Jason Leffler Indianapolis review

CLERMONT, IN (August 4, 2000) - Prior to the Powerstroke 200, Jason Leffler had never driven in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. After the race, you could say Leffler was a true veteran of the series. The 24-year-old driver made...

CLERMONT, IN (August 4, 2000) - Prior to the Powerstroke 200, Jason Leffler had never driven in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. After the race, you could say Leffler was a true veteran of the series. The 24-year-old driver made his NCTS debut a memorable one steering the Team ASE/NATEF Ford to a seventh-place qualifying run on the tight .686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park oval. He then ran in the Top-10 for most of the race, surviving a tangle before finally falling out of the event with engine failure with just over 30 laps remaining. "We had a good truck tonight and one certainly capable of finishing in the Top-10," said Leffler, who was officially credited with 29th-place in the final running order. "Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but I have to thank Team ASE along with Jim and Marlene Smith for giving me this opportunity. I really enjoyed it and I hope I can come back and do it again sometime." Leffler, the three time United States Auto Club national midget champion (1997-99) and the 1998 USAC Silver Bullet titlest, wasted little time making an impression on the Truck Series crowd turning a lap of 22.528 seconds (109.624 miles per hour). The effort gridded Leffler seventh at the start, just one spot behind his Team ASE teammate, Mike Wallace. Leffler mirrored Wallace in the early going as the two Team ASE trucks raced in tandem throughout much of the race. A tight condition dropped Leffler back in the pack for a period before solid pit work by his Team ASE crew put the 24-year-old driver back with the front runners by Lap 140. Now running seventh, Leffler experienced firsthand the grind it out style of the Craftsman Truck Series when he was involved in a Turn 3 spin on Lap 147. "Terry Cook and I were racing pretty hard and I guess he just got up into me," said Leffler, who saw his truck take a ride into the retaining wall after the contact. "I'm sure he didn't do it on purpose, IRP is a tough little race track and that kind of thing happens here. It was just hard racing. You expect that in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series." Again, quick work by the Team ASE pit crew kept Leffler in the hunt after the incident. Unfortunately, Leffler's inaugural NCTS run would only last a few laps more when mechanical difficulties would sideline him for the night. Leffler officially completed 164 laps and the effort earned $7,220. "I think something in the motor let go," said Leffler, who's Team ASE truck featured the NATEF logo, an organization responsible for evaluating and recommending automotive training programs for ASE automotive technician certification. "These Craftsman trucks are really a blast to drive. It's really unfortunate that the night had to end like this. I was looking forward to a god finish tonight."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Mike Wallace , Terry Cook