Rain washes out Truck qualifying at Darlington. JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Racing Dodge Ram) NOTE: Leffler won the pole for last year's Craftsman Truck Series race at Darlington, but Mother Nature washed out this year's time trials...
Rain washes out Truck qualifying at Darlington.
JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Racing Dodge Ram)
NOTE: Leffler won the pole for last year's Craftsman Truck Series race at Darlington, but Mother Nature washed out this year's time trials on Thursday.
"We brought a truck here that we've run pretty quick with before. I think we finished second a couple of times with it. I'm just looking forward to getting on the track. I'm getting kind of tired sitting around the last couple of months since Daytona with nothing to do. Then we come here and the first practice session (and qualifying) gets rained out, so it's kind of disappointing. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and getting behind the wheel of the Team ASE/Carquest Dodge. It doesn't really hurt my feelings if we don't get final practice. We know what we had last year. I think we'll be in pretty good shape.
"I've seen the finish at Daytona probably 200 times (on Speed Vision). That's something we probably wouldn't have seen before. I don't see any negatives to it. It's going to help the teams and sponsors and drivers.
"This is a place where you learn something every lap you take. If you do have a few races, I think you're going to have an advantage over a few competitors.
"I think we can win the race. It's going to take no mistakes from me and a good handling truck. We know the truck will be good. We had a good run going here last year, and I just ended up spinning out. I had a lapse of concentration and the Old Lady in Black jumped out and got me. You've got to take care of the tires and have good pit stops, and I know our pit stops will be good. If I don't make any mistakes, I think we'll be up front and contend for the victory. Dodge has never lost a truck race here, so maybe I can get a little luck on my side and be the third different winner here in a Ram.
"This track is so unique, real narrow, old asphalt that tires up the tires. You get one or two good laps out of your tires, and then they decline. You've got to run right on the fence and there's no margin for error. If you do get in too hard, I think it's evident you're going to hit during the race. It's just a matter of how hard you hit.
"You try to save the tires. You don't want to go too hard at the start of the run. I've got three or four races here, but I don't have the experience of a Bobby Hamilton or a Ted Musgrave. Those guys are awesome here. It showed last year with Ted and Robert Pressley running 1-2. I'll probably try to conserve my tires and see how Ted is running and follow him and learn from him during the race."