Nashville: Jason Leffler preview

* Jason Leffler captured his first career Nationwide Series victory at Nashville Superspeedway in June, 2004. In that race, he started from the outside pole and led for 61 laps before taking the checkered flag. * In six NASCAR Nationwide Series...

* Jason Leffler captured his first career Nationwide Series victory at Nashville Superspeedway in June, 2004. In that race, he started from the outside pole and led for 61 laps before taking the checkered flag.

* In six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Nashville, Leffler has one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes with a total of 99 laps led. He has started inside the top-10 twice and has never started outside the 18th spot.

* Last year at Nashville... In April, Leffler finished fourth and led for 38 laps after starting 11th. In the June race, he finished third after starting 14th.

HOMECOMING FOR CREW

CHIEF, STEWART COOPER Nashville native, Stewart Cooper, joined Braun Racing late last season to lead the No. 38 Great Clips Racing team and call the shots for driver, Jason Leffler. Cooper's racing career began at the Nashville Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN. He served as crew chief on Casey Atwood's late model team and followed Atwood through the ranks and to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Brewco Motorsports (now Baker-Curb), the team he would call home for the next seven years. Working as car chief and lead engineer for five years, he was promoted to crew chief in 2005. In his complete tenure at Brewco Motorsports working with a variety of drivers from veterans to rookies, Cooper led his team to a total of eight wins, seven poles, 32 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes.

"Nashville is home to me," says Cooper, "but it's still just a race track to me. It's my favorite race track -- not necessarily because friends and family are nearby, but because it's a good track to compete at. I've had some success there and was able to win in 2003 with David Green and Brewco Motorsports. Jason's done well there, too. Hopefully we'll be able to pull from both our past history there and have the results this weekend."

LEFFLER ON NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY "We had really great runs in both races at Nashville Superspeedway last year so we look forward to going back and repeating those efforts. We are taking back the same car for this race so we are counting on being pretty strong right out of the box and hope to only have to make minimal adjustments during practice to get the car perfect. This has always been a good track for Braun Racing and especially the 38 Great Clips team; we just need to capitalize on our previous success by qualifying up front, running a smooth race, and being there at the end to contend for the win."

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION The No. 38 Great Clips team will compete with chassis #23 in this weekend's Pepsi 300. Leffler has an impressive record driving chassis #23 last season finishing no worse than 11th - second at Bristol (fall), third and fourth at Nashville, sixth at Darlington and 11th at Dover (spring).

-credit: br

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Casey Atwood