BUSCH: Darlington: Jason Leffler preview

Jason Leffler Darlington Quick Facts * Leffler has 11 career starts at Darlington Raceway -- (4) Busch Series, (4) Nextel Cup Series and (3) Craftsman Truck Series starts. * Leffler's strongest NBS performance at Darlington came last ...

Jason Leffler Darlington Quick Facts

* Leffler has 11 career starts at Darlington Raceway -- (4) Busch Series, (4) Nextel Cup Series and (3) Craftsman Truck Series starts.

* Leffler's strongest NBS performance at Darlington came last season when he drove the No. 38 to a 10th place finish after starting 16th. His best start came in 2004 when he qualified 5th.

* Leffler has one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole at Darlington to his credit. In 2002, Leffler started from the pole and led 13 laps but a problem with his oil line ended his day early.

MOTHER'S DAY TRADITION STARTED WITH BRAUN RACING SPONSOR

Braun racing associate sponsor, the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), is recognized as being the founder of the Mother's Day tradition. An idea by a member of FOE over 100 years ago led to Mother's Day. Frank Hering had the idea for a special day that would provide formal recognition for mothers. In 1904, he verbalized publicly his idea of a "national day of honor for Mothers" but it would take 10 years for it to become a reality. Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Congress in 1914, requesting a presidential proclamation making the second Sunday in May Mother's Day throughout the country. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed May 10, 1914 the first official Mother's Day.

LEFFLER ON DARLINGTON RACEWAY

"Darlington is a tough old race track, definitely the most mentally and physically challenging track we race at all year. It reminds me a lot of racing the sprint cars and midgets -- you strap in, hold on and beat and bang to the checkers. Tires are the big issue at Darlington. The track surface is so abrasive that it literally eats your tires up within a few laps. One of the keys to success is to make sure your car handles on the long runs after your tires are worn out. With turns one and two being completely different from three and four, you have to find a balance in the car's handling and give and take a little bit when it comes to the turns. It's not going to be perfect on either end of the track so you have to figure out where you can make up the most time to beat your competitors."

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION:

The Great Clips team will unload chassis # 23 in this weekend's event. Leffler drove #23 to a season-high fourth place finish last month at Nashville Superspeedway. Last season, #23 ran at Michigan (13th), California (24th) and Kansas (31st -- accident).

-credit: br

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