Jason Leffler and the NetZero HiSpeed Racing team made the most of an otherwise frustrating weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway by taking the chequered flag in 27th-place after starting 41st in the Sylvania 300 Sunday.

After struggling somewhat in the practice session leading up to their qualifying run Friday afternoon, Leffler and the team were forced to take a provisional starting spot for the second event this season at The Magic Mile in New England. Leffler ran a speed of 128.040 miles per hour around the 1.058-mile oval during his qualifying run and was awarded the 41st starting spot for the event.

Under the threat of rain in Loudon on Sunday, Leffler took the green flag and almost immediately radioed to crew chief Tony Furr that the car was tight in the centre and off in the corners. Furr and the NetZero HiSpeed Racing team made changes to the car at every opportunity, and though the changes made slight improvements, Leffler continued to experience a tight handling racecar for the duration of the race.

However despite his car's ill-handling characteristics, Leffler stayed away from the rash of caution flags that blighted the middle portion of the 300-lap race, showing patience during the afternoon and slowly working his way through traffic, taking the chequered flag in 27th place.

"We fought a tight condition the entire race, but that was a pretty decent finish for us," said Leffler. "The changes Tony made to the NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac were good and helped some, but we never got it exactly where we needed it to be. I fought hard not to lose a lap, but once the leaders got by me I was just never in the right place when the caution flag came out to get the lap back. Overall, the car was pretty good, the crew made good pit stops and we stayed out of trouble, so it wasn't a bad day for us."

The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team will next travel to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the running of the MBNA America 400 next Sunday.

 

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