Jason Leffler Chili Bowl Nationals preview

THREE-TIME MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPION, JASON LEFFLER, LOOKING TO BRING HOME THE 2009 CHILI BOWL NATIONALS "GOLDEN DRILLER" TROPHY MOORESVILLE, NC (January 13, 2009) -- Three-time Midget National Champion, Jason Leffler, has often called the...

THREE-TIME MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPION, JASON LEFFLER, LOOKING TO BRING HOME THE 2009 CHILI BOWL NATIONALS "GOLDEN DRILLER" TROPHY

MOORESVILLE, NC (January 13, 2009) -- Three-time Midget National Champion, Jason Leffler, has often called the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, "the greatest spectacle in racing." This weekend's 23rd running of the event will see a record 300-plus drivers from 30 different states and Canada, packed inside the Tulsa Expo Center battling it out in pursuit of the coveted Golden Driller trophy.

Leffler has captured victories in almost every prestigious midget event over the years with the exception of one. The Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is the one victory that has eluded him throughout his career. This weekend, making his 12th career start in the event, Leffler sets out to change that.

The Long Beach, California native, who last year finished ninth in the NASCAR Nationwide Championship point standings driving the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota for Braun Racing, has posted victories in almost every elite national midget race over the last decade including wins at the Belleville Nationals and Hut 100 (both in 1997), the Copper Classic (1999), the Night Before the 500 (2002) and two Turkey Night events (1999 and 2005). Leffler's illustrious USAC career boasts over 40 midget feature wins and six Silver Crown victories. In 1998, he captured the USAC Silver Crown Championship and in 1999, he etched his name in the record books by becoming only the third driver in history to claim three consecutive Midget National Championships

Still, Leffler hungers for a victory in midget racing's biggest event. His best finish came in 1998 when he finished second. Other top finishes include a 5th place in 2004 and 9th in 2000. In last year's running of the event, Damion Gardner claimed the Golden Driller trophy, driving a Leffler Racing-owned entry. This time around, Leffler decided to pilot the ride himself under the Leffler Racing banner and sport the familiar red and black colors of his sponsor in the Nationwide Series, Great Clips. Leffler is slated for the Friday night qualifying round, when he will make a bid for a top-four finishing position to lock himself into the Saturday night Chili Bowl Championship feature event.

"The Chili Bowl is one of the most exciting races events you could ever see," said Leffler. "You have over 300 guys competing for 24 spots in the A Main feature with one prize. It is some of the fiercest on-track competition you could ever witness. If you are a race fan, The Chili Bowl is something you should experience at least once in your lifetime."

The excitement starts Tuesday night from the Tulsa Expo Center. Leffler will compete in the Chili Bowl Race of Champions, a special 20-lapper featuring 14 top Chili Bowl competitors including eight past event winners.

-credit: braun racing

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Series Midget
Drivers Jason Leffler , Damion Gardner