BUSCH: Chicagoland: Jason Leffler preview



MOORESVILLE, NC (July 5, 2005) -- This past weekend, Jason Leffler brought the #32 WINFUEL Chevrolet home in 9th place in only his first start for Braun Racing. The Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona also signaled Leffler's return to NASCAR Busch Series competition for the first time since parting ways with Haas Racing in September 2004 following Dover.

"It really felt good to get back in a Busch car and be able to run up front all night," Leffler said. "The Braun Racing guys really gave me a good car all weekend. The #32 WINFUEL Chevy was fast right off the truck and we just made some small changes to try and make it better."

"After the season that I've had it was a good confidence builder to be able to run in the top-five or ten all night, especially in my first race with the team," Jason explained. "I'm looking forward to building more chemistry with Todd Lohse and the rest of the WINFUEL team as I run more races for Braun Racing throughout the end of this season."

Leffler's 9th place finish is the first top-10 for Braun Racing since finishing 10th at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

"Jason did a really good job for us last weekend at Daytona, especially since it was his first time in our car," team owner Todd Braun said. "Running up front all night and being around at the end to compete for a spot in the top-10 was good motivation for our entire team. We know our equipment is good enough to compete for wins and Jason showed that he is going to be a factor whenever he is in the WINFUEL Chevy the rest of the season."

In July 2004, Leffler made his only career Busch Series start at Chicagoland Speedway where he started 20th and finished 7th.

"I like racing at Chicagoland and I look forward to going back there this weekend," the twenty-nine year old driver said. "I have only run one Busch race at Chicago, and that was last year when I finished 7th. I didn't qualify as well as I wanted to last year, so I had to start 20th and work my way to the front. Hopefully this year I can improve my starting spot and put the WINFUEL Chevy in a good position to start the race. I know that the Braun Racing guys have prepared a fast car for me, so were going to try and continue to build on the momentum that we started last weekend at Daytona where we finished 9th."

The Braun Racing/WINFUEL team will head north to the "Windy City" this weekend hoping to build on their solid 9th place finish at Daytona. Busch pole qualifying can been seen on Speed Channel this Friday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland Speedway begins this Saturday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.


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