Experience a plus for Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at Vegas. LAS VEGAS, NV (October 4, 2002) - Jason Leffler has seen just about everything Las Vegas Motor Speedway has to offer. From manhandling a near two-ton NASCAR Winston Cup car to ...
Experience a plus for Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 4, 2002) - Jason Leffler has seen just about everything Las Vegas Motor Speedway has to offer. From manhandling a near two-ton NASCAR Winston Cup car to practically defying gravity in a 1,550-pound Indy Racing League entry, Leffler has learned through experience what it takes to get around the tricky 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval.
When the green flag drops on the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race, Leffler will make his fourth career appearance in as many divisions at LVMS, this time in the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram for Ultra Motorsports.
"I've raced just about anything on four wheels at Las Vegas, from Winston Cup and Busch to the IRL," commented Leffler. "I've never raced a truck at Vegas, but with all the experience I have in different divisions I don't envision any big hurdles that we should have to overcome. Our speedway program at Ultra Motorsports has been very strong all year. With the exception of a few bumps in the road, we've been contenders for the win on almost every superspeedway where we've raced this season."
Last season, Leffler piloted the No. 01 Dodge Intrepid Winston cup entry at LVMS for Chip Ganassi racing and notched a 28th-place finish. Former Team ASE driver Scott Riggs started and finished fourth in the Truck Series annual stop in Las Vegas.
In 2000, Leffler made a pair of starts at Las Vegas, finishing 15th in the Indy Racing League event for Treadway Racing along with a 28th-place finish in the NASCAR Busch Series race.
"It's definitely a driver's racetrack," commented Leffler. "There are two grooves, so that makes more fun then a lot of places. I really like racing a full-bodied vehicle like a stock car or a truck at a place like Las Vegas because the driver plays more of an important role.
"With the Indy Car, it's more the engineers and the aerodynamics of the car that play a bigger role," continued Leffler. "With the truck, you drive a lot more by feel and the driver is able to relate he feels back to the crew and adjust from there. Plus there's a lot of room on the track for me to find a faster line."
With only four races remaining on the 2002 schedule, Leffler sits sixth in the point's standings, 196 markers behind leader Mike Bliss. While the Long Beach, CA driver knows he faces long odds to win the championship, Leffler knows how he finishes in the last four events could mean the difference between finishing in or out of the Top-5 in the final season standings.
"It would be pretty hard for us to win the championship at this point," explained Leffler. "As well as the Mike (Bliss) and Rick (Crawford) have been running it's going to be hard to catch them. Even though we're probably out of the championship we're only 84 points out of third. We've got four races to go and we'll just keep plugging away. We're coming up on four tracks that I really enjoy, so maybe we can capitalize on that and get a win or two before the year is over."
The Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Sunday, October 13 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 19th race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast live 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.