Nextel Cup Driver Jason Leffler is pleased to announce the merger of Leffler Racing and BK Motorsports with driver Bud Kaeding. Together they will join forces to tackle the tough USAC National Sprint Car Series as well as the pavement events on the USAC Silver Crown Series in 2005.

Kaeding has raced on the USAC circuit since 2000 with 10 National event wins to his credit. He is also a two-time winner of the Perris Oval Nationals and the Western World Nationals at Manzanita.  In addition, Kaeding has two victories in the Sprint Car portion of the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora. Last year Kaeding scored second place in both the National Sprint Car Series and the Silver Crown Series. The newly formed team will be backed by Team ASE as the prominent sponsor. Leffler Racing and Bud Kaeding will run the entire National Sprint Car Series, looking for the first title for both.


"I feel it will be a great fit and I am very eager to start the 2005 racing season," said an excited Kaeding on his association with Leffler Racing and Team ASE.

Jason Leffler was a multi-time Midget Champion before steeping up to the NASCAR ranks in 2000.  He has raced in all three of NASCAR's national touring divisions (Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series), scoring victories in both Busch and Truck.  Leffler is competing full-time on the Nextel Cup Circuit in '05, driving the No. 11 FedEx Chevy Monte Carlo for Joe Gibbs Racing.

"I'm excited to be partnering with BK Motorsports," said Leffler.  "Bud (Kaeding) is a great racer and his on track success speaks for itself.  It means a lot for me to team up with these guys because I cut my racing teeth competing in the USAC ranks and I wouldn't be where I am today without having done so.  BK Motorsports is a top-notch organization and I anticipate a lot of success in 2005 and beyond."