BUSCH: Nazareth: Jason Keller preview

Event Information --Event: Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200; Time and Date: 1:00 p.m. EST, May 23, 2004; Live Coverage: FX (television) at 12:30 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 12:30 p.m. EST; Qualifying: May 22, 2004 at 4:05 p.m. EST...

Event Information --Event: Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200; Time and Date: 1:00 p.m. EST, May 23, 2004; Live Coverage: FX (television) at 12:30 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 12:30 p.m. EST; Qualifying: May 22, 2004 at 4:05 p.m. EST Live on Speed

One Last Time...Jason Keller will have one last time to break his tie with driver Tim Fedewa for the most top-10 finishes at Nazareth Speedway. When Keller rolls off the starting grid for the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 on Sunday, it will mark his 11th career start at this track. In 2002, he won this event and in 2003 made his 300th career start there. Keller has three top-five finishes in his last four starts at Nazareth. His average finish at this track is eighth and his average starting spot is ninth. Keller and his ppc Racing team will look to continue their momentum coming off two consecutive top-five finishes.

2002 Defending Champs--Keller dominated this race in 2002, starting from the outside pole and never looking back as he took the checkered flag for the fourth time that year. At that time, Keller's ppc Racing teammate Scott Riggs came home second and gave ppc their only 1-2 finish of the 2002 season. This year, Keller will have no such help as his teammate Terry Cook will be driving his No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Sponsorship Update--This will be the fifth race of the season that Jason Keller will enter the field with a white hood on his race car. Thus far in 2004, ppc has obtained sponsorship for the other four races where Miller High Life has been an associate. The Miller High Life sponsorship is a primary for 19 of the 34 races on the schedule in 2004. The High Life brand will return to the hood of Keller's race car in next week for the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Car--The Miller High Life crew will be bringing car #57-15 to the track this weekend. This was the same car Keller drove to a third place finish at Gateway, his first top-five of the season. This car brought Keller his only win of the 2003 season at the Milwaukee Mile; he also finished second with it at Pikes Peak the same year.

Quotes:

Keller his last start at Nazareth--"It's unfortunate that we won't be coming back to Nazareth next year. They just haven't been able to draw a big enough crowd here; which is unfortunate for me because I always perform well at this track. I would love to see it stay on the schedule but NASCAR needs to make decisions like this to make the sport better for everyone."

Keller on the season's momentum picking up--"I was looking forward to racing at these flatter tracks and learning how to adapt to the tire better. These last two races have been a big step for us; Wes and I are starting to communicate better and the guys on pit road have really made a big difference. I was hoping that when we traveled to these three flat tracks where I've had good finishes in the past; that we would gain a lot of momentum that we could carry on to places like Dover and Charlotte. These top-five finishes have really helped us to build our confidence in races and on pit road."

Keller on his top-five finish at Richmond--"We had a solid performance at Richmond. The guys really stepped up on pit road. I think at one point I came down pit road in 12th place and came out on the race track in 6th. The communications getting better, but at these tracks where it's so hard to pass, the pit road guys are making all the difference."

-ppcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Terry Cook , Scott Riggs