Indy ORP: Jason Leffler preview

* In last year's event at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP), Jason Leffler made history by giving Toyota its first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory. Leffler returns this weekend set to defend his title in the Kroger 200. * ...

* In last year's event at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP), Jason Leffler made history by giving Toyota its first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory. Leffler returns this weekend set to defend his title in the Kroger 200.

* Including his win in last season's Kroger 200, Leffler is seventh among all time victory leaders at ORP, tied with Parnelli Jones. He has a total of seven wins with one Nationwide Series win, four National Midget wins and two Silver Crown Series wins to his name. In 2000, Leffler set the track record in the Silver Crown division that still stands today.

* In five (5) career Nationwide Series starts at ORP, Leffler has one win, one pole and three top-five finishes to his credit. He has started inside the top-five in three events and has never started outside the top-15.

* Leffler will get some extra seat time at ORP prior to Saturday night's Nationwide Series race. On Thursday night, he will run the Midget race in a midget out of his own stable, Lefturn Racing. Leffler will also attempt to qualify for Sunday's Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 70 entry.

* This weekend will mark Leffler's 175th career Nationwide Series start. The Long Beach, CA native made his first start in the series at ORP in 1999 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

INDIANA HOMECOMING

This weekend's race at ORP will also be a homecoming for several Braun Racing team members. Team owner, Todd Braun, hails from Winamac, IN as does tire specialist, Billy Kolish. Car Chief on the No. 38 Great Clips team, Mike McCoige calls Plymouth, IN home. Tire, suspension and brake specialist on the No. 38 team, Tab Smith, is from South Bend, IN. The foursome has worked together since Todd Braun's days of late model racing in Indiana. When Braun moved to Mooresville to start an ARCA team in 2002, all three Indiana natives followed suit and have never looked back.

LEFFLER ON ORP

"Indy is like a second home for me so this is a weekend I always look forward to. It's going to be an extremely busy weekend this time around, racing my midget on Thursday night, the Nationwide race on Saturday night and the Brickyard on Sunday but no complaints here. If I could race every night of the week I'd be happy! ORP is a special place for me. I have experienced some of my greatest racing moments at this track, dating back to my USAC racing days. Last year's Nationwide win was definitely the topper! Being able to give Toyota their first series win and doing it at this track was extremely special to me. It's my goal and the goal of the entire Great Clips team this weekend to go back to ORP and repeat!"

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION:

The No. 38 Great Clips team will unload chassis # 18 in this weekend's Kroger 200. This is the same car Leffler raced to a fourth place finish last weekend at Gateway International Raceway.

-credit: br

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Parnelli Jones
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing