Atlanta: Jason Keller race report

MOTOR FAILURE LEADS TO EARLY EXIT FOR KELLER NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept., 7, 2009 -- Jason Keller describes Atlanta Motor Speedway as a track that he "really likes but hasn't had much success at." Saturday's Degree V12 300 was par for the course...

MOTOR FAILURE LEADS TO EARLY EXIT FOR KELLER

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept., 7, 2009 -- Jason Keller describes Atlanta Motor Speedway as a track that he "really likes but hasn't had much success at." Saturday's Degree V12 300 was par for the course when Keller endured a motor failure early in the race while running in the top 15. The No. 27 Scott Tissue Ford Fusion headed to the garage after just 31 laps and Keller went on to finish a season-worst 37th.

Keller started the race 13th, his best qualifying effort at Atlanta Motor Speedway since 2002, and spent the first 11 laps in the top 15 before he alerted crew chief Todd Gordon that he was experiencing a possible problem with the motor. When a caution occurred on lap 25, Keller brought the Scott Tissue Ford Fusion down pit road where the Kleenex Racing team took a look under the hood. The crew discovered that the problem with the motor was internal and Keller limped around the track for six more laps before heading to the garage for the rest of the race.

"The Scott Tissue Ford Fusion was fast in both practices and we were running well in the early stages of the race," Keller said. "Atlanta is a track that I haven't had a lot of success at and when you're running well early and have to exit like that it really is disappointing."

Keller, who is seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Point Standings, and the Kleenex Racing team head to Richmond International Raceway Friday for the running of the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.

-credit: bcr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller