BUSCH: Las Vegas: Jason Keller preview

Vegas Test for "22"--The No. 22 Miller High Life Ford tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in January. The team practiced race runs for most of the two day test. After reviewing notes and times, Keller had the most consistent lap times over the 30...

Vegas Test for "22"--The No. 22 Miller High Life Ford tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in January. The team practiced race runs for most of the two day test. After reviewing notes and times, Keller had the most consistent lap times over the 30 lap runs. Crew chief Wes Ward felt the test was extremely helpful to the team and believes their car has the capability to post a top-five finish in the Sam's Town 300 this weekend.

Veteran at Vegas-- Jason Keller has started all seven races since the inaugural Vegas race in 1997. He started on the outside pole and finished fifth there in 2003. Keller is especially looking forward to returning to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday due to the success they had during their test in January.

Viva Las Vegas--If you want to find Jason Keller in Vegas when he's not on the track, you'll find him at the Three Card Poker tables at the nearest casino. Three card poker is a game in which you actually play two 3 card hands simultaneously. One offers standard odds and ante, the second pays in a progressive format. This year, Keller is hoping he will be as lucky at the poker table as he was with his on track performance of a second place finish in 2003.

Workhorse--The Miller High Life crew will unload the #57-19 car at Las Vegas this weekend. The car was Keller's workhorse last year, giving him a top-five finish at Charlotte, Kansas and Kentucky. He also drove it to a sixth place finish at Chicago and put it on the pole at Texas. This car has proven in the past to be one of Keller's favorites, and will try to stay on his good side this weekend with a top-five finish at Vegas..

Quotes:

Keller on Vegas Test-- "We had a really good test here. I am excited to go back to Vegas next weekend. It is a good track for us and I think tire management is going to definitely come into play more so this year with the new tires. We realized at the test that the tires tend to slow you down faster here than they did in the past, so if you are going to end up in victory lane here, you're going to have to pace yourself."

Keller on New Tire Package-- "You lose a lot more of a handle on your car with the new tire package. The tires definitely give the car a different feel; they have much more flexibility now. The sidewall moves around a lot more than it did last year, making the car more flexible."

Keller on his performance at Rockingham--"I'm really disappointed with the way we finished last weekend. We had a great weekend and everything was going good, we qualified well and practiced well in Happy Hour. We just didn't finish up like we needed too. So now we just need to focus on Vegas and get ourselves a top-five for this Miller High Life Racing Team."

Did you know?.....

* This will be the first race that the "Miller High Life Classic Men" will be making an appearance. Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison and David Pearson will all be in Vegas, honoring the Miller High Life brand and its long history in stock car racing. You can see these "Miller High Life Classic Men" along with Jason Keller at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas on Friday, March 5th from 7-9:00p.m.

* The No. 22 Miller High Life team will be testing the week after the Vegas race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is Keller's favorite track, he has 1 win, 3 poles and 4 top-fives at the World's Fastest Half Mile.

* This is the first year that ppc Racing isn't running a two-car team. The addition this year to the ppc family was the No.10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team driven by Terry Cook. Their first race as a truck team, the Powerstroke Diesel Ford qualified on the pole and finished fifth. They are looking forward to getting back to racing when they return to the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

-ppc-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Terry Cook , Bobby Allison , Buddy Baker