BUSCH: Kentucky: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Notes: * Jason Keller and the Albertsons team currently sit sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings. Keller is 176 points behind teammate and current points leader Scott Riggs. * This weekend, Keller will be...

Jason Keller Notes:

* Jason Keller and the Albertsons team currently sit sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings. Keller is 176 points behind teammate and current points leader Scott Riggs.

* This weekend, Keller will be driving the No. 57 Ford Taurus that finished fifth at Las Vegas and captured the pole position at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season.

* Keller became the first Busch Series driver to reach $7 million in career earnings last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.

Jason Keller Quotes:

Kentucky Speedway-- Keller and the Albertsons team have run extremely well at the two races held at Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, their finishes do not reflect their performance. The No. 57 was running second in 2001 when the car ran out of gas coming into the pits giving the team a 14th-place finish. Keller finished 34th in 2002 when the motor failed with 50 laps to go while the Albertsons Ford was running in fourth place.

"I really believe we have a good handle on Kentucky even though our finishes don't reflect that," said Keller. "If it wasn't for our misfortunes we would have had two top-five finishes. I know we can run well this weekend. I'm looking forward to this race because I saw so many positive things last weekend at Nashville with this team. We had a car that was great right off the truck and could have contended for the win. I was grinning ear-to-ear in the Albertsons Ford during the race because we were having a great run and I was passing cars with relative ease. Our overall effort at Nashville sent us in the right direction to get back on track as we reach midway in the season."

Keller knows that it will take a great handling car to finish well at Kentucky. The 1.5-mile tri-oval is a unique track on the Busch Series circuit. So the Albertsons team is taking the 2003 Ford Taurus that they have the best handle on and have seen the most success with this season.

"Handling is so important at this track," said Keller. "The track is fast and it gets extremely slick toward the end of the race so a good chassis is crucial. So many of the Winston Cup teams have been using the track for testing that I've been told it's a lot rougher now. It will be interesting to see what the track will feel like and how the Albertsons Ford will react to the changes."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Scott Riggs