Darlington: Jason Leffler preview

Darlington Consistency Could Help Jason Leffler Close the Gap in the standings; Leffler Moves to Third in the Nationwide Series Point Standings Leffler's tenth place finish last weekend at RIR moved him up to third in the Nationwide Series (NNS)...

Darlington Consistency Could Help Jason Leffler Close the Gap in the standings; Leffler Moves to Third in the Nationwide Series Point Standings

Leffler's tenth place finish last weekend at RIR moved him up to third in the Nationwide Series (NNS) point standings, leading all NNS regulars. Leffler is still within striking distance of series standings leader Busch (198 points back), and is 116 behind Edwards, who is in second.

LEFFLER'S DARLINGTON HIGHLIGHTS

In six total NNS starts at Darlington, Leffler has three top-10 finishes, all of which have come in his last three starts there. His best performance at the 1.366-mile track came in 2007 when he posted a sixth-place finish after starting tenth and leading for 17 laps.

LEFFLER LOOKING TO GAIN GROUND IN THE STANDINGS THIS WEEEKND

According to NASCAR's Loop Data Stats for this weekend's event, Leffler has a good shot at gaining more ground in the standings with another solid finish. Leffler is ranked 8th in average running position, higher than both Busch (9th) and Edwards (21st). Additionally, Leffler has a Driver Rating of 102.6, which bests Edwards rating of 79.3.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! 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 THE FAMOUS DARLINGTON STRIPE:

"There is a reason they call Darlington Raceway the "track too tough to tame." It's one of the toughest tracks we go to but some of the best racing you will see all year. You have to work really hard throughout practice to find a good balance in your handling. With turns one and two being completely different from three and four, finding that balance can be tough. You have to keep up with the track all night as conditions change because, if you don't, it will sneak up on you and make for a long night. The famous Darlington Stripe is always something that's in the back of your mind. You run so close to the wall there that the chances of rubbing up against it, at least once, are pretty good. Of course, hopefully it's just a little love tap and not a full out smack that can easily end your night early."

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION

The No. 38 Great Clips team will unload chassis # 23 in this weekend's Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway. Leffler last drove #23 at California Speedway where he posted a second-place finish. Leffler raced chassis #23 three times last year: both Bristol races, finishing 6th and 15th, and at Homestead where he brought home a fourth-place finish.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler