Texas: Jason Leffler preview

Leffler looks for Texas two step MOORESVILLE, NC (June 2, 2003) - Jason Leffler is on a two-step program. First step - win a race. The 27 year-old long beach native took that step this past Friday at Dover International Speedway. Second step ...

Leffler looks for Texas two step

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 2, 2003) - Jason Leffler is on a two-step program. First step - win a race. The 27 year-old long beach native took that step this past Friday at Dover International Speedway. Second step - win again. Leffler hopes to dance that step with his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series invades the ultra fast 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway this Friday night.

"We are really pumped up headed to Texas," Leffler said. "This whole team worked so hard to get our first win together and now we have it behind us. We know we have a great truck for there because it is basically brand new and it raced great at Charlotte and I like racing at Texas. So to say we are looking forward to going there would be an understatement."

Leffler likes the new team structure at Ultra Motorsports. Veteran crew chief Dennis Connor was added a week ago to focus on the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge, and general manager Tim Kohuth adds a powerful punch from the front office. The duo proved to be effective in their initial outing together, helping guide Leffler to his first NCTS win. "It's great for our team to have two guys like Tim Kohuth and Dennis Connor working together," Leffler stated. "The move freed Timmy up so he can secure all the tools we need to win, and Dennis can focus all of his attention on the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge."

Leffler's return to Texas is somewhat bittersweet. He almost celebrated his first NCTS win there last year by dominating the first Texas event, only to crash two thirds of the way through the race. The ensuing 27th place finish was not what he had hoped for.

"We led a bunch of laps then lost a position in the pits," Leffler said. "Then I lost several spots because of a lapped truck and I just got impatient. I pressured him and he spun, and I spun to miss him and took myself right out of the race. It was a real learning experience for me and it did teach me to be more patient on the track."

Leffler currently sits in the 7th position in the NCTS points standings, 197 points behind points leader Bobby Hamilton. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is slated for Friday, June 6th. The event will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio at 9:00 pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Leffler