Daytona: Jason Leffler preview

* During the 2010 season, Leffler will spilt time piloting Braun Racing's No. 10 Camry (eight races) and No. 38 Camry (27 races), competing in a full schedule and making a run for the 2010 driver championship. For this weekend's season-opener at...

* During the 2010 season, Leffler will spilt time piloting Braun Racing's No. 10 Camry (eight races) and No. 38 Camry (27 races), competing in a full schedule and making a run for the 2010 driver championship. For this weekend's season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, Leffler will be behind the wheel of the green No. 10 ABF Camry. Leffler and his crew, including crew chief, Scott Zipadelli, will remain together for all 35 races, despite the swapping of car numbers and sponsors.

* In 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Daytona, Leffler has logged four top-10 finishes, finishing outside the top-20 on just three occasions. His best performance occurred in the 2006 season-opener when he posted a sixth place finish after starting 24th. He has completed 1329 of 1336 possible laps.

* Leffler has proved to be a strong qualifier at Daytona, starting inside the top-10 on seven occasions, including one pole (July, 2007). He also has one Daytona pole (2003) from his days racing in the Camping World Truck Series.

Leffler reflects on racing at the famed Daytona International Speedway

"I can't even tell you how ready I am to get back on the track! As a whole, this team is the strongest it has ever been. Scott Zipadelli has brought the consistency to this team that we needed. I can't wait to hit the track and see everyone's 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!"

Leffler on his chances to be a contender for the 2010 Nationwide Series title

"I absolutely think it's within the realm of possibility. I think back on the mistakes I made personally, and the ones we made collectively as a team, and if we could have just gotten those back we would have been a lot closer to that goal last season. Scott Zipadelli (crew chief) has made a lot of improvements to our cars over the winter and made some personnel changes that I think will help us even more. I definitely think we can contend for it. Anything can happen at Daytona. If we could go out and win the race it would be awesome, but if we get caught up in a wreck then we'll go out to California the next week and start the racing season."

Leffler on NASCAR's decision not to police bump drafting

"As one of the only drivers to get penalized for what was deemed "aggressive driving" (Leffler was penalized five laps in the 2009 season-opener) I'm glad to hear that they're not trying to police the bump drafting quite as hard as they were. For years, we policed ourselves and it seemed to work. There's a lot of unwritten rules -- if you're going to wreck a guy, you know he's going to get you next time. It's a system that works!"

Equipment Information

The No. 10 ABF team will hit the track with chassis #004 in this weekend's Drive 4 COPD 300. This is the same chassis Leffler has driven this chassis in every restrictor-plate race for the last three seasons, including the last six Nationwide Series races at Daytona. In his last six starts at Daytona, Leffler has started inside the top-three on three occasions (including the pole in July, 2007) and posted one top-10 finish.

-source: braun racing

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