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Press release: Jason Leffler set to make 250th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Richmond this weekend

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JASON LEFFLER QUICK FACTS

No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry/Richmond International Raceway/Virginia 529 College Savings 250

· Leffler back in the seat of the No. 38 Great Clips Camry this weekend ... This weekend at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), Leffler will return to the seat of the No. 38 machine. Leffler is splitting his time this season, piloting Braun Racing’s No. 10 Camry (eight races) and No. 38 Camry (27 races), to compete for the 2010 driver championship.

· Leffler reaches a milestone in Richmond … This weekend, Leffler will make his 250th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start. Leffler made his series debut at O’Reilly Raceway Park in 1999. The Long Beach, Calif.-native has recorded two wins (Nashville and ORP), has accumulated 39 top-five and 89 top-10 finishes and has led for a total of 604 laps.

· Richmond International Raceway marks the third race with the Nationwide Series’ "new car"… This weekend will mark the third appearance of the "new car" and its first at a short track. In preparation, the teams will participate in an all-day test session on Thursday.

· RIR, by the numbers

Leffler has 15 NNS starts at RIR with two top-five and three top-10 finishes as well as one pole to his credit (spring, 2006). His best performance came in the fall of 2004 when he started 14th and finished fourth. He is ranked 10th in number of laps led at the ¾-mile oval with 82.

Leffler also has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole at Richmond to his credit. In his only NCWTS start at RIR (2002), Leffler captured the pole and led for 85 laps before finishing 12th.

· Leffler’s In the Loop … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Leffler is ranked in the top-10 in a number of categories at Richmond including Closers (5th), Fastest Laps Run (10th), Green Flag Passes (5th), Laps Led (10th), Laps in the Top-15 (8th) and Quality Passes (8rd).

· Did you know? Great Clips is the longest-running sponsor in the Nationwide Series…Minneapolis-based Great Clips, Inc. came onto the scene in 2001 as a primary sponsor of Akins Motorsports No. 38 entry, then driven by Christian Elder. Kasey Kahne drove the car from 2003-2005, before Leffler took over the wheel in 2006.

Leffler on Richmond International Raceway:

"Richmond is a great track that has a short-track feel but has speedway characteristics with the speeds you are carrying. There are always two grooves of racing so there’s a lot of side-by-side beating and banging which is fun as a driver and exciting for the fans. It’s really important to keep the fenders on the car in order to get a good finish because the cars are a little bit more aero- sensitive, even at a short-track like Richmond. I’m ready to get back to some short track racing and really excited to do it in one of the "new cars." I am a big proponent of the "new cars" and think they are a lot of fun and make for good racing."