BUSCH: Daytona II: Jason Leffler preview

LEFFLER ON A HOT STREAK AS THE 2007 SEASON HITS ITS HALFWAY MARK AT DAYTONA * In seven NASCAR Busch Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, Leffler has three top-10 finishes and has finished outside of the top-20 just once....

LEFFLER ON A HOT STREAK AS THE 2007 SEASON HITS ITS HALFWAY MARK AT DAYTONA

* In seven NASCAR Busch Series starts at Daytona International Speedway, Leffler has three top-10 finishes and has finished outside of the top-20 just once. Additionally, he has completed 786 of 787 possible laps or 99.9%, not an easy feat for a track famed for its multi-car accidents. His best NBS performance was in February, 2006 when he posted a sixth place finish after starting 24th.

* In the series first race of the season at Daytona, Leffler started from the outside pole and led two laps before finishing 22nd.

* Leffler has one pole at Daytona International Speedway to his credit. In 2003, he claimed the pole for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

* Leffler currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings, up from 20th just five races ago.

LEFFLER ON HIS SEASON TO DATE

"Our season didn't start off the way we had expected to say the least. We had the speed and we ran really strong but we just couldn't finish races, whether it be of fault of our own or just plain bad luck. But over the last few weeks we seem to have overcome those problems and have put down some strong finishes and have gained a lot of ground in the point standings. We've moved from 20th to fifth in the points in just five weeks which is a big accomplishment for us. I expect the Great Clips team to continue building on this momentum throughout the second half of the season and to accomplish two of the goals that we set at the beginning of the season -- to finish in the top-five in the point standings and to give Toyota their first Busch Series victory.

LEFFLER ON RACING AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:

"As a driver, I enjoy mixing things up every now and then so it will be fun to switch gears from short track to restrictor-plate racing. I enjoy the mental challenge of that style of racing. Anything can happen in an instant so you have to be on your toes at all times. You'll hear a lot of guys compare it to a game of chess and they are right. You are constantly making decisions, which groove to jump in, who to draft with, etc. With restrictor-plate racing, it doesn't always come down to who has the best car -- luck is a pretty big factor because you are at the mercy of the 42 other cars on the track."

-credit: braunracing

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