Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge disappointed at Richmond. VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS 200 RACE OVERVIEW - What looked to be a promising run ended in a last lap, multi-truck melee relegating Leffler to a 12th-place finish. Leffler led the first 84 ...
Leffler, Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge disappointed at Richmond.
VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS 200 RACE OVERVIEW -
What looked to be a promising run ended in a last lap, multi-truck melee relegating Leffler to a 12th-place finish. Leffler led the first 84 circuits, but made contact early with a lapped truck, punching a hole in the grill of his No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge. The Long Beach, CA driver overcame a tight handling condition caused by the front-end damage, but hung in the Top-10 all night until the final lap wreck dashed his hopes of a top finish.
JASON LEFFLER ON CAPTURING HIS DIVISION-LEADING EIGHTH BUD POLE AWARD OF 2002:
"I just have to thank everybody at Ultra Motorsports. The 'Ultra Bad Boys' did an awesome job. I wrecked my primary ASE/CARQUEST Dodge early this morning in practice and we whipped out the backup and won the pole. It was a great team effort. I've won a lot of poles this season, but I'm really excited about this one."
LEFFLER ON THE DIFFERENCE IN THE TRACK FROM PRACTICE TO QUALIFYING:
"I thought I had a shot at the pole, but Mike (Bliss) laid down a really good lap and I didn't know how much the track gave up from practice to qualifying. The track gave up a little bit from this morning, but not a whole lot. My crew chief Tim Kohuth made some great adjustments right before qualifying and it really paid off."
LEFFLER ON HIS NIGHT AT RICHMOND:
"I just have to thank all the guys and our sponsors. Everyone did a great job tonight. Unfortunately, I went to pass a lapped truck early, and he did the right thing trying to get out of the way, but I ran into the back of him and punched a hole in the nose early on. (Rick) Crawford got by my on that restart and once we got back in traffic, the truck just kept getting tighter and tighter."
LEFFLER ON THE FINAL LAP WRECK:
"The No. 4 and No. 75 got together between turns one and two and the No. 4 hit the wall pretty hard and shot back down across the track and clipped me in the right rear. I didn't have anywhere to go. It was the white flag lap and everyone was trying to finish, so they just kept pilling in. It got pretty ugly."