Richmond: Jason Leffler preview

* LEFFLER CONTINUES LEADING NNS REGULARS IN THE POINT STANDINGS Leffler currently sits fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) point standings, leading all NNS regulars. After his sixth place finish last weekend at Talladega, he is...

* LEFFLER CONTINUES LEADING NNS REGULARS IN THE POINT STANDINGS

Leffler currently sits fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) point standings, leading all NNS regulars. After his sixth place finish last weekend at Talladega, he is 57 points of third place and 137 points out of the lead.

* LATE-CHARGER? NOT THIS YEAR!

Often seen as a late-season charger, Leffler is strong right out of the box in 2009! Compare his place in the point standings in previous years - This time last year, Leffler was 8th in the standings entering the Richmond event. In 2007 he was sitting 16th and in 2006 he was 13th going into the Richmond race.

* LEFFLER'S RICHMOND HIGHLIGHTS

In 12 total NNS starts at Richmond, Leffler has started inside the top-10 five times, including one pole (May 2006). He has two top-five finishes and five top-15 finishes with a total of 82 laps led.

Leffler also has one Craftsman Truck Series pole at Richmond to his credit. In his only NCTS start at RIR (2002), Leffler captured the pole and led for 85 laps before finishing 12th.

* LEFFLER AMONG STRONGEST NNS REGULARS AT RICHMOND

According to NASCAR Loop Data Stats at Richmond, Leffler is one of the strongest among Nationwide Series regulars. He is ranked second in the Closers category and is ranked in the top-10 in a number of other categories including Fastest Laps Run (9th), Green Flag Passes (4th), Laps in the Top-15 (8th), Laps Led (8th) and Quality Passes (6th).

* TWO GREAT CLIPS CAMRYS ON THE TRACK THIS WEEEKND

Two Great Clips Camrys will take to the track at Richmond International Raceway in this weekend's Nationwide Series race. In addition to Leffler's black No. 38 Camry, Braun Racing's No. 10 Toyota will be driven by Brian Scott and will feature a reverse Great Clips paint scheme.

LEFFLER ON RACING AT RICHMOND:

"The configuration of Richmond is awesome because it's got a short-track feel but enough speed that it has speedway characteristics. You have to keep the fenders on the car in order to get a good finish because the cars are a little bit more aero sensitive, which is unique for a short-track. There are always two grooves of racing so there's a lot of side-by-side beating and banging. It's really a fun track to drive. This Great Clips team has been strong right out of the box this year and I am proud to be a part of what we are building. We have so much momentum going and I know that a win is right around the corner. We have been close at Richmond on a number of occasions and maybe this time around we can close the deal."

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION

The No. 38 Great Clips team will unload chassis # 17 in this weekend's Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Leffler last drove #17 at Phoenix where he posted a second place finish. This is the same chassis Leffler drove to victory lane at ORP in 2007.

-credit: br

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Brian Scott