Jason Leffler Rolls into Auto Club Speedway as the Nationwide Series Points Leader
· Leader of the pack... With an eighth-place finish last weekend at Bristol, Leffler took control of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) point standings. The rest of the top-five in the standings includes Ricky Stenhouse (-2), Justin Allgaier (-18), Reed Sorenson (-21) and Aric Almirola (-23).
· Leffler at Auto Club Speedway... By the numbers... Despite being his home track, Auto Club Speedway (ACS) has rarely been kind to the Long Beach-native. In 14 NNS starts at ACS, Leffler has one pole to his credit (2004) with two top-10 finishes and six top-15 finishes. His best performance at the 2-mile oval came back in 2005 when he started and finished from the seventh position.
· Crew chief, Eddie Pardue, knows the way to victory lane at LVMS... Eddie Pardue is Leffler's right-hand man and will call the shots for the championship-contending driver in 2011. Though Leffler has never visited ACS's victory lane, Pardue would have no problem directing his driver how to get there. The veteran crew chief led driver, Greg Biffle, to the win at the Fontana-based track in 2006.
· This week's Impala... The No. 38 Great Clips team will unload chassis TMS-123 this weekend at ACS. This race will be the maiden voyage for this chassis, as it has yet to see on-track action.
Leffler on racing at Auto Club Speedway
"This is a really fun race track. It's wide-open pretty much all the way around and has multiple grooves so there is a lot of two and three-wide racing. You carry a lot of speed down the straight-aways and with the sweeping corners you can run around the bottom or you can run up high. You're always searching for that groove where your car is the fastest."
Leffler on making a return visit to his favorite coast
"I always look forward to the chance to get back to the west coast. With the hectic schedule we have all year I don't get to see my family and friends out here as often as I would like, so this race gives me a chance to do that. To win at this track would be a huge deal for me. Of course, you want to win every race, but you especially want that win in front of the home crowd with your family and friends cheering you on."
-source: turner motorsports