Daytona II: Jason Leffler preview

* In nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Daytona, Leffler has logged four top-10 finishes, finishing outside the top-20 only once. His best performance occurred in the 2006 season opener when he posted a sixth place finish after ...

* In nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Daytona, Leffler has logged four top-10 finishes, finishing outside the top-20 only once. His best

performance occurred in the 2006 season opener when he posted a sixth place finish after starting 24th. He has completed 1008 of 1009 laps (99.9%) possible laps.

* Leffler has proved to be a strong qualifier at restrictor plate races, starting inside the top-three in the last five. One year ago, Leffler captured the pole at Daytona. He also has one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole at Daytona to his credit (2003).

LEFFLER ON DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:

"The mental challenge of restrictor-plate races is something that I really enjoy. You are in a position where you are constantly making decisions - which groove to jump in, who to draft with, etc. A good spotter is the magic key because you really have to rely on him in making those choices. I am lucky to have that in Tab Boyd; he is one of the best in the garage area and especially in these types of races. The entire race really gets your adrenaline pumping but it's those final five or ten laps that you pretty much hold your breath the entire time. There is a lot of bump-drafting going on and you just hope you can get a good shove to the lead. You really just don't know how it's all going to pan out until the checkered flag drops."

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION:

The No. 38 Great Clips team will unload chassis #004 in this weekend's Winn-Dixie 250. This is the same chassis Leffler has driven in his last five restrictor plate races. This season, Leffler drove #004 to a fourth place finish at Talladega, his best ever finish at a restrictor plate race, and to a 19th place finish in the season opener at Daytona. He also drove this chassis in all three restrictor plate races in 2007. While driving this car he has never qualified outside the top-three.

-credit: br

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler