Ultra Motorsports to enter third truck in Hardee's 250 Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Biffle to race No. 7 Dodge MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 6, 2003) - Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith announced today that former NASCAR Craftsman...
Ultra Motorsports to enter third truck in Hardee's 250
Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Biffle to race No. 7 Dodge
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 6, 2003) - Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith announced today that former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Greg Biffle will drive Ultra's third entry in the inaugural truck race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 16.
Biffle will join a powerful Ultra Motorsports team that consists of Ted Musgrave, driver of the No. 1 Mopar Dodge, and Jason Leffler, driver of the No. 2 ASE/Carquest Dodge. Biffle will drive the No. 7 Dodge Ram sponsored by American Tire Distributors in the Hardee's 250. It will be prepared and serviced by crew members on Smith's No. 7 NASCAR Winston Cup team.
"We're just doing this for the fun of it," Smith said. "This is just a one-race deal. Greg called me and asked if he could drive one of my trucks, and I saw no reason not to let him. He's a truck series champion and a superb talent, and we're happy to have him on board for this race."
Biffle was scheduled to test the No. 7 truck Monday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but rain showers postponed the daylong session.
"This is just an opportunity that presented itself," Smith said. "I always wanted Greg to drive one of my trucks, and this seemed like a good time for it. He got approval from Jack Roush, I got approval from American Tire Distributors, and now we're ready to go."
The Ultra Motorsports entries continue to be among the elite trucks in the series. Musgrave and Leffler combined for 11 Bud Pole Awards and 23 top fives last year. Musgrave found his way to Victory Lane three times.
This year, the Ultra teams have combined to win three of four poles. Musgrave currently sits fourth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck point standings with three top fives. Leffler is in 10th with a pair of top-10 finishes.
"If we're not in the winner's circle, we're not happy," Smith said. "We've done so much with our truck program that I expect nothing less than a win every time we race. I've got two drivers in Teddy and Jason who are capable of doing that, and we're going to put Greg in a piece of equipment that will give him a chance to do that as well."
Smith is a big reason why the truck series exists today. Along with fellow off-road racers Dick Landfield, Jim Venable and Frank Vessels, Smith commissioned the first NASCAR Super Truck prototype in 1993. The quartet showcased the Super Truck in the Circle Track Trade Show at the Daytona 500 the following year and four "demonstration" races were held later that season. The new truck was so well received within the racing community that NASCAR quickly picked up the series in 1995.
To this day, Smith is the only owner to field a truck in every race in series history. A win in 2003 will continue his string of being the only owner to win a race in every season.