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Encyclopedia > Jason Leffler
Jason Leffler
Born: September 16, 1975 (1975-09-16) (age 31)
Birthplace: Flag of United States Long Beach, California
Awards: Inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003

1997, 1998, 1999 USAC National Midget champion
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NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Statistics
62 races run over 5 years.
Best Cup Position: 37th - 2001 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 2001 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last Race: 2005 Allstate 400 (Indianapolis)
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 1 1
NASCAR Busch Series Statistics
Car #, Team 38 - Braun Racing
2006 NBS Position: 13th
Best NBS Position: 12th - 2004
First Race: 1999 Kroger 200 (IRP)
First Win: 2004 Federated Auto Parts 300 (Nashville)
Last Win: 2007 Kroger 200 (O'Reilly)
Wins Top Tens Poles
2 39 6
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics
40 races run over 4 years.
Best NCTS Position: 4th - 2002
First Race: 2000 Power Stroke 200 (IRP)
Last Race: 2004 Darlington 200 (Darlington)
First Win: 2003 MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 (Dover)
Last Win: 2003 MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 (Dover)
Wins Top Tens Poles
1 25 10
All stats current as of March 4, 2007.

Jason Leffler (born September 16, 1975) is a NASCAR driver from Long Beach, California. Leffler moved from the open-wheel ranks to NASCAR's three major series. He currently drives the #38 Braun Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Busch Series. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season began on February 11 and ended on November 23. ... The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season began on February 11 and ended on November 23. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... 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Racing career

Open wheel career

Leffler began his career racing midget cars in the USAC series, where he won 3 consecutive Midget championships from 1997 and 1999, as well as the Silver Crown series championship in 1998. He was the third driver to win three consecutive midget car championships. [1] He won the Hut 100 and Belleville Nationals in 1997, and the Turkey Night Grand Prix and Copper Classic in 1999. [1] He won his second Turkey Night Grand Prix in 2005. Midget cars are very small race cars with a very high power-to-weight ratio. ... USAC Logo The United States Automobile Club (USAC) is an open-wheel auto racing sanctioning body. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Roger Penske met Leffler at the 1998 Hut 100. Leffler's success also caught the attention of Joe Gibbs Racing, a team who had previous signed Tony Stewart from the USAC ranks. Leffler joined the team in 1999 and made 4 starts in the Busch Series during the season with moderate success. At the same time, he also started a race in the Indy Racing League. Penske PC23 car Roger Penske (born February 20, 1937 in Shaker Heights, Ohio) is the owner of a very successful automobile racing team Penske Racing, the Penske Corporation, and other automotive related businesses. ... Joe Gibbs Racing (also known as JGR) is a group of NASCAR racing teams owned by Joe Gibbs, who first started racing on the NASCAR circuit in 1991. ... Anthony Wayne Tony Stewart (born May 20, 1971) is an auto racing driver who has won championships in sprint cars, Indy cars, and stock cars. ... The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations big league circuit, the Nextel Cup. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ...


NASCAR career

During the 2000 season, Leffler drove full time for the #18 MBNA sponsored Busch team. He finished 20th in the championship and earned 3 pole positions during the year and finished 2nd at Phoenix. He also made 2 IRL starts, among them a start for Roger Penske in the Indianapolis 500 where he started and finished 17th. The 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 19 and ended on November 11. ... MBNA logo, 2004-2006 MBNA Corporation was a bank holding company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, prior to being acquired by Bank of America in 2005. ... Phoenix International Raceway is a one mile tri-oval race track located in Avondale, AZ. It opened in 1964, but wasnt used by NASCAR until 1988, with the first race won by the late Alan Kulwicki. ... Penske PC23 car Roger Penske (born February 20, 1937 in Shaker Heights, Ohio) is the owner of a very successful automobile racing team Penske Racing, the Penske Corporation, and other automotive related businesses. ... “Indy 500” redirects here. ...


His rookie season caught the attention of Chip Ganassi Racing, who hired the young Leffler to drive his #01 Dodge Intreprid in Winston Cup, which was sponsored by Cingular Wireless. During his inaugural Cup season, he won the pole at the inaugural race at Kansas Speedway However, he had only 1 top 10 finish and 4 failures to qualify. After his 37th place finish in the championship, Ganassi replaced him with Jimmy Spencer for the 2002 season. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is a racing organization with teams in NASCAR, Champ Cars, and the IRL. It is owned by businessmen Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates. ... The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... “AT&T Wireless” redirects here. ... Kansas Speedway is a speedway in Kansas City, in the U.S. state of Kansas. ... Jimmy Spencer Jimmy Spencer (born February 15, 1957 in Berwick, Pennsylvania) is an American NASCAR driver and commentator. ... The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ...


Leffler joined Ultra Motorsports in 2002 and had great success early on with the team. In his first year, he tied a single season Craftsman Truck Series record by scoring 8 pole positions, and qualified no worse than 8th at any race during the season. Despite not winning a race, 6 second place finishes and a 4th place finish in the championship. Leffler finally broke through in 2003 when he scored his first career victory at Dover. Despite being in the top 10 in points, however, he was fired from Ultra Motorsports ride after taking over in the Haas CNC Racing #0 NetZero Pontiac, which breached his contract with the Dodge-powered truck team. He won the 2002 Night before the 500 midget car race. Ultra Motorsports was a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing team. ... The 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season began February 15 and ended November 15. ... Dover International Speedway (nickname: The Monster Mile) is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware. ... Haas CNC Racing is a NASCAR racing team based in Harrisburg, North Carolina, which is near Charlotte. ... NetZero is an Internet Service Provider based in Woodland Hills, California. ...

Leffler in the #32, racing at Daytona in 2006
Leffler in the #32, racing at Daytona in 2006

Leffler made 10 starts in Cup with Haas before Ward Burton took over. Haas then moved Leffler to the Haas Automation #00 car in Busch for the remainder of 2003, and later all of 2004. At Nashville Superspeedway in 2004, Leffler scored his first career Busch Series victory. He was running 3rd in the points when the team inexplicably released him from his contract. He ended up finishing 12th in the championship despite missing the last 7 races. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 530 pixelsFull resolution (2464 × 1632 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 530 pixelsFull resolution (2464 × 1632 pixel, file size: 2. ... Founded in 1983, Haas Automation is the largest machine tool builder in North America. ... The 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 15 and ended November 15. ... Nashville Superspeedway is a motor racing complex located in Gladeville, Tennessee (though the track has a Lebanon address), United States, about 48 km (30 miles) east of Nashville. ...


Shortly after being replaced at Haas, Leffler signed a deal to re-join Joe Gibbs Racing for 2005, taking over in a newly created Cup team sponsored by FedEx. The #11 Chevrolet awas regularly outside of the top 35 in points, meaning that it was not guaranteed a starting spot for all races; Leffler was unable to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600 because of it. He was replaced by Terry Labonte for the two road-course races and, eventually, was replaced by him (plus J. J. Yeley and Denny Hamlin) for the remainder of the season after failing to score a top 10 in 19 starts. FedEx (NYSE: FDX), properly FedEx Corporation, is a courier company offering overnight courier, ground, heavy freight, document copying and logistics services. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... Terry Labonte, on the right, shows the frame of a race car in 2005, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. ... Christopher Beltram Hernandez (J. J.) Yeley (born October 5, 1976) is an NASCAR racecar driver from Phoenix, Arizona. ... Denny Hamlin is a race car driver currently contracted to Joe Gibbs Racing. ...


While racing with Gibbs, Leffler briefly raced with Braun Racing in the Busch Series, a team that had lost their regular driver, Shane Hmiel, to a drug suspension. After leaving Gibbs, Leffler joined Braun Racing on a full-time basis for the remainder of the season. Leffler has scored 4 top 10 finishes with Braun in 9 starts for the team. Shane Hmiel (born May 15, 1980 in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina) was a NASCAR driver who drove the #32 Win Fuel / TrimSpa Chevrolet for Braun Racing until he was suspended for failing a drug test. ...


For the 2006 season, Leffler was signed to return to Braun-Akins Racing to drive the #32 Chevrolet. The team carried sponsorship from Lucas Oil, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and ABF U-Pack Moving. The #32 team became the #38 team with sponsorship from Great Clips. Braun-Akins Racing is a NASCAR team based in Mooresville, North Carolina. ... Lucas Oil is an automotive oil. ... Fraternal Order of Eagles International is a fraternal organization which was founded in 1898 in Seattle, Washington by a group of six theater owners. ... ABF Freight System, Inc was established in 1923 and is headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


During the 2007 season, Leffler won the pole for the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway. He finished 9th. Leffler would make NASCAR history July 28th, 2007 as he passed Greg Biffle with two laps remaining to win the Nascar Busch Series Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. The win marked the first race victory for a Toyota Camry in competition, and the first win for a foreign manufacturer in Nascar stock car competition. The win also marked Leffler's second carrer Busch Series win and first win since the 2004 season. Wikinews has news related to this article: Truex Jr. ... Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Gregory Jack Biffle (born December 23, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the... The Kroger 200 is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that takes place at Martinsville Speedway. ... OReilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, known as Indianapolis Raceway Park until the 2006 purchase of naming rights by OReilly Auto Parts, is a multipurpose racing facility located in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... The Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan assembled by Toyota in Georgetown, Kentucky; Altona, Victoria, Australia; Guangzhou, China and the original factory in Toyota City, Japan. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations big league circuit, the Nextel Cup. ...


Career award

The National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame and museum for midget cars. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  • Jason Leffler Career Statistics

The National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame and museum for midget cars. ...

External link

  • Jason Leffler.com

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