MOORESVILLE, NC- (August 28, 2003) - NASCAR Veteran Jimmy Spencer has been tabbed as the replacement for Jason Leffler as the driver of the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge for the Virginia is for Lovers 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Richmond, VA. Leffler will take over the reins of the No. 0 Net Zero Pontiac on a full time basis in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
"Jason has a chance to move up to the NASCAR Winston Cup ranks and we wish him the very best of luck," said Ron Weiner, President of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). "We certainly appreciate the effort that he put forth on our behalf over the past two years. By the same token, we are very appreciative to Jimmy Spencer for helping us out at Richmond, where ASE is celebrating our 200th race as an NCTS sponsor. "Mr. Excitement" is a working-man's driver, and the 450,000 ASE certified mechanics clearly identify with his work ethic and his 110% efforts on the track."
His Richmond outing will be Spencer's first in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The 46 year-old native of Berwick, PA has 2 wins, 28 Top five finishes and 79 Top 10 finishes in NASCAR Winston Cup competition. On his way to back-to-back NASCAR national Modified championships in 1986-87, Spencer picked up the nickname of "Mr. Excitement." He won his first career NASCAR Winston Cup race in 1994 at Daytona and won later that year at Talladega driving for Junior Johnson. Spencer has 11 career victories in the Busch Series, where he was a force to be reckoned with in his first two full years on the circuit, 1988-89. He scored three wins, nine top-fives and 24 top-10s in 52 starts.
"I'm excited about driving the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at Richmond," Spencer said. "The No. 2 truck is probably the most recognizable in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series because it's been winning races since the series began in 1995. A lot of great drivers have wheeled this truck, and I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of that."
The Virginia is for Lovers 200 is scheduled for Thursday, September 4th at Richmond International Raceway. The race will be broadcast live nationally on the Speed Channel and MRN Radio at 8pm ET.