Phoenix II: Jason Leffler preview

* Leffler Returns to His USAC Roots Thursday Night... In addition to Saturday night's Nationwide Series race, Leffler will pull a double-header by competing in Thursday night's "Copper World Classic" Silver Crown race (100 laps) and ...

* Leffler Returns to His USAC Roots Thursday Night...

In addition to Saturday night's Nationwide Series race, Leffler will pull a double-header by competing in Thursday night's "Copper World Classic" Silver Crown race (100 laps) and the USAC Mopar National race (25 laps), under the bright lights of Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Leffler has two previous wins at PIR, winning the Midget race in 1999 and the Silver Crown feature in 2000.

Prior to making the transition to stock cars, Leffler experienced tremendous success in the open wheel ranks, becoming the first driver in 37 years to win three consecutive USAC Midget National titles. In addition, he won the Silver Crown National Championship in 1998, his rookie year in the series.

* Leffler a Solid Contender at Phoenix International Raceway...

In ten Nationwide Series starts at the Avondale, Ariz. track, Leffler has two poles (2000 and 2006), two top-five (2nd in 2000 and 2009) and four top-ten finishes. He has finished outside the top-20 on only two occasions and has led for 121 laps He tied his best finish of second at PIR in the series' last stop at the one-mile track, after starting from the eighth position.

* Braun Racing to Field Four Entries in 2010

Braun Racing announced this week that it will be expanding to field four NASCAR Nationwide Series entries in 2010. Brian Scott, who has driven a select number of races for the team this season, has been named as driver of the team's fourth Toyota Camry. Sponsor, car number, as well as crew chief and personnel for Braun Racing's fourth entry, will be announced in the coming weeks.

LEFFLER ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

"If I had to pick one race track as my favorite, it would be Phoenix. I spent a lot of time out there as a kid and ran the Copper Classic for a number of years. It's a slick, old race track and unique in that both ends are so different and the surface is so worn out. You slide around a lot but, I like that kind of racing. The Great Clips team is riding a strong wave of momentum, with back-to-back third place finishes, and that is always an advantage. We ran second here in the spring which adds to our confidence going into this race. It's time to get the Great Clips Camry back to victory lane, and I can't think of a better place to do it than Phoenix."

-credit: br

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Brian Scott