MOORESVILLE, NC (July 7, 2003) - The commonwealth of Kentucky is known for many things - the Kentucky Derby, Mint Juleps, Fort Knox and great college basketball. But horse racing is not the only competition of speed in the 15th state has to offer.
MOORESVILLE, NC (July 7, 2003) - The commonwealth of Kentucky is known for many things - the Kentucky Derby, Mint Juleps, Fort Knox and great college basketball. But horse racing is not the only competition of speed in the 15th state has to offer. Nestled in the Bluegrass region not far from Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati is Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5 mile tri-oval that features racing of the motorized variety. It is a track that NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Jason Leffler admires for its unique characteristics.
"Kentucky Speedway is not your typical mile and a half racetrack," Leffler said. "It has some rough spots and some bumps and I like that. Those bumps give it a lot of character and that helps set it apart from some of the other mile and half cookie cutter tracks that we run on. I really enjoy competing on unique racetracks and I really like Kentucky Speedway because it is a little different and unusual."
Leffler seemed to adapt to the track fairly well last year. Leffler toured the Sparta, Ky. oval in 32.085 seconds (168.303 miles per hour), en route to one of his eight poles over the course of the 2002 NCTS season. He went on to finish fifth in a solid run for the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge.
"Last year Kentucky was a good race for us," Leffler said. "We really had a Top-3 truck, but the way pit stops rolled out, we ended up fifth. A couple of guys came in on that last round of pit stops just for fuel and that's how we ended up fifth. Hopefully we can improve on that finish this year."
Leffler and his Ultra Motorsports crew are taking the same truck they ran at Kansas to Kentucky Speedway. The silver Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was among the fastest trucks on the track at Kansas and Leffler is optimistic that it will be equally as stout this weekend.
"That was an awesome truck at Kansas," Leffler stated. "We passed a lot of trucks on the track because of all the problems we had but we fought all the way back to 7th. If those guys can give me a truck like that again at Kentucky then we will be in really good shape."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Kentucky Speedway is slated for Saturday July 12th at 8:00 pm ET. The race will be broadcast live nationally on the Speed Channel and MRN Radio.