JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Qualified: 3rd What is it about this car that you have such great results? "It's all the guys back at Braun Racing that did a great job. Obviously, it's the body and the engine...
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Qualified: 3rd
What is it about this car that you have such great results?
"It's all the guys back at Braun Racing that did a great job. Obviously, it's the body and the engine under the hood. Toyota gives us great power. The Great Clips Camry is fast. Tomorrow we know we got something to mix it up with and that is all you can ask for. To get in there and have some fun, beat and bang and have a shot at it at the end of the race." Did you think you had this fast of a car during practice yesterday? "It has been a really fast car and it has qualified on the pole at Daytona and hasn't qualified out of the top three since. We didn't know if we had a shot at the pole. We really didn't do a qualifying run yesterday, and we did all drafting and the thing was really good in the draft. I just look forward to the race tomorrow."
Three of the top five guys who qualified today are Nationwide Series regulars. Could we see a Nationwide Series regular win tomorrow?
"I would love for that to happen. It's tough when you are racing against Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and Tony Stewart, especially on these speedways. Half of your mind is saying stay behind them and you'll have a good finish and the competitive side is saying go past them. You can learn a lot. All and all it would be a big day if we could beat those guys. They're not going to be the only ones -- obviously Kyle Busch and the same old characters up there are going to be tough. Speedway racing is fun and hopefully we'll have a shot at a win here at the end and can dice it out."
In that situation, do you have to think about taking a guy out more than a Cup guy would because you are running the whole season and have budgets to worry about?
"We'll race as hard as we can. You can take the conservative, but it never seems to work out. The fun of speedway racing is dicing it up the whole time, beating and banging a little bit. As long as you're not causing the big one or in the middle of it, it's usually a pretty good day."
Do you have a different mindset going into the race here on Saturday than the Cup drivers do?
"Saturday's race is exciting. Like I said, it's fun to dice and beat and bang. At the beginning of the race it seems like you never want to get that shove and at the end of the race when it comes down to three or four laps you'll take the shove anywhere -- whether it's in the middle of one and two or down the tri-oval or whatever you just hang on to it. That is the exciting part of restrictor plate racing. Saturday is fun for those guys. For us we think getting out of here with a good finish and a shot to win and if we don't have a shot to win get the best finish we possibly can for points. It's just different. Saturday is our big day where Sunday is a lot of those other guy's big day."
-credit: toyota motorsports