BUSCH: Atlanta: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Atlanta Motor Speedway Notes: *       Jason Keller and the Albertsons team gained 63 points on NASCAR Busch Series points leader Greg Biffle.  The team now sits just 105 points out of first place. *     Keller will be...

Jason Keller Atlanta Motor Speedway Notes:

*       Jason Keller and the Albertsons team gained 63 points on NASCAR Busch Series points leader Greg Biffle.  The team now sits just 105 points out of first place.

*     Keller will be driving the car he previously ran in six races this season, Kentucky, Kansas City, Nashville, Michigan, and the spring and fall races at Bristol.  The car's best finish this season is fifth at Nashville in June.

*     The Albertsons team tested at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago in an effort to capture their first top-five finish at the 1.54-mile oval track.

*     Keller's first NASCAR Busch Series start came at Lanier Speedway just north of Atlanta.  Keller qualified eighth and finish 29th in April of 1991.  He brought home $575 of his $5.9 million in career winnings in the Busch Series.

Jason Keller Quotes:

Atlanta Motor Speedway... The Albertsons team heads to one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit, Atlanta Motor Speedway.  The Busch Series cars reach speeds nearing 200 mph, and Keller hopes to improve upon last year's seventh-place effort. 

"I think it's a fair assessment to say Atlanta isn't my best track," said Keller.  "We've never had a great set up for a race there.  ppc Racing tested three cars with computer data recorders on each car and had engineers sort out that data.  We think we have a few things figured out for this weekend.  The forecast is predicting rain again this weekend, so the test may prove to be more valuable than we thought.

"I've never raced a Busch Series car on this track in the fall.  The corners have such a unique feeling that you have to be willing to search around the track to find the groove and a line that's comfortable.  The track seems to get slicker and now Goodyear is bringing a harder left side tire than we've driven with in the past, so it's difficult to say how that will affect the handling."

The Championship Chase... The Albertsons team gained some ground on points leader Greg Biffle last weekend at Memphis.  However, they know it will take better performances than the past few races to catch and pass him.

"Recently we haven't been able to mount the charge we were hoping for," said Keller.  "I don't feel like we are putting enough pressure on him.  I'm glad we gained some points, but in order to contend for the championship we have to run up front."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Greg Biffle