JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram) NOTE: Leffler earned his second Bud Pole of the year with a lap of 27.178 sec., 132.460 mph. This Sunday will mark Ultra Motorsports' team owner Jim Smith's 175th race. Smith is the only owner...
JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram)
NOTE: Leffler earned his second Bud Pole of the year with a lap of 27.178 sec., 132.460 mph. This Sunday will mark Ultra Motorsports' team owner Jim Smith's 175th race. Smith is the only owner to have an entry in every NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in history.
"It's still pretty early, so we're going to have to wait for a bunch of guys. But it was a good lap for the No. 2 Dodge. It's about 4-tenths faster than we went in practice. The track has sped up a little with the sun going down and the cloud cover, it's certainly going to help everybody's speeds. So, hopefully we'll hang onto the pole, and it'll be a good starting spot for us obviously.
"It's helped a lot to come race for a team like Ultra Motorsports. After a year like last year, it's really helped my confidence. We've got an awesome team, and our qualifying package is really good. A bad qualifying effort for us now is fifth. We probably should have been on the pole the last race, but I screwed up. There's pressure on you because you know you've got to be on the pole or no one is going to be happy. But I like it that way.
"It helps to be up front here. I really enjoy this place, even more than Gateway. I've had some success here in the Midget and USAC. I enjoy it every time we get here, you know."
"It was a good lap for us. Our Dodge Ram has been great off the trailer all day. Tim Kohuth and all the boys on the Ultra Motorsports crew are doing a great job. The whole team as a whole has been doing a great job, obviously with Ted qualifying second that's pretty awesome. It will make our car owner (Jim Smith) pretty happy. At St. Louis he wasn't too happy after qualifying. He's used to getting these poles. The race will be exciting. I really like this track. We ran a lot of USAC races here. Mike Bliss and I are going to come back here in a few weeks, so it's a place I really enjoy coming to.
"I have a lot of confidence going into every track, knowing this truck is fast. Everywhere they've gone they've had some sort of success. To have a group of guys like I do, it's awesome. It's just a great situation for me to be in. They're all racers, they do whatever it takes to win. If they had to work seven days a week, they'd do that.
"Our happy hour is at five o'clock, and the race starts in the middle of the afternoon, so we'll have to adjust some. But, I like the track. You can move around here, and it seems in the last couple of years the groove is really moving around. It's going to make for good racing, and I'm sure we'll put on a good show tomorrow.
Surprised you were that much faster?
"Yeah, I was because I didn't drive a very good lap. I took it easy after Gateway. There we had a chance at the pole and I blew the lap pretty bad. So, I just wanted to take it pretty easy this time, and I was surprised how fast it was."