PREVIOUS SUCCESS AT RICHMOND MAKES LEFFLER ONE TO WATCH IN CIRCUIT CITY 250 LAST SEASON'S RICHMOND PERFORMANCE NOT MIRRORED IN FINISHES Last year, two of Leffler's strongest performances came at Richmond though his finishes do not reflect...
PREVIOUS SUCCESS AT RICHMOND MAKES LEFFLER ONE TO WATCH IN CIRCUIT CITY 250
LAST SEASON'S RICHMOND PERFORMANCE NOT MIRRORED IN FINISHES
Last year, two of Leffler's strongest performances came at Richmond though his finishes do not reflect that. Despite finishing 24th and 20th, Leffler started 1st and 8th, led a combined 73 laps and posted some of the strongest loop data stats (see below) of any Busch Series regular.
In eight total starts at Richmond, Leffler has started inside the top-10 four times, posted two top-five finishes, four top-15 finishes and led a total of 82 laps.
DEFENDING POLESITTER LOOKING TO REPEAT THIS WEEKEND
Leffler is the defending pole winner for this weekend's event at Richmond. Last May, Leffler started from the pole and led 66 laps before an on-track altercation took him out of contention, relegating him to a 24th place finish.
Leffler also has one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole at Richmond to his credit. In his only career NCTS start at Richmond in 2002, Leffler started from the pole and went on to finish 12th.
PRE-RACE LOOP DATA STATISTICS FOR LEFFLER AT RICHMOND
According to NASCAR Loop Data Stats, Leffler has a sixth-best Average Running Position of 8.069 and an eighth-best Driver Rating of 104. He is also listed as the top "Closer," as over the last 10 percent of his last three races at Richmond Leffler has improved 17 positions, almost twice the number of any other driver.
Leffler has turned the fastest lap 32 times, which is seventh-most at Richmond and his 648 Laps in the Top 15 are eighth-best. He also averages 28.0 Quality Passes at Richmond, the second-highest average.
LEFFLER ON RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY:
"With the success this team experienced in both of last year's races at Richmond, the entire Great Clips team is looking forward to getting back there this weekend. I have had a good amount of success there in the last couple of years and we hope to be able to pick up where we left off. A year ago, we sat on the pole, led 66 laps and probably had the most dominant car on the track but contact with another car took us out of contention for the win. We are taking that same car this weekend and are expecting pretty similar results -- qualify up front, lead laps and be there at the end to battle for the win."
The Great Clips team will unload chassis #17 in this weekend's Circuit City 250. Converted into a Toyota Camry over the off-season, this is the same chassis Leffler drove in a majority of last season's short track races including Phoenix and Richmond (spring) where he captured the Busch pole for both events, as well as Milwaukee where he started 9th and posted a season-best fourth place finish. Leffler has led a total of 180 laps while driving chassis #17, with 76 laps led in Phoenix, 66 laps led in Richmond and 38 laps led in Milwaukee.