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Promoting automotive service excellence right on target for Leffler, Musgrave at Texas. FT WORTH, TX (September 9, 2002) - In an effort to heighten awareness surrounding career opportunities in the automotive service industry, Jason Leffler and...

Promoting automotive service excellence right on target for Leffler, Musgrave at Texas.

FT WORTH, TX (September 9, 2002) - In an effort to heighten awareness surrounding career opportunities in the automotive service industry, Jason Leffler and his Ultra Motorsports teammate, Ted Musgrave, will address 200 students Friday morning at Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth while in town for the Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

"It's a great opportunity for me to give something back to my sponsors and the Ft. Worth community," said Leffler, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram. "Ted and I have done this a couple of times this year and it's always a lot of fun. The automotive service industry is booming, so this is a great time for students who might be on the fence of what career path to follow to consider becoming a professional automotive technician. I'm fortunate enough to have the only ASE certified pit crew in all of NASCAR waiting for me on pit road. That gives me the same confidence in my crew that the average consumer has when they take their car to an ASE certified technician."

Leffler also has a solid on-track record along with a ride that has captured three consecutive pole positions in the last three NCTS events contested at the lightning fast 1.5-mile Ft. Worth oval. While the Long Beach, CA driver has three previous starts at TMS, including a pair of poles, Leffler has yet to quench his thirst for the Winner's Circle.

"I won the pole for the Busch race at Texas in 2000 and we won the pole for the Spring Truck race this year, but we haven't been able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and get that win," commented Leffler, whose best finish at Texas is 17th coming in last year's Winston Cup event while driving for Chip Ganassi. "I had a fairly decent run in the Cup car last year and the ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was awesome in the spring until we got caught up with a lapped truck, but none of that matters anymore. What we're focusing on is having a good run so we can get some points and work our way back into contention for this Truck Series championship."

Meanwhile, Musgrave comes into Round Two at Texas fourth in the chase for the 2002 NCTS crown. While Musgrave has yet to grab the checkered flag at Texas, the veteran driver always has a truck capable of winning.

"We've been close, actually really close at Texas, but we've always come up just a little short," explained the nine-time NCTS career winner. "Last spring, the Mopar Dodge was pretty good, but we ran out of fuel and that cost us. In the fall race, both Ultra Motorsports trucks were dominant but believe or not, we both cut right-front tires late in the race, so we came up short again. This spring, both our trucks were the class of the field until Jason ran into some problems and I had some trouble with the steering on the Mopar Dodge. I still managed to finish fifth, but I felt like we had a truck capable of winning.

"Track position is critical at Texas," continued Musgrave. "Keeping the truck near the front is going to be key for either myself or Jason. The way the Dodge's are set up aerodynamically, we need to be out front in clean air. The truck that's out front in clean air at the end is going to be in a lot better shape than the truck in dirty air with four fresh tires."

While Musgrave's performance at Texas has fell short of his expectations, strangely enough, the Truck Series championship contender feels like the visit to Tarrant County College Friday morning before the race might be what propels him to Victory Lane.

"We've done two school visits this year at Darlington and Dover and I was able to win both races later that day," said Musgrave. "We've got another one lined up before the Texas race and hopefully we'll be able to make it three for three. If that's the way it turns out, we'll be looking to line up school visits for the rest of the year."

The Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Friday, September 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 17th race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide and telecast on a delayed basis at 11:30 Eastern on espn2.

ABOUT ASE

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.

-tase/um-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Chip Ganassi