The Leffler Report: Recapping Jason Leffler's Nationwide Series Performance

David PhillipsAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2009

The Leffler Report will be recapping Jason Leffler's (Braun Racing, Toyota) performance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series each week

No Daytona, I just came up with the idea. Plus, I don't think Leffler will want to remember Dayton after being penalized five laps following a wreck with Steven Wallace. Not to mention finishing 33rd after starting fourth.

This week Leffler returned to his home state of California, being a native of Long Beach approximately 70 miles away from the Fontana track.

He started the day qualifying 18th for the Auto Club Speedway's Stater Bros. 300, with a speed of 174.931 mph, almost three mphs off the pole sitter, Carl Edwards. Leffler and Crew Chief Scott Zippideli had high hopes for the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota.

After starting 13th, Leffler had worked his way up to the top 10 when a car spun ahead of him and he was collected in the carnage. The wreck left him with significant damage to the right front of his car, forcing him to pit multiple times for repairs.  

After all that drama, Leffler found himself just outside of the top-15 for the restart with 50 laps to go. Leffler then brought his battered and bruised car back to an 11th place finish and had a way better week than he did at Daytona.

Leffler and the other stars of the Nationwide Series hit the track at the Las Vegas Speedway at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN .

In five starts at Las Vegas, his best start was fifth driving for Gene Hass In the No. 00 and has a best finish was 11th driving for Braun Racing in 2006.

Last year he started 20th and finished 39th after an early crash.