Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge riding high heading for Nashville. LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2002) - With six Top-5 finishes in the last seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Jason Leffler and his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge are riding a...
Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge riding high heading for Nashville.
LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2002) - With six Top-5 finishes in the last seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Jason Leffler and his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge are riding a wave of momentum into this weekend's Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
"With the exception of one race, we've had an awesome seven-week run," commented Leffler, whose worst finish in the last seven races was a 27th three weeks ago when he was collected by a lapped truck while leading late in the race at New Hampshire International Speedway. "Nashville should be another good track for us. I've never raced there, but I did have a great test at Nashville this spring and it's the type of track where Ultra Motorsports always runs well. Scott Riggs won from the pole last year and Ted Musgrave finished second. We're taking the same truck we won the pole and finished fourth with at Kansas. We'll have a good piece, that's for sure."
While Leffler has limited experience on the high-banked, 1.5-mile Nashville concrete oval, the 26-year old driver has a wealth of laps on racetracks on tracks similar in configuration.
"Big tracks like Nashville are places where we usually run very well," explained Leffler. "What makes it even better for us is that the racetrack is concrete. Even though we didn't finish as well as we wanted too, we ran very well at Dover, another concrete track. The concrete surface seems to provide more grip than asphalt and if you take that into consideration it makes it that much easier to get the truck set up. It's the kind of place where it's fun to race and everyone usually enjoys themselves. When you go in with that mind set, you just seem to run better."
In addition to competing for the win at Nashville, Leffler is in the thick of the 2002 NCTS championship chase. Just two races ago, Leffler was seventh in the season standings, a distant 131 points out of the first place. Back-to-back runner-up finishes in the most recent tour events at Michigan and Indianapolis Raceway Park have boosted the Long Beach, CA native to third in the battle, a mere 29 markers behind leader Mike Bliss.
"The 'Ultra Bad Boys' have really rallied these last two weeks," said Leffler. "We've made up 102 points in just two races, so that speaks volumes about the character of this team. We crashed while we were leading at Loudon and that cost us big in the points. Everyone has bounced back and kept their heads up and that's what champions are made of. If we can put together another good run this week at Nashville, we'll be in really good shape heading into the late stages of the season."
The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag Friday, August 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event 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.