Bristol: Jason Leffler preview

Jason Leffler ready for the challenges of Bristol's famed short-track * Jason Leffler sporting the color of the Irish at Bristol Motor Speedway... Leffler returns to the seat of the No. 10 ABF Camry this weekend at "Thunder Valley." During the...

Jason Leffler ready for the challenges of Bristol's famed short-track

* Jason Leffler sporting the color of the Irish at Bristol Motor Speedway... Leffler returns to the seat of the No. 10 ABF Camry this weekend at "Thunder Valley." During the 2010 season, Leffler will spend his time piloting Braun Racing's No. 10 Camry (eight races) and No. 38 Camry (27 races), competing in a full schedule and making a run for the 2010 driver championship. Leffler and his crew, including crew chief, Scott Zipadelli, will remain together for all 35 races, despite the swapping of car numbers and sponsors.

* Leffler flexes his muscle at Bristol... Over the last couple of years, the Long Beach, Calif.-native has proven himself as a solid contender at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile." In his last five starts at the famed track, Leffler has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Additionally, he has one pole to his credit (fall, 2008) and a total of 81 laps led.

* Best Bristol performance... Leffler's best performance at Bristol came in fall, 2008 when he captured the pole and led for 81 laps before finishing a close second to Kasey Kahne (now his Braun Racing teammate).

Leffler on the beating and banging that defines Bristol

"I have come to love racing at Bristol, but that wasn't always the case. When I first started racing in the Nationwide Series, I struggled so much there. Over the last few years, I have finally figured the place out. It's challenging and I like that! It's top on my list of tracks I would love to get a win at and we have been pretty close on a couple of occasions. In 2008, Kasey (Kahne) and I battled hard in the final laps and ended up finishing one and two. I wouldn't mind battling it out like that again this time around, but I want to be the one celebrating in victory lane when it's all said and done. I'd love to give our long-time sponsor, ABF, a win and to do it at Bristol would be quite an accomplishment for this team!"

Leffler on the virtue of patience at Bristol

"With 43 cars starting the race on a half-mile track, there are a lot of things happening all at once. You have to be on top of your game every second of the race and know what's going on around you every lap. Everyone says that patience is one of the keys to success at Bristol, but with everyone beating and banging each other that can be a pretty tall order. You just have to get yourself in the right frame of mind before you climb into the seat."

Equipment Information

The No. 10 ABF team will hit the track with chassis #041 in this weekend's Food City 300. This is the same chassis Leffler piloted just a few weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway (finished 14th). Chassis #041 made its track debut in 2009 -- competing at Michigan International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway, where Leffler finished 11th and 30th, respectively, in those races.

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kasey Kahne