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BUSCH: Leffler wins first race at Nashville

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BUSCH: Leffler wins first race at Nashville
Jun 13, 2004, 12:40 AM

By Thomas Chemris Multi series veteran Jason Leffler scored his first ever Busch series victory by winning a fuel mileage battle with rookie Kyle Busch. Leffler, who started on the outside pole took the lead for the final time as Busch ran out ...

By Thomas Chemris

Multi series veteran Jason Leffler scored his first ever Busch series victory by winning a fuel mileage battle with rookie Kyle Busch.

Leffler, who started on the outside pole took the lead for the final time as Busch ran out of gas and spun on the front straight with four laps remaining, giving the Indiana native his first series victory in fifty-six starts.

"It's not the way I wanted to win", Leffler said, referring to the misfortune of his competition. Leffler noted that he was unsure of crew chief, Booty Bakers call to gamble on fuel, but in the end the risk paid off, and gave a much needed boost to the Haas CNC team.

Busch, who fell a lap down as a result of the mishap was regulated to a seventeenth place finish.

Finishing behind Leffler were pole sitter Martin Truex Jr, followed by Clint Bowyer, Mike Bliss and Ron Hornaday.

In an unusual circumstance, NASCAR red flagged the event for "pending rain" while the racing surface was still dry. Indicating the imminent whether front was severe enough that track officials needed time to clear the grandstands to assure the safety of the spectators. Eventually, the skies did open and after a three-hour delay the race resumed shortly after midnight.

The delay put a tremendous amount of stress on several drivers who were committed to run the Nextel cup event at Pocono the following day. Track drying began just before many drivers were approaching a self-imposed deadline, at which time they would have left the track. Casey Kahne, Robby Gordon, Michael Waltrip, and Greg Biffle all remained at the track, finishing the race. The late night hours impacted their travel schedules and they did not arrive in Pocono until after five AM.

By virtue of the fishing order, New Jersey's Martin Truex has once again regained the points lead, forty-five points ahead of Kyle Busch.

1994 series champion David Green suffered an engine failure on lap 143, finishing thirty-forth. The disappointing finish did not change Green's third place standing, however his margin out of first has risen to 253 markers.

Next week the series heads to Kentucky for the Meijer 300.

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