Leffler, Team ASE/CarQuest Dodge looking to make history at Milwaukee. WEST ALLIS, WI (June 23, 2002) - With legendary names like Jones, Foyt, Andretti and Unser lining the record books of the historic Milwaukee Mile, it's no wonder a win at ...
Leffler, Team ASE/CarQuest Dodge looking to make history at Milwaukee.
WEST ALLIS, WI (June 23, 2002) - With legendary names like Jones, Foyt, Andretti and Unser lining the record books of the historic Milwaukee Mile, it's no wonder a win at "America's Legendary Oval" is a high priority for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jason Leffler.
"Milwaukee is cool," said Leffler, who will steer the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge in the GNC Live Well 200 NCTS event at Milwaukee this weekend. "They started racing there in 1903, so they've been racing there almost 100 years. I spent a lot of time in Parnelli Jones' shop while I was growing up and he was the king at Milwaukee. Parnelli won something like six out of seven races at Milwaukee in the 1960s and other guys like Roger Ward, A.J. Foyt and Bobby Unser have all won there. That's a pretty impressive list and one I would really like to add my name to."
As a charter member on the Truck Series tour, the annual stop in southeastern Wisconsin has produced seven different winners in seven events. Ultra Motorsports has produced three Top-5s finishes in seven tries, including a win with former driver Mike Bliss in 1998. Last year, Scott Riggs qualified ninth and finished 24th after mechanical difficulties sidelined the Team ASE entry for 26 of the 200 contested laps.
Meanwhile, Leffler has just one prior Milwaukee Mile start to his credit - a 15th-place finish behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs-owned NASCAR Busch Series entry in 2000. This time around, the Long Beach, CA driver will be paired with last year's NCTS winner, Ted Musgrave, his Ultra Motorsports teammate.
"Ted won the race last year and he has a lot of experience at Milwaukee," commented Leffler who comes into the ninth NCTS race of the season fifth in points. "That's going to be a big asset for me. I've only raced at Milwaukee once, but I really liked the racetrack. As the weekend goes on we should be able to work in a second groove, so there will be a lot of room to pass. We've got a great ASE/CARQUEST Dodge to take with us, so I'm definitely looking forward to it."
Last week at Memphis, Leffler scored his fourth Bud Pole in eight NCTS races this season and brought home a solid fourth-place finish.
"We never got the truck to run as well as we had hoped at Memphis," commented Leffler of his third Top-5 of the season. "The guys did a great job, but we were just a little bit off. Hopefully we can build off that run in Memphis and use it as a stepping stone for a win at Milwaukee."
The GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile will take the green flag Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The eighth race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast 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.