DARLINGTON, SC (March 15, 2002) - A strong finish just wasn't in the cards for Jason Leffler as the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUET Dodge came home 30th in the Craftsman Anniversary 200 at Darlington Raceway. "We just had some bad luck,"...
DARLINGTON, SC (March 15, 2002) - A strong finish just wasn't in the cards for Jason Leffler as the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUET Dodge came home 30th in the Craftsman Anniversary 200 at Darlington Raceway.
"We just had some bad luck," said Leffler, who started the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race from the pole position after setting a new track record in qualifying. "We got turned around and when that happened, we cut a tire down and knocked an oil line off on the way back to the pits. It's a shame because I feel like we had the truck to beat."
Leffler backed up the record qualifying run by leading the first nine circuits before yielding the point to Ted Musgrave. For the next 30 laps, the Ultra Motorsports teammates drove away from the rest of the 36-truck field.
"Ted and I had them covered," said Leffler. "If I don't have a problem, it comes down to one of us winning the race. Fortunately, Ted did just that. It just hurts that we weren't there to race him for it at the end."
Leffler's demise came on the Lap 103 of the 147-lap event when his truck swapped ends as he exited Turn 4. The resulting tire damage tore off the main oil feed to the motor and damaged the engine of Leffler's Dodge ending the day early for the Long Beach, CA. driver.
"We had a great truck here and we had a great truck at Daytona," said Leffler. "Unfortunately, we had trouble in both races. If we're there at the end, I feel like we're battling for the win. We'll just have to regroup and go after them at Martinsville."
Leffler earned $8,180 for the effort and is 17th in the season point standings, 147 points out of first place after two events.
Leffler and his Team ASE/CARQUEST team will return to action in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville (VA) Speedway, Saturday April 13. The third of 22 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races this season will take the green flag at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio.