INTERVIEW: Nationwide driver Jason Leffler

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Friday night should be great for racing at RIR for the Virginia 529 College Savings Program 250. The Nationwide race under the lights Friday.

Among those taking the action to the track will be Jason Leffler, the veteran Nationwide series driver. He currently ranks 10th in the series, behind the wheel of the number 38 Great Clips Toyota. Jason joined NBC12 from the track via Skype.

RYAN: Tell me first, what is it that you like about driving at Richmond International Raceway?

JASON: I think if you ask any driver, it's one of their favorite tracks. You have got a lot of side-by-side racing, get a lot of high-speed track stuff, you know. It's like the perfect mix between a superspeedway and a short track and the atmosphere is always great here at Richmond. The fans don't have a bad seat in the house. Always put on a great show for them and the Friday and Saturday night racing seems to be -- changes the atmosphere up a little and make it cool.

RYAN: Let's talk a little bit about your career and so far and how on the Nationwide Series, you're not like the Sprint Cup guys where you have to try to squeeze into the top 12 in this chase. You will be okay because you're in the top 10 right now. Compare the difference between having all your points taken together over the course of year as opposed to the chase. Which scoring system do you like better?

JASON: Well, I think that's a great question. Right now I'm 10th in points like you mentioned and looks like the farthest I can get up is seventh, so I wish we had the chase format because it would be nice to start all over again. We had a rough beginning of the year, but I like the chase format. I like what they do on the Sprint Cup size of things. I think it adds a lot of attention to the championship at the end of the year, and gets everybody excited about it, so maybe they will introduce it sometime in the nationwide series.

RYAN: Or perhaps you could be up in the Sprint Cup Series on a more regular basis. Do you see that in your future? Do you think you have a future as a full-time sprint cup driver?

JASON: I don't know, I've been there before and if I won a few of these Nationwide races, I'm sure I'll be getting phone calls and opportunities and that's the way it works. Everybody at the team I race for works hard. We've been close to a few wins this year and maybe Friday night will be it, you know, and I like that idea though. I'd like to be in Sprint Cup full-time.

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