BUSCH: Michigan: Jason Keller preview

Event Information -- Event: Cabela's 250; Time and Date: 1:00 p.m. EST, August 21, 2004; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 12:30 p.m. EST and MRN (radio) at 12:30 p.m. EST; Qualifying: August 20, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. EST Live on...

Event Information -- Event: Cabela's 250; Time and Date: 1:00 p.m. EST,

August 21, 2004; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 12:30 p.m. EST and MRN (radio) at 12:30 p.m. EST; Qualifying: August 20, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. EST Live on Speed

Michigan Test--Keller and his No. 22 Miller High Life crew finished up a two-day test at MIS last Tuesday in an effort to gain valuable information for this weekend's 250 mile event. In the past, the 33-year old veteran has struggled at tracks like Michigan; but during the test, crew chief, Wes Ward said they found some things that they believe will help make Keller feel more comfortable in the car at this weekend's 2.5-mile track.

Relaxation at it's best... Jason Keller's week off didn't turn out to be the relaxing downtime he was looking forward to sharing with his wife, Deborah and their two kids, Joe and Jade. After completing his two-day test at MIS, Keller headed to his beach house in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Only to have the governor of South Carolina issue a mandatory evacuation late Friday night due to the threat of Tropical Storm Bonnie; causing Keller and his family to cut their vacation short and head back to their hometown of Traveler's Rest, S.C.

Big Games, Fun Times...On Thursday, Keller will participate in the Cabela's 250 Driver Challenge at the Cabela's store in Dundee, MI. Keller and several other drivers will be joined by various members of the media to participate in a driver/media duel that will consist of clay pigeon shooting, archery and a remote control boat race. Later that night, Keller will be appearing at Duffy's Food & Spirits in Jackson, where consumers can meet with the series veteran and enter a raffle to win prizes that will include; tickets to the race, racing memorabilia and qualification for a drawing that includes a trip to a Nextel Cup event and a customized High Life ATV.

High Life Light Returns--Once again Keller's No. 22 Miller High Life (MHL) Ford will carry the blue, white and silver MHL Light paint scheme that adorned his car this year at Chicago and IRP. The revamped brand packaging hit shelves in July with new colors of blue, white and silver in an effort to help differentiate the High Life Light packaging from the familiar red and gold that appears on boxes of the High Life brand.

The Car-- The Miller High Life crew will bring car No. 10-17 to the track this weekend in Michigan. This is the same car that Keller drove to a second place finish at Chicago last month. Last year's teammate, Scott Riggs, also drove this car to a second and third place finish in 2003 at Texas and Charlotte.

Quotes:

Keller on his test at Michigan--"I'm not so sure that we learned as much as we needed to learn at our test. Hopefully we gained some valuable information to take with us this weekend. Michigan is a tough track for me, the few times I've run well there, something has happened to me. So I'm looking forward to going back there and leaving with a top-5 finish."

Keller on where he sits in the points race-- "We're really not too worried about the points race right now. We are so far along in the year and so far back from first place, right now it's really just a race from third place on. We really just need to focus on winning some races in these last 10 or so events and try to carry that momentum into next year."

Keller on looking ahead to racing at Bristol--"Unfortunately our last race at Bristol we didn't perform as well as we usually do. But I love Bristol, it's a really exciting track and I've never won a race there at night, so hopefully we can change that next weekend. Bristol to me is like a home track, it's as close to my home as Charlotte is, so it's important for me to do well there."

-mhlr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller