HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 22, 2003) - Jason Leffler and the NetZero HiSpeed Racing team posted its first Top-25 finish together in the running of the MBNA America 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway Sunday. The NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac...
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (September 22, 2003) - Jason Leffler and the NetZero HiSpeed Racing team posted its first Top-25 finish together in the running of the MBNA America 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway Sunday.
The NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac lined up on the starting grid in 37th place after all track activities scheduled for Friday were canceled due to the arrival of Hurricane Isabel. For the safety of its traveling competitors, NASCAR officials opted to set the 43-car field based on current owner points.
The green flag flew Sunday afternoon and though Leffler initially radioed to the crew that the car was pretty good, he soon encountered a tight handling condition. A pit stop on Lap 83 allowed crew chief Tony Furr and the team to make air pressure and chassis adjustments in an effort to free the car up. The changes worked briefly, though efforts continued throughout the event to perfect the handling of the car. Midway through the race, the changes made in the first half began to pay off. Leffler, though unable to make up either of the two laps he had lost to the leaders, turned in some of the fastest laps of the field. The team continued to adjust on the NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac and Leffler took the checkered flag in 25th place.
"The NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac started off pretty good and then got really tight," said Leffler. "Tony and the guys made serious adjustments to the car during every stop to try to free the car up in the center of the corners. For some reason, around Lap 140, the car started to bottom out really bad the longer we ran. We were able to work that problem out and then the car was really good for a while. Unfortunately, the last set of tires made the car extremely tight so I lost a spot or two during the last couple of laps. We could see the light at the end of the tunnel for a while today, so we have to be pretty happy with that finish."
The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team next travels to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for the running of the EA Sports 500 Sunday. Qualifying for the event will take place Friday, September 26, with the drop of the green flag scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET). The event will be telecast live on NBC and will be broadcast worldwide by MRN Radio.