Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge dialed in for Dover. Dodge on a roll heading into Dover Downs. DOVER, DE (May 28, 2002) - Fresh off his second consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series runner-up finish, Jason Leffler and his No. 2 ...
Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge dialed in for Dover.
Dodge on a roll heading into Dover Downs.
DOVER, DE (May 28, 2002) - Fresh off his second consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series runner-up finish, Jason Leffler and his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram are eager to return action at the infamous Dover Downs International Speedway "Monster Mile" in the MBNA America 200.
"Dover is definitely one of my favorite racetracks," said Leffler. "It's almost like a roller coaster the way you drop down in the corners. You run on the ragged edge all day, so it gets to be pretty exciting. I ran fairly well last year in the spring Winston Cup race and this Ultra Motorsports team won both times they raced on concrete last season. With all of our combined experience, I think we should be in good shape."
Leffler will be wheeling the ASE/CARQUEST Dodge that won last year's Dover NCTS clash and is primed to repeat the 2001 feat. After winning last year and having victory snatched from them the year before, Tim Kohuth and the "Ultra Bad Boys" are poised to continue their assault on the Dover's high banks when the Truck Series makes it's third visit to one-mile speedway.
"I'm not sure why we seem to run so well at Dover," said Kohuth. "Personally, I like Dover. That's where I got my first win as a crew chief with Ken Schrader in the Busch Series. It's just a neat place because the track doesn't change. From a crew chief's stand point, that's one less thing to worry about. I'm very familiar with Dover, just because it seems like I've raced there forever from my days in Winston Cup and Busch. The Truck Series has a great race at Dover. It's not that long - it seems like we run just the right amount of laps."
While in Dover, Leffler and his Ultra Motorsports teammate, Ted Musgrave, will visit Poly Tech High School on behalf of ASE to inform young people about careers in the automotive service industry.
"ASE has supported my career since the open-wheel days," explained Leffler. "Not only have they supported me for a long time, but ASE has supported Ultra Motorsports for the past seven seasons. It's a great opportunity for me to promote my sponsor and to help young people get tuned in to some of the great career opportunities that are available in the automotive service field. It also affords myself and my teammate the chance to go out in the community and spend some time with the people who cheer for us on the racetrack."
In his last NCTS outing at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Leffler scored his second pole position of the season and dominated the first half of the 200-lap event. He eventually finished second jumping to fourth in the Truck Series championship chase in the process.
"We had a good run at Pikes Peak," commented Leffler. "We definitely had a truck capable of winning. We didn't win, but we sat on the pole, led the most laps and dominated most of the race. We had an awesome truck and a great points day. If we keep clicking off Top-5s we are going to win our share. We've been on a pretty good roll lately. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge always runs well at Dover so that's going to be another racetrack where we'll be a contender."
The MBNA America 200 will take the green flag Friday, May 31 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The sixth race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio nationwide.
ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) also has a long involvement in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As the primary sponsor on the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST entry, the non-profit organization has been able to highlight its efforts to provide the highest quality professional technician certification and assessment services at all levels of vehicle maintenance and repair. In addition to ASE's racing involvement, the organization is active in numerous civic, charitable, educational and humanitarian activities.