Leffler wins pole for Daytona race

Daytona Beach, FL-Ultra Motorsports' Jason Leffler is picking up where he left off. After winning eight Bud Pole awards one year ago, Leffler put his ...

Daytona Beach, FL-Ultra Motorsports' Jason Leffler is picking up where he left off. After winning eight Bud Pole awards one year ago, Leffler put his #2 ASE Dodge on the top spot for Friday's Craftsman Truck Series race at the Daytona International Speedway.

Leffler had been the fastest truck in Tuesday's morning practice session and followed up his practice time by winning the pole with a top speed of 182.994 mph. Leffler held the top speed throughout the day as he was the first car to qualify on Tuesday. "This Team ASE Carquest Dodge was awesome," Leffler said. "Everybody really worked hard."

Starting alongside Leffler on row one will be the defending race winner, veteran Robert Pressley. Pressley topped his # 59 Harris Trucking Dodge at 181.973 mph on the speed chart.

Leffler's Ultra Motorsports teammate Ted Musgrave will line up behind him on the grid as he grabbed the third starting spot with his lap. Driving for Kevin Harvick Inc., Ed Berrier grabbed the fourth starting spot. Terry Cook, driving an F-150 Ford rounds out the top five qualifiers.

Chad Chaffin will start sixth in the #18 ride while Travis Kvapil will start his first race with his new team in seventh. Kvapil, the 2001 Rookie of the Year now pilots the IWX Motor Freight truck vacated by the 2002 champion, Mike Bliss.

Runner-up in the 2002 Raybestos Rookie of the Year battle, Bill Lester, will roll off of the grid eighth in his Bobby Hamilton Racing Machine.

The busiest man in racing this week, Mike Wallace will start the Truck Series 250-mile event in the ninth spot. Wallace is pulling a triple-header as he looks to start events in the Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck divisions.

Although the 08 team lacks a full-time sponsor for the 2003 season, Bobby Dotter managed to get a shot at Daytona and showed well with his tenth place qualifying run. Dotter ran the 10th fastest speed with a lap that clocked in at 180.985 mph.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Mike Wallace , Robert Pressley , Ted Musgrave , Terry Cook , Ed Berrier , Bill Lester , Chad Chaffin , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil