BUSCH: Bristol: Jason Keller qualifying press conference

JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd) "The car was really good as soon as we unloaded in practice. We started to try to do qualifying setups this morning and Scott, my teammate Scott Riggs, decided to work on race setups. We...

JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd)

"The car was really good as soon as we unloaded in practice. We started to try to do qualifying setups this morning and Scott, my teammate Scott Riggs, decided to work on race setups. We got together and put my qualifying setup on his car. He seemed to do a little bit better than I did with that. We should be good in Happy Hour today and I'm just looking forward to coming back to Bristol. It's always an exciting place, and I've got a pretty good starting spot, so I'm excited about it."

YOU HAVE THE POINTS LEAD AND YOU'RE STARTING UP FRONT TOMORROW. "As everybody knows here at Bristol, you can get in trouble up front or in the back, but it's a lot less likely up front. We just want to be sure that we come to all of these places and do our best, and I've felt like we've done that in qualifying. Our qualifying effort this year has definitely improved over last year and we still need to give ourselves a shot at it each and every, and so far, we've done that. I know that pit road has changed a little bit, but I still think it's important to qualify up front, so we can pit on the front straightaway and get a good pit stall closer to Turn 1 because I still think that that's going to be a benefit. So far so good; things have worked out well."

"1999 sure does bring back good memories, but there's a different ppc car on the pole. If you remember back to that race, I sat on the pole. I say it again, I really enjoy coming here. Last year was a little bit of an off year for us here at Bristol, but we are getting back on track here now. If you can't get excited about short-track racing and coming to Bristol, I don't think you can get excited about racing. It gets my juices flowing. We wanted to get the pole and when we couldn't get that it's a lot better for me for me to start on the inside. I don't know if anyone remembers but a couple of years ago I qualified second here and jumped the start and got black-flagged, so I did need one of those bad memories to be brought up. Starting on the inside here is definitely where we need to be, especially pushing my teammate into Turn 1. I think that's going to be a benefit to both of us."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller