Chicagoland: Jason Leffler preview

* Minneapolis Motorsports Day THIS Thursday... Four prominent Minnesota-based companies, a touring late model series featuring at least 15 cars and thousands of Minnesota race fans will come together on Thursday, July 8 on Elko Speedway's freshly...

* Minneapolis Motorsports Day THIS Thursday... Four prominent Minnesota-based companies, a touring late model series featuring at least 15 cars and thousands of Minnesota race fans will come together on Thursday, July 8 on Elko Speedway's freshly laid Dirt Track for the first ever Minnesota Motorsports Teams Give Back charity event benefiting five nonprofit organizations! Jason Leffler will be joined by AJ Allmendinger (Best Buy), Greg Biffle (3M) and Clint Bowyer (General Mills) at the event.

The day kicks off with a FREE meet and greet session from 11 a.m. -- 1 p.m. at the Mall of America in the Best Buy Rotunda before the drivers head to Elko Speedway. Each fan will be greeted with a merchandise stuffed gift bag, free Great Clips haircuts, General Mills Characters and much more.

The drivers will then head to Elko Speedway, which has been transformed into a dirt track for the month of July. The 3/8 mile, high banked asphalt track will be covered in 12 inches of clay and will be the new dirt grid iron for the Wisconsin, Iowa, MN Invitational Championship Race featuring at least 15 late model drivers from across the Midwest brought to race against Leffler and his fellow NASCAR drivers.

* It's official! Eddie Pardue joins Braun Racing... Veteran crew chief, Eddie Pardue, will call the shots for Leffler and the No. 38 team on a fulltime basis. Pardue comes to Braun Racing after spending the last ten years at Roush Racing where he moved quickly through the ranks, serving as crew chief since 2006 for the team's Nationwide Series program.

* Chicagoland Speedway, by the numbers... In six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Chicago, Leffler has logged one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best performance at the 1.5-mile track occurred just last season when he drove to a fourth-place finish after starting 12th.

Leffler on racing at Chicagoland Speedway

"Chicagoland is a fast track with multiple grooves so it's pretty easy to pass. You can run the high groove or the bottom groove and move around as much or as little as you need to based on how the car is handling. Generally, you don't see a lot of cautions during this race so don't be surprised if it comes down to fuel mileage and pit strategy in the end. The Great Clips team has grown stronger and stronger at these 1.5-mile tracks and with the addition of Eddie Pardue to the team, we feel pretty sure that we can go in this weekend and be a top contender for the win."

Equipment Information

The No. 38 Great Clips team will hit the track with chassis #BR023 in this weekend's Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola. This chassis last saw track time at Auto Club Speedway

-source: braun racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Greg Biffle , Clint Bowyer