Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge can't dodge Texas luck
Fort Worth, TX (June 6, 2003) One week after winning his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Jason Leffler felt the familiar cold cruel wrath of Texas Motor Speedway after his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge developed engine problems on Lap 24 of the 167 lap event. Leffler's Dodge started in the eighth position after inclement weather cancelled qualifying for the second straight week. He quickly moved through the field climbing into the fourth position when a broken push rod relegated him to a 27th finish. Brendan Gaughan won his third straight race at Texas Motor Speedway.
"This is the first time in 29 races that we have broken a motor so you really can't complain," Leffler said. "Last week they gave me the race winning motor and this week just wasn't our week to win. Leffler's Ultra Motorsports crew attempted to repair his ailing machine and replaced the damaged parts and returned truck to the track on lap 57. The gremlins returned however and Leffler was forced behind the wall for a second time and ultimately he made the right hand turn into the garage area.
"It's disappointing because the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was great early in the race and it was great in practice," Leffler said. "It seems every time we come to this place we run good but have some kind of trouble. It is just typical Texas luck for us. We will just have to regroup and make up some ground at Memphis."
Leffler dropped 4 spots in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings and now sits in the 11th position 271 points behind series leader Bobby Hamilton. The next event for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday June 21st. The event will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio at 3 pm ET.