Friday, June 07, 2002

Leffler earns pole for NASCAR trucks at Texas

The Associated Press

        FORT WORTH, Texas — Jason Leffler earned his third NASCAR trucks pole of the season with a qualifying lap of 180.519 mph at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday.

        Leffler will start his Dodge on the front row for Friday's O'Reilly 400 with hometown-favorite David Starr, the series points leader, in a Chevrolet.

        Starr, whose family runs a racing school at the track and lives in Irving less than an hour away, is the only driver to finish in the top 10 of all six races this season. However, he hasn't won in 53 career starts — his best finish a third at Texas last June.

        Leffler has four straight top 10s, his best finish being second off the pole at Pikes Peak on May 19. His other pole was at Darlington., S.C., where he finished 30th after engine problems.


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