Daytona: Jason Leffler preview

JASON LEFFLER * In ten (10) NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Daytona, Leffler has logged four top-10 finishes, finishing outside the top-20 on just two occasions. His best performance occurred in the 2006 season-opener when he posted a sixth...

JASON LEFFLER

* In ten (10) NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Daytona, Leffler has logged four top-10 finishes, finishing outside the top-20 on just two occasions. His best performance occurred in the 2006 season-opener when he posted a sixth place finish after starting 24th. He has completed 1112 of 1114 possible laps.

* Leffler has proved to be a strong qualifier at Daytona, starting inside the top-10 on six occasions. He has one pole to his credit from July, 2007. In addition, he also has one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole to his credit (2003).

Leffler Anticipating Strong 2009 Season with New Crew Chief, Scott Zipadelli

"Zippy has been a really strong addition to Braun Racing. He's done a really, really good job for us during the off-season, getting everything organized and on the right track for 2009. Our key word this season as a team is consistency and Zippy is doing everything necessary to make sure we have that. I think we are in the best shape we have ever been in and everyone is looking forward to kicking the season off here at Daytona and hopefully starting it off with a win!"

Scott Zipadelli on Goals for 2009 Season

New to Braun Racing this season, Crew Chief, Scott Zipadelli's, top aim this year is to see improved consistency from the No. 38 Great Clips team--consistency on every level from driver performance to the pit crew to shop mechanics and engineers.

"For me, it's building a great relationship with Jason and refining the race team to where we get better and better every day. I want to bring consistency to the team so that we can have as many top-10 and top-five finishes as we can--and definitely win some races in the process."

Leffler on Racing at Daytona

"I can't even tell you how ready I am to get back on the track! I enjoyed the off-season for about two weeks and since then I have been itching to get back to the race track. We have made some great changes at Braun Racing during the off-season and as a whole, the team is the strongest it has ever been. I can't wait to hit the track and see everyone hard work reflected in our performance on the track."

"Starting a new season at Daytona is a lot of fun! I enjoy the mental challenge of restrictor plate racing. Anything can and does happen in an instant so you really have to be on your toes all of the time. You'll hear a lot of guys compare it to a game of chess and that's exactly what it is. You are constantly making decisions, which groove to jump in, who to draft with, etc. With restrictor-plate racing, it usually doesn't come down to who has the best car. Luck is a big part of it. Our thought going in is that if we can just stay out of trouble throughout the race and avoid the "big one," there is no reason for us not to be running up front and contending for the win!"

Equipment Information

The No. 38 Great Clips team will hit the track with chassis #004 in this weekend's Camping World 300. This is the same chassis Leffler has run in the last four Nationwide Series races at Daytona International Speedway. In his last four starts at Daytona, Leffler has started inside the top-three on three occasions (including the pole in July, 2007), completed every possible lap and posted one top-10 finish

Leffler's Off-Season Antics

What did Leffler do in the off-season? More RACING of course!

Competed in "Turkey Night" at Irwindale Speedway... ran in his 12th Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Ok. ...traded in his race car for an ICE BOAT at Lake Phalen in Minnesota... braved the frigid temperatures as he served as the Grand Marshall for the Winter Carnival parade in downtown St. Paul, Minn. ... spent time at home with wife, Alison and son, Charlie... took over laundry duty at home... threw a 2009 season kick-off party for the entire Braun Racing team at his home in Mooresville, NC..

-credit: br

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler