BUSCH: Kansas: Jason Keller race report

CJM Racing Rallies Back for a 16th Place Finish in the Windy City (September 29, 2007) Kansas City, KS GPg PR -- A finicky race car made for a long day in the Windy City but the race team persevered and was able to make adjustments that ...

CJM Racing Rallies Back for a 16th Place Finish in the Windy City

(September 29, 2007) Kansas City, KS GPg PR -- A finicky race car made for a long day in the Windy City but the race team persevered and was able to make adjustments that allowed Jason Keller to move quietly through the field and cross the start/finish line in the 16th position.

Jason Keller and the CJM Racing team felt the pressure heading into Kansas Speedway. Not only does the stand-alone Busch team have to qualify on time every week, this week was marked to be a milestone for driver Jason Keller as he was scheduled to break Tommy Houston's all-time start record of 417. The team tweaked the No. 11 InvestLinc Chevy throughout the practice sessions and patiently waited to see if they could be the ones to help Keller make NASCAR Busch Series history.

As qualifying neared, the anxiousness mounted and the team made their way out to pit road. Keller put on a smile, met with some media and crawled into his race car. The InvestLinc Chevy headed out 12th for two qualifying laps and Keller was able to make the field with a time of 32.313 seconds, 33rd position.

The green flag waved and with wind gusts of up to 30 mph, Keller logged career start number 417 in the books. Not too long after the start of the Yellow Transportation 300 it was evident that the handling issues felt during practice were still present in the No. 11 machine. Keller reported in, "I can't go under anyone. There is no rear grip."

That condition drastically shifted to another scenario on lap 32 as Keller reported in, "We've gone from one extreme to another. The car is too tight now."

Luckily the caution flag fell exactly one lap later and Keller brought the InvestLinc Chevrolet down pit road for service. With four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment the No. 11 restarted the race in the 26th position.

As the 200-mile event quickly turned into a marathon event, with 10 caution flags displayed throughout the day, it allowed the team to bring the No. 11 down pit road a total of seven times for adjustments. The ever changing tight condition and lack of rear grip plagued the race car for the majority of the afternoon. From an added piece of tape on the front grill to drastic track bar adjustments, Keller was able to maneuver through the field and gain valuable positions.

The No. 11 InvestLinc Chevy held strong in the top-20 as the laps progressed and a late race charge showed Keller in the 15th position by lap 187. With 13 laps remaining, Keller battled the on-track action and crossed the start/finish line in the 16th position.

"We were able to overcome a lot today. The handling on the car kept changing on me and fortunately all the caution flags allowed us to continue working on the car. I'm happy with where we ended up. We'll take what we have learned from today and apply it to the remaining races this season," Keller explained.

-credit: bam

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller