different line than I'm used to running there. Fortunately, I hope that I learned a little bit when we ran the Busch Series race there last year. The Truck Series is so tough that I know I'm going to have my work cut out for me - they won't be cutting me any slack." Leffler's Indianapolis appearance will showcase an automotive education program called NATEF (The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) which evaluates Automobile, Collision Repair and Refinish, Truck, and Alternative Fuels training programs against tough standards set by the automotive industry. Based on NATEF's evaluation, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifies the program. "There's a lot of crossover between what ASE Certified Technicians do in the garages everywhere everyday and what we do here in a race garage area," said Leffler. "It's great to see an organization like ASE support racing and try to get mechanics involved. There's a great future there. There are a lot of opportunities in automotive repair and there are a lot of opportunities for individuals in racing. If I wasn't a driver and was looking for a career, I would be interested in a career as an automotive technician or a racing mechanic. Either way, I would need the right kind of training and ASE's NATEF program provides that." A national ESPN television audience and a sellout crowd will be watching when Leffler and his Team ASE/Ultra Wheel/ NATEF Ford take the green flag at IRP Thursday, August 3rd at 8:30 p.m. The Powerstroke 200 is the 18th of 24 events on the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule and will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Mike Wallace