BUSCH: Homestead: Jason Keller preview

Eight Years Together Comes to an End--Keller and his long-time ppc Racing team will run together for their last time this weekend in Homestead after an eight-year relationship. Although Keller is unsure of where his plans will take him for the...

Eight Years Together Comes to an End--Keller and his long-time ppc Racing team will run together for their last time this weekend in Homestead after an eight-year relationship. Although Keller is unsure of where his plans will take him for the 2005 season; he is still optimistic that his team has one more shot of posting that illustrious victory that has escaped them throughout the 2004 season. The 34-year old series veteran has had an exceptional driving record during his long-standing relationship with car owner, Greg Pollex. He has finished in the top-five in points for four consecutive years, including runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2002. Keller has nine wins and eights poles with his current team and would love nothing more than to finish the season with a trip to victory lane here in Miami.

Season of Indecision...When Jason Keller found out that his ppc Racing team would lose their sponsor at the end of the 2004 season, it was time to start looking at other options. Although the South Carolina native didn't want to leave the team he's grown to become a family with; he was faced with no other choice as car owner, Pollex informed him that their was a lot of uncertainty surrounding sponsorship for the '05 season. Keller found himself talking with several different teams in the Busch Series and has even pondered the possibility of driving a truck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Although nothing has been decided yet, Keller is optimistic that he will take his place somewhere in the weeks following Homestead.

High Life Welcomes Jeremy Mayfield to the Family...As the season comes to an end this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Keller will drive the No. 22 Miller High Life Ford for the 34th and final time. Although Miller High Life will be saying good-bye to its ppc Racing team and Jason Keller; it will welcome a new member to their family. Jeremy Mayfield will take over driving duties in the No. 64 Miller High Life Dodge for RWI Racing, Inc. The team will come out of the box in Daytona in February, where Mayfield will be looking to get the first NBS victory of his career.

The Car-- The Miller High Life crew will bring car No. 10-17 to the track this weekend. This is the same car that Keller was involved in an accident with at Charlotte, but the car will head to Homestead with a new body and clip. Keller hopes to drive it to a second-place finish like the one he scored in Chicago earlier this year with the same car.

Quotes:

Keller on his 2004 season--"Obviously this year didn't go the way that we had expected. We've finished in the top-five in points for four consecutive years with this team and it doesn't look like we are going to be able to do that this year. It's disappointing; we certainly thought by this time of the year we'd have a few wins under our belt, but we still have one race left and we'll do our best to get the best finish possible and move on."

Keller on where he will be next year--"I'm really not sure what next year is going to bring for me. But I am talking to a couple of different teams and should have some things resolved in the next couple of weeks. It's frustrating because a lot of these teams are looking for younger drivers, but I've been in this series for a long time, and I know my time here isn't over yet."

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