Memphis: Jason Leffler preview

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 16, 2003) - Jason Leffler is just looking for some luck, of the good kind this time around. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge has been very fast over the past few NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, but misfortune in the form of...

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 16, 2003) - Jason Leffler is just looking for some luck, of the good kind this time around. The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge has been very fast over the past few NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, but misfortune in the form of cut tires and engine woes derailed the Ultra Motorsports team at Charlotte and Texas, leaving them with that less than satisfied feeling. Only at Dover did things go right, allowing Leffler to post his first NCTS win.

"It is just hard to build momentum in the points when we can't develop the consistency that we need." Leffler said. "We have had great trucks but we haven't had the racing luck that allows us to get the finishes we would like to have. Hopefully Memphis will be good for us"

Memphis Motorsports Park proved to be a tonic for Leffler last year. He captured the pole and finished fourth in the event, starting a streak of strong runs that propelled him to a fourth place finish in the 2002 NCTS standings. Leffler knows this is the type of track that can help him move up from his current 11th place position in this year's points standings.

"I like Memphis because it is a place where the driver really makes a difference," Leffler said. "The corners there are really tight, so getting the right amount of forward bite is important especially if you get into a long run. The front straightaway is kinked a little so you can arc the truck out to get through Turns 1 and 2, but Turns 3 and 4 are really tight. There's also a bump in the track right before the entrance to Turn 3, so that gives Memphis a little character as well. I've got quite a bit of experience at Memphis and I always enjoy racing there."

Leffler's history at the .75 mile Memphis layout is not limited to just NCTS action. He has five previous starts at Memphis including three in the USAC Silver Crown ranks that resulted in a pair of Top-5s including a third-place finish in 1999. The Long Beach, CA driver also has two Busch Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing in addition to his fourth place finish in the truck series last year.

"Memphis has been a good track for us in the past," Leffler stated. "We have had some good runs here in the USAC Silver Crown cars, and our Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was pretty good last year. I love short track racing -- it reminds me of my open wheel days with close side-by-side racing and lots of action for the fans."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park is slated for Saturday June 21. The event will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio at 3 pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing