BUSCH: Braun Racing names Leffler for Daytona II



MOORESVILLE, NC (June 28, 2005) -- This Fourth of July weekend former NASCAR Busch Series winner, Jason Leffler, returns to Busch competition to drive the #32 WINFUEL Chevrolet for Braun Racing. Leffler, who is the driver of the #11 FedEx Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, captured his first career Busch Series victory last June at Nashville Superspeedway.

"We are really happy that we could work out a deal that allows Jason to drive the WINFUEL Chevy," team owner Todd Braun said. "Jason has some good Busch Series success to build on and we think that he's going to be a good match for our team. We were looking for a driver that will give us a chance to win races each time he competes, and we think Jason Leffler can do that."

When Leffler takes the green flag to start the WINN-DIXIE 250 it will be his 10th NASCAR start at Daytona International Speedway.

"I am really looking forward to getting back in a Busch car," the twenty-nine year old, Long Beach, California native said. "Todd Braun and everyone at Braun Racing have given me a wonderful opportunity to drive the #32 WINFUEL Chevy. The WINFUEL team definitely has equipment that is capable of winning every time it goes on track, so hopefully crew chief Todd Lohse and I can work together to put this car Victory Lane."

Leffler's best career Daytona finish (8th) came in the February 2004 Busch Series event.

"I've had really good Busch cars in the past at Daytona, and I've come close to winning, but I've always come up a little bit short at the end," Leffler explained. "I know that the Braun team has a good package for Daytona, so I look forward to running up front and being around at the end to race for the win."

Jason Leffler also has a Daytona pole on his resume that he captured for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race in February 2003.

"I actually enjoy racing at the restrictor-plate tracks and running in the big packs," Leffler said. "It doesn't much matter where you run for the balance of the race at a place like Daytona. Whether you run up front, in the middle or at the back, the key is keeping the car in good shape and making sure you are on the track and racing at the end."

This 4th of July weekend, Jason Leffler and the Braun Racing/WINFUEL team returns to Daytona International Speedway under the lights for the final Superspeedway race of the season. Live coverage of the WINN-DIXIE 250 presented by Pepsi Co. begins this Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.


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Drivers Jason Leffler
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