Millington, TN (June 21, 2003) - Jason Leffler battled hard for 200 laps on a hot Memphis Saturday afternoon, fighting his way through a host of other NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors and a crowded pit road to post a solid sixth place ...
Millington, TN (June 21, 2003) - Jason Leffler battled hard for 200 laps on a hot Memphis Saturday afternoon, fighting his way through a host of other NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors and a crowded pit road to post a solid sixth place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park. Leffler's Ultra Motorsports teammate Ted Musgrave captured the checkered flag, marking the 28th victory for Ultra Motorsports and tying Roush Racing for the most victories in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history.
"The Team ASE CARQUEST Dodge was pretty good today," Leffler said. "At times it was just a tick tight and I couldn't get off the corner as good as I would like too but overall crew chief Dennis Connor and these guys gave me a good truck. We got blocked in on our first pit stop and that hurt us with track position and we had to fight our way forward. I am a competitor and you always want to win, but if I couldn't win I am glad that Ted did. Congratulations to Ted, his guys and Jim Smith on win number 28."
Leffler qualified in the seventh position and was making his way forward when he got caught up in a racing incident with Rick Crawford on lap 26. Leffler's Dodge inadvertently tapped Crawford's truck and sent it spinning.
"I apologized to Rick and I feel bad about what happened," Leffler stated. "A bunch of us were just racing hard and I smoked the tires getting in. It was certainly not intentional and something I tried to keep from happening. I think the damage we got from it was what caused us to get tight at times."
The Memphis race marked the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series 200th event. Leffler ran in the top-ten all day and made a late charge to move from ninth to sixth in the closing 50 laps. The sixth place finish helped Leffler jump two spots into ninth position in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season standings.
"It is great to move up in the points but we know we can do better and we will get the chance to do that at Milwaukee," Leffler said. "We had a great truck there last year, we finished second and this year we have a special paint scheme featuring The Hulk. So we will take the Team ASE CARQUEST Hulk machine and see what we can do."
The next event for the NCTS is the GNC Live Well 200 at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday June 28th at 3:00 ET. The race will be broadcast live nationally on the Speed Channel and MRN.