With only two races remaining on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule, Jason Leffler is running out of time to knock out his first career win. If you asked around the garage area earlier in the season, nobody would have guessed the 27...
With only two races remaining on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule, Jason Leffler is running out of time to knock out his first career win. If you asked around the garage area earlier in the season, nobody would have guessed the 27 year-old would still be chasing a victory, especially him.
One thing is for sure, with his solid runs in the top-five, Leffler took a win as a for sure and he and his Ultra Motorsports #2 crew ended up getting bit. "We're trying to win. You can't try too hard because that's when you make mistakes. I did that earlier in the year and it probably took us out of having a shot to win a couple of races."
After qualifying eighth and running second in this past weekend's race at the California Speedway in Fontana, Leffler notched up his sixth second place finish, the most of any driver in the series who has yet to score a win. Many may think Leffler would be a little unhappy with yet another runner-up finish. But he's far from disappointed, he's elated. "If we can run in the Top-5 every week, I'm happy and the team is happy. The last three races we've been off a little bit, so to come here and run well, lead some laps and finish in the Top-5 lifts everyone's spirits."
Not only is Leffler still seeking that elusive first victory, he is seeking a solid runs in the final point standings as well. He currently sits fourth and has his eye on a possible runner-up result. He currently sits 189 points out of the lead with only two races remaining, Phoenix and Homestead. "It's going to be tough for us to get the lead, obviously. But we can get to second or third in the points fairly easily. We're just trying to keep up the points and see what we can get away with."
Leffler can get away with quite a bit in any form of racing. The California native began his racing career in open wheel and from time to time jumps back behind the wheel of a modified sprint car. He says however, despite his return to the open wheel ranks, he prefers going door to door with the boys of NASCAR. "I don't miss being in an open wheel car. I love NASCAR and I love driving stock cars. I've been fortunate enough to be in the Indianapolis 500, and I've done a lot of tire testing in the IRL for Treadway Racing. It was a great experience for me, and I took a lot of knowledge away from it."
Leffler's best shot at a Truck Series win may be this weekend at Phoenix, thanks to some of that open wheel experience. In the past, he's scored two open wheel wins along with a second place run in a Busch Series race held there. With the past runs, he's been looking forward to this weekend. "There have been a couple of races this season that I've really been looking forward to - Indianapolis Raceway Park and Phoenix. We finished second at IRP and I've been very successful at Phoenix in the past. This would be a perfect race for us to break through and get our first win of the season."
Heading to a track he is more than familiar and comfortable with, Jason Leffler is sure he and his #2 Dodge crew can one-up last week's finish of second and come home with that elusive win. "If we could cap it all off with a win, there's no way we couldn't call this season a success. I know my way around Phoenix pretty well, so hopefully this will be our week."