Leffler, Team ASE/CarQuest Dodge set to light it up at Texas. FT WORTH, TX (June 3, 2002) - There's no arguing Jason Leffler and his potent No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge are one of the teams to beat every week. That's especially true this week...
Leffler, Team ASE/CarQuest Dodge set to light it up at Texas.
FT WORTH, TX (June 3, 2002) - There's no arguing Jason Leffler and his potent No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge are one of the teams to beat every week.
That's especially true this week when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads for the ultra-fast Texas Motor Speedway for O'Reilly 400 presented by Valvoline DuraBlend.
"The 'Ultra Bad Boys' build awesome speedway trucks, there's no two ways about it," said Leffler. "Texas is one race in particular that I'm really excited about. It's big, super-fast and we race for the first time this year under the lights. We've had an awesome Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge everywhere we've gone so far this year and I know we'll be fast again when we unload at Texas."
Last year after qualifying was rained out, former driver Scott Riggs started the No.2 ASE mount on the pole by virtue of his NCTS points lead. While Riggs was at the top of the board in practice and qualifying, a solid run was not meant to be as he made hard contact with another truck just 22 laps in.
"Patience is going to be huge," commented Leffler who finished 17th in last year's NASCAR Winston Cup race at TMS. "You're going so fast that it's very important to take your time when and use your head when you go to make a pass or come up on lapped traffic. It's the kind of track where you have to stay focused and pick the other drivers off one at a time, because if you crash it's going to be big."
Last week at Dover, Leffler qualified third, but an early race miscue on pit road led to a one-lap penalty. While Leffler was able to run with the leaders throughout the 200-lap event, the caution flags never fell his way and the 26-year-old driver was unable to get back on the lead lap. Although he didn't battle for the win, the Team ASE pilot still managed to finish ninth, his fourth straight Top-10 of the season.
"That was kind of a bitter pill for me to swallow," commented Leffler. "I don't know if we had a truck capable of winning the race, but we should have gotten a Top-5 out of it. We've got an awesome truck to take to Texas and that first win of the season is close, real close. Racing under the lights always gets everybody fired up, so hopefully we can capitalize on the adrenaline and be in Victory Lane by the end of the night."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 presented by Valvoline DuraBlend will take the green flag Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The seventh 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.