JASON LEFFLER QUICK FACTS No. 38 Great Clips Impala Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sam’s Town 300 March 5, 2011
No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet News and Notes
· Leffler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway… By the numbers… In seven NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), Leffler has started inside the top-10 twice and has posted one top-five finish. His best performance at the 1.5-mile track came in 2009, when he was running second and contending for the win, before running out of fuel on the last lap. He was credited with a fourth-place finish after starting 23rd.
Adding to his experience at Las Vegas, Leffler has one NASCAR Camping World Series start (2002- started 7th and finished 5th) and two Sprint Cup Series starts (best finish 22nd in 2005).
· Crew chief, Eddie Pardue, knows the way to victory lane at LVMS… Eddie Pardue is Leffler’s right-hand man and will call the shots for the championship-contending driver in 2011. Pardue and crew will remain with Leffler, whether he is piloting the No. 38 or No. 30 Impala for Turner Motorsports. Though Leffler has never visited LVMS’s victory lane, Pardue would have no problem directing his driver how to get there. The veteran crew chief led driver, Greg Biffle, to the win at the Las Vegas-track in 2009.
· Leffler and his Turner Motorsports teammates set to tour the Grand Canyon… Leffler and teammates, Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier, will take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon on Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of Papillon Tour Services of Las Vegas. Coverage of their adventure will air on Saturday, March 5th at 2:30 EST during the NASCAR Countdown show on ABC.
· Start of a new era for Turner Motorsports… The 2011 season marks the start of a new era for Turner Motorsports. The team has expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series, fielding three entries in the NCWTS and four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). Three of the team’s regular NNS drivers (Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier) have been pegged as viable contenders to win the 2011 NNS driver championship.
· Happy 10-Year Anniversary, Great Clips…This season marks Great Clips’ 10-year anniversary as a primary sponsor in the NNS. The Minneapolis-based Great Clips, Inc., which is currently the longest-running primary sponsor in the series, came onto the scene in 2001 as a primary sponsor of Akins Motorsports No. 38 entry, then driven by Christian Elder.
· Leffler on SIRIUS’ Morning Drive every Wednesday… Don’t forget to tune in to SIRIUS Radio’s “Morning Drive” with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone every Wednesday at 10:30am to hear Leffler’s take on recent events in the Nationwide Series and what you can expect from the week’s upcoming race. Follow the No. 38 team on Twitter!Twitter.com/No38TurnerNNS Follow Jason Leffler on Twitter! Twitter.com/JasonLeffler Follow Turner Motorsports on Facebook!Facebook.com/TurnerMotorsports
Leffler on Las vegas Motor Speedwayedway “Las Vegas Motor Speedway has its own unique characteristics. It has a wide racing surface that allows you to run two and three- wide. The transition from the corners to the straight-aways, and then the straight-aways to the corners, is really nice. In all, it’s just a really fun place to race – probably as fun for the drivers as it is for the fans. I have had a couple of really good runs at Vegas but statistically it’s not one of my better tracks.
Two years ago we were battling for the lead in the closing laps ran out of fuel on the last lap. Still, we finished fourth which we were really proud of. I am excited to go back again this weekend under the Turner Motorsports banner. I look forward to another strong run in the Great Clips Chevy and if we play our cards right, possibly make a visit to victory lane.”
About Turner Motorsports: Turner Motorsports, LLC, established in 1999, is in the midst of its sophomore season of NASCAR competition. Owned by Texas-native, Steve Turner, the racing organization has expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. Turner Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C., and will house three entries in the Camping World Truck Series and four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team boasts an all-star driver line-up that includes Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher and Brad Sweet. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors powerhouse teams Hendrick Motorsports, who will provide engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, Kevin Harvick Inc. for body and aero support, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. Turner Motorsports’ marketing partners include Dollar General, Great Clips, Monster Energy, BRANDT, Rexall, Exide, AccuDoc Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals, Fraternal Order of Eagles and ABF Freight. For more information on Turner Motorsports, visit www.turnermotorsportsllc.com