BUSCH: Nashville: News of note, schedule

* Keller poised to be first $7 million man * ST Motorsports signs Pressley for 2004 * GEICO extends sponsorship for Mike Wallace ON THE RIGHT TRACK * Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford) leads all active drivers...

*          Keller poised to be first $7 million man

* ST Motorsports signs Pressley for 2004
* GEICO extends sponsorship for Mike Wallace

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford) leads all active drivers at Nashville Superspeedway with three top-five finishes in four starts. He has led a total of 122 laps and scored his best finish, second, in 2001. Another top-five finish this weekend would push Keller's career earnings to over $7 million. Keller -- who is $20,469 shy of the mark -- would become the first NASCAR Busch Series driver to reach the $7 million plateau. "Being the first person to reach $7 million says a lot about the people and the teams that I have aligned myself with," Keller said. "You could be the best driver in the world, but unless you are with a great team you are not going to be successful. When I think back to my first NASCAR Busch Series race, it's hard to believe that I am now the top money winner."

* Nashville native Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford) -- one of four drivers from Tennessee entered in the Nashville event -- has led the most laps (123) of any active driver at Nashville. Hamilton has two top fives and three top-10 finishes and has started in the top 10 in all four starts.

* Scott Wimmer (No. 23 Stacker2/Stamina RX Chevrolet) also has two top five and three top-10 finishes in four starts at Nashville.

ETC.

* ST Motorsports, which currently fields the No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet for Stacy Compton, has signed Robert Pressley to drive a second car in 2004 for owners Tad Geschickter and Steve Plattenberger. Pressley -- who currently competes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series -- has 10 wins and six poles in 205 career starts in the NASCAR Busch Series, with a career high of third in the 1991 championship point standings. ST Motorsports -- which fielded cars for Pressley in 33 races in 1997 and 1998 -- has plans to announce sponsorship at Daytona International Speedway in July. ... Mike Wallace (No. 4 GEICO Chevrolet) and his Biagi Bros. Racing team received news last week that GEICO has extended their sponsorship for an additional 14 races in 2003 for a total of 28. "We really appreciate the continued support," said Wallace, 13th in the series point standings. "We're only six races shy of running the full season and hopefully we'll be able to gain additional sponsorship that will enable us to run the full season." ... NASCAR Busch Series regular Johnny Sauter (No. 21 PayDay Chevrolet) will be competing in Friday's NASCAR Elite Division, Kodak Southeast Series race for car owner Richie Wauters. Sauter -- who is ninth in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings -- will drive the No. 5 Victor/UPI Painting Ford, the same car NASCAR Winston Cup star Kenny Wallace drove to Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2002 ... Capitol Recording Artist and country music star Trace Adkins will perform a pre-race concert on the front straight of Nashville Superspeedway at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Capitol Records helped put a deal together for Adkins to be the title sponsor -- Trace Adkins Chrome 300 -- for Saturday's race. "Chrome" is the name of Adkins second gold album by Capitol Records. "I've been a big fan of racing for as long as I can remember," Adkins said. "I'm honored to have a race with my name on it at Nashville Superspeedway." ... Pikes Peak International Raceway has announced that TrimSpa will be the title sponsor of their race on July 26. The name of the race will be the TrimSpa Dream Body 250 presented by Dodge. TrimSpa also sponsors the No. 27 TrimSpa Pontiac in the NASCAR Busch Series driven by Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender Joey Clanton. ... Tennessee has the most active NASCAR Busch Series tracks with three -- Bristol Motor Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park and Nashville.

QUOTEBOOK

* "Last year I won a guitar from (Nashville) and when we built the trophy cabinet, we built it for two guitars. I would like to add that second one this weekend." -- Mike Bliss (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet), who won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Nashville from the pole in August 2002.

* "Winning my first NASCAR Busch Series pole is something I will always remember. The team put a great car under me, and I was able to pull off a clean, fast lap. Randy LaJoie broke my track record back in April, so we'll do all we can to get it back on Friday." -- Shane Hmiel (No. 48 Goulds Pumps Chevrolet), who won his career-first Bud Pole at Nashville in April 2002.

* "It's discouraging for us to have such a slow start to the season. We need to remember that last year we were strong at the start, Biffle ran the best mid-season and (Scott) Wimmer finished strong. One good race could turn this season around quickly." -- Jason Keller, who led the series point standings five weeks after 14 races in 2002, but is currently sixth.

* "Going back to Nashville is exciting. We're bringing the same car we won with back in April. We had an awesome car then so there is no reason we can't repeat in the Music City." -- David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac).

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Although Saturday's Trace Adkins Chrome 300 is just the fifth race at Nashville Superspeedway, NASCAR is certainly not new to Nashville. The NASCAR Busch Series competed nine times at the Nashville Speedway USA short track in 1984, `88-89 and `95-2000. Biffle -- the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series champion -- christened the new Nashville Superspeedway with his career-first NASCAR Busch Series win on April 14, 2001.

FAST FACTS

What: Trace Adkins Chrome 300 (Race 15 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn.
When: 8 p.m. (ET), (7 p.m. local), Saturday, June 7
TV: FX, 7:30 p.m. (ET).

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday--Practice, 1:30 -- 3:30 p.m.; Qualifying, 5:05 p.m.; Final practice, 8:45 -- 9:45 p.m. (Final practice time approximate, follows Kodak Southeast Series race.)

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Mike Wallace , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Stacy Compton , David Green , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Mike Bliss