Richmond: Jason Leffler preview

Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge ready to get back at it Richmond RICHMOND, VA (August 28, 2002) - Following a three-week hiatus, Jason Leffler and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge will return to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series action next Thursday...

Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge ready to get back at it Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (August 28, 2002) - Following a three-week hiatus, Jason Leffler and his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge will return to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series action next Thursday night in the Virginia is for Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway.

Leffler, who owns eight Top-5s and 10 Top-10s in 15 NCTS races this season, is eager for his first NCTS start at the .75-mile Richmond oval.

"I'm looking forward to getting back after it," said Leffler. "With three weeks off I've had some time to do some open-wheel racing and to work on the pavement Midget car that I bought. I've definitely used the time to my advantage, but I'm ready to get back to work in Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at Richmond and see if we can put together a win."

With a 25.2 finishing average in five previous Richmond starts it's hard to believe Leffler would look forward to a track where the Long Beach, CA driver has traditionally struggled. This time, however, Leffler returns to Richmond not in a NASCAR Winston Cup or Busch Series ride, but in truck that has been one of the most sought after seats in the division.

"I've haven't been as successful at Richmond as I would have liked, but I haven't been in as good of equipment as I am this year," commented Leffler, whose best finish at RIR is 15th in the 2000 Autolite Fram 250 Busch Series race. "I like the track. It makes for really good racing, but the surface is a little strange to me. It's kind of like Loudon (NH) where they put that sealer down. When the sealer is fresh, the track has a lot of grip and as it wears away, the surface gets really slick. It shouldn't effect us too much because we race on Thursday, so the track will probably stay fairly consistent for the Truck Series race."

With only seven races remaining on the 2002 calendar, the battle for the NCTS championship continues to heat up. Leffler is currently sixth in the standings and positive he can still make a run at the title.

"We had a flat tire and didn't finish well in the last race at Nashville, but that doesn't change our attitude one bit," said Leffler. "Anything can happen. Granted we're going to need some luck, but we're not out of it by any means. We're taking the same truck we finished second with at Milwaukee and IRP, so it's definitely a good piece. We always have a good truck no matter where we go, it just seems like something always happens. We'll be in good shape at Richmond. Hopefully we'll be there at the end."

The Virginia is for Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway will take the green flag Thursday, September 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 16th race on the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast on a delayed basis at 10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN and broadcast live on MRN radio nationwide.

ABOUT ASE

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.

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