Indy ORP: Jason Leffler preview

* Victory Lane at ORP a Familiar Place for Jason Leffler... In 2007, Leffler made history by giving Toyota its first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP). Leffler is SEVENTH among all-time victory leaders at ORP, tied...

* Victory Lane at ORP a Familiar Place for Jason Leffler... In 2007, Leffler made history by giving Toyota its first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP).

Leffler is SEVENTH among all-time victory leaders at ORP, tied with Parnelli Jones with a total of seven wins.

1 NASCAR Nationwide Series win

4 National Midget wins

2 Silver Crown Series wins

In 2000, Leffler set the track record in the Silver Crown division that still stands today.

Leffler cites Parnelli Jones as one of his personal mentors and friends.

* A return to his racing roots... On Thursday night, Leffler will compete in the USAC Midget and Silver Crown races. A three-time Midget Nationals Champion, Leffler will drive a Silver Crown car owned by father-in-law, Bobby East.

* Crew chief, Eddie Pardue has had his fair share of success at ORP... Veteran crew chief, Eddie Pardue, has also seen previous experience at ORP over the last few years. In fact, in the last four years, the drivers he has guided from the pit box have finished no worse than fourth. In last year's event he finished third (Matt Kenseth), in 2008 he came home second (Colin Braun) and in 2006 he saw his car finish fourth (Greg Biffle). Ironically, in 2007, Pardue was calling the shots for Biffle who led for 94 laps before Leffler passed him with three to go for the win.

* Home Sweet Home... Indiana is home for a number of members of Braun Racing. Todd Braun is a native of Winamac, IN. Todd's father, Ralph Braun, founded and continues to oversee operations for Braun Corporation, which manufactures and sells wheel-chair accessible conversion vans. Braun Corp. employs over 700 people in the state of Indiana.

* First there were four...Tab Smith (South Bend, No. 38 mechanic), Mike McCoige (Plymouth, No. 32 Cup Series car chief), Chad Blount (Walkerton, first Braun Racing driver and current Parts Manager) and Billy Kolish (Winamac, No. 38 mechanic) came to North Carolina with Todd Braun in 2002 to help him form Braun Racing, which first competed in the ARCA Racing Series. All four have watched the organization grow from a part-time ARCA team to a powerhouse in the Nationwide Series with four full-time teams.

Leffler on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park

"Indy is like a second home for me so, of course, I always enjoy going there and seeing family and old friends. I have had a long history at this race track and it has a lot of special memories for me. I have experienced more success here in my career than anywhere. I've been fortunate to visit victory lane there on several occasions in my USAC racing days and in the Nationwide Series with Braun Racing in 2007, when we gave Toyota their first series win. I'm looking forward to making more memories this weekend, racing in the USCA midget and Silver Crown races on Thursday night and then the Nationwide Series race on Saturday night. Eddie Pardue (crew chief) has had his own share of success here over the years, so I feel like we have a good shot to contend for the win and take Great Clips back to victory lane."

Equipment Information: The No. 38 Great Clips team will hit the track with chassis #BR017 in this weekend's event at ORP. This is the same chassis Leffler drove to the win here at ORP to give Toyota its first NNS victory. Additionally, he drove this chassis in almost every short track race last season, finishing in the top-10 six times. This car was last on the track last weekend at Gateway Int'l Raceway.

-source: braun racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Greg Biffle , Colin Braun , Parnelli Jones , Bobby East