Busch Series Back On The Road

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For the first time in series' history, the NASCAR Busch Series is both racing back-to-back road course events, and racing three road-course events in one season.

Toyota doesn't know any different though, as the manufacturer just joined the series this year. And, so far, the three road-course events haven't been too rough on Toyota.

The three Toyota teams have combined for four top-15 finishes in the first two road-course events. Jason Leffler, in the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota, posted a sixth-place finish in the manufacturer's road-course debut at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

At Mexico, Leffler's sixth-place finish was backed up by David Reutimann's 12th-place finish and Dave Blaney's 13th.

Last weekend at Montreal, the No. 99 Toyota driver Reutimann finished ninth for his ninth top-10 finish this season.

Having earned Toyota it's first NASCAR victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park the end of July, Jason Leffler is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing weekend in Montreal and build upon Toyota's road-course success.

He is making his sixth career road-course start and heads into Saturday's Zippo 200 fourth in the point standings, 16 points behind Kevin Harvick.

"We had an overall rough weekend in Montreal after crashing our primary, changing out a motor, having to start from the rear etc. so we are looking to put that behind us and repeat what we did earlier this season in Mexico City and come away with a strong finish," Leffler said.

"I like having the chance to run two road courses in a row because it gives you the chance to stay on that train of thought and apply what you learned the weekend before. That's something we have never had the chance to do with our road course program."

The team is bringing the same car to Watkins Glen International that they raced at Mexico and Montreal

The three Toyota Busch Series teams all head to Watkins Glen in the top 10 in the point standings. Reutimann is second in the points and Blaney is ninth. John Graham replaced Blaney at Montreal, where he posted a 23rd-place finish, and will also fill the No. 10 seat for the Zippo 200.

The NASCAR Busch Series begins on-track action at The Glen with both practices on Friday at 1:30 p.m and 5:30 p.m. (ET). Qualifying is Saturday morning at 11:35 a.m. with the Zippo 200 taking the green flag at 3:30 p.m. (ET).

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Lilly Diabetes 250

@ Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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