MOORESVILLE, NC- (August 15, 2003) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jason Leffler knows his luck is going to improve at Bristol Motor Speedway because it can't get much worse. In a handful of NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series starts at the...
MOORESVILLE, NC- (August 15, 2003) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jason Leffler knows his luck is going to improve at Bristol Motor Speedway because it can't get much worse. In a handful of NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series starts at the .533 mile oval, misfortune has struck the 27-year-old Long Beach native early and often.
"I don't think I have gotten 25 laps into a race at Bristol without someone crashing and taking me out with them," Leffler said. "Bristol is just one of those places where things happen fast, and if you happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time you get swept up and that is what has happened to me. Hopefully this time we can keep the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge intact for the whole race and be a factor at the end. "
Bristol Motor Speedway makes a return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule after a three-year absence. For some competitors, absence does not make the heart grow fonder. Traditionally, many teams exit the Tennessee short track with damaged vehicles and an axe to grind.
"It is a great show for the fans," Leffler says. "The close side-by-side racing creates a lot of excitement. They always draw huge crowds and the fans are right on top of the action, so from that standpoint it is a super facility. For the drivers, it is a great place to race but you know that some tempers are going to flare because you simply can't avoid all of the trouble. If someone gets tapped or spins out in front of you it is hard not to get involved."
Leffler and his Team ASE/CARQUEST teammates are hoping for somewhat of a turnaround in fortunes after two straight races with less than desirable results. A recent Dodge test at Bristol has the team optimistic about their chances at the ultra quick short track.
"We feel like we can be very competitive," Leffler said. "The test went fairly well except for one little incident. I am looking forward to the race because I know that I am in good equipment with a good team, so that always increases your chances of having a good run. Even though we haven't had the best of luck the past couple of weeks this team has hung right in there. That is a testament to how dedicated this Ultra team is."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is slated for Wednesday August 20th at 8:30 pm ET. The event will be broadcast live nationally by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio.