Strong Car Cannot Change Leffler's Luck in the Irish Hills What looked like a guaranteed top finish was lost for Jason Leffler and Team Fraternal Order of Eagles on Saturday when a mishap in the pits had Leffler restart 15th with 14 laps to go.
Strong Car Cannot Change Leffler's Luck in the Irish Hills
What looked like a guaranteed top finish was lost for Jason Leffler and Team Fraternal Order of Eagles on Saturday when a mishap in the pits had Leffler restart 15th with 14 laps to go. Leffler started the Domino's Pizza 250 in the 17th position when qualifying was rained out and the field was set by Busch Series owner points.
"The team has not really had the finishes we are looking for in these last few races together," said Leffler. "Each week we have had competitive cars. This weekend, the car was so good that we feel like it could have taken us to victory lane."
At the drop of the green Leffler rocketed through the field up eight spots to ninth position by his first pit stop on lap 37. With a loose handling condition mended by four fresh sticker tires and one round down on the track bar, Leffler restarted in the ninth position.
"The FOE Chevy started out tight, then as we ran more laps it became loose on entry," said Leffler. "After a few minor adjustments the crew got me back out there and we were able to stay up in the top 10 for the majority of the race".
Leffler began a final charge to the front gaining several spots with 29 laps to go. A caution flag flew on lap 111 when the leaders pitted for fresh tires. Leffler came down pit road for right side tires and fuel only. What appeared to be a great pit strategy in the final laps back fired as NASCAR penalized the FOE Chevy for a tire violation. Leffler restarted at the tale end of the longest line, placing the FOE Chevy in 15th position. In the closing laps, Leffler managed to move up one-track position ending Saturday's race in the 14th position.
"We did not come here to run outside of the top 10," said Leffler. "The FOE Chevy was fastest in final practice and we had a car that could of contended for the win." If we keep putting ourselves in position at the end of the race, one of these days we are going to come home with a win."
Jason Leffler and WINFUEL will head to the Bristol Motor Speedway next week to compete in the Food City 250 on August 26th. The event will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. eastern time on TNT and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with PRN and XM Satellite Radio.