Leffler set to tackle Dover DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 2, 2004) -- Don't look now, but Jason Leffler (No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet) is on a roll. Leffler finished a season-best fourth in the May 29 CarQuest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor ...
Leffler set to tackle Dover
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 2, 2004) -- Don't look now, but Jason Leffler (No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet) is on a roll.
Leffler finished a season-best fourth in the May 29 CarQuest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Since ending a four-race streak of disappointing outcomes with a sixth-place finish April 3 at Texas Motor Speedway, Leffler has finished out of the top 10 only twice in the last eight races.
And, finally, he's qualified worse than 10th only twice in 2004. The last time he did so was during time trials at Texas, where he started 11th. His poorest qualifying effort of the year was an 18th for the season's second race, Feb. 21 at North Carolina Speedway.
Coming off his best finish this season heading into Saturday's MBNA America 200 at Dover International Speedway where he posted his first NASCAR victory last year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Leffler has reason to be pumped about his prospects.
"I'm a little partial to Dover, because I got my first win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series here last year," Leffler says. "The high banks and the concrete create great, fast racing. It is almost like you are on a roller coaster racing on the edge the entire day.
"One false move, and you can cost yourself the race. Starting position is crucial, as it is at all tracks. Passing is always difficult, so starting up front gives you an advantage."
Momentum is the name of the game in racing, and Leffler, by all accounts, appears to have some on his side for now. He and his Haas CNC Racing team tested recently at Dover in hopes that the additional track time would pay off come race day.
Leffler was 20th in the NASCAR Busch Series standings after a disappointing 32nd-place finish March 27 at Bristol. After his fourth-place run at Charlotte, Leffler moved from 10th to ninth in the championship chase.
"Our two-day test allowed us to learn a few things about the track, and gave us good feedback on a setup that will work to our advantage," Leffler says. "Lowe's gave us a great finish and time to prove that we can run up front and be dominant. It gave the team a much-needed morale boost.
"Each race is pulling this team together more and more. We keep running up front and improving every weekend, getting closer and closer to a win. This team has shown great ability to improve itself, and it has begun to show in our finishes and in the overall points battle."