Jason Keller Notes: Â· Welcome back Joe Keller! Joe has been recovering from back surgery, and he will be back at the track with his son this weekend for the first time since Charlotte. Jason's father has been a staple at the track since he ...
Jason Keller Notes:
· Welcome back Joe Keller! Joe has been recovering from back surgery, and he will be back at the track with his son this weekend for the first time since Charlotte. Jason's father has been a staple at the track since he began racing at 10 years old.
· Keller was on his way to a career-best finish at Michigan International Speedway when a rod broke in the motor with 25 laps to go.
· The tire carriers and changers from Andy Petree Racing's Winston Cup team will once again be in the No. 57 pits this weekend. Their pit stops were consistently around 16 seconds last weekend in Michigan, which helped keep the Albertsons Ford up front.
The Name Of The Game Is Survival... Keller is looking to re-gain his dominance by missing the annual barrage of accidents at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keller is a concrete expert, so finishing any further back than fifth is out of the question for the Busch Series veteran. He was running in the top five in the past two races when he got caught up in incidents that dropped him back to 29th-place finishes.
"Running bad at Bristol and the other concrete tracks is killing me," Keller said. "I really believe the new generation Goodyear tire has hurt me. I used to know exactly what I wanted the car to feel like on the old tires, but I haven't been able to get a handle on it lately. We've still run ok, but we haven't been able to finish a race recently to see just how good we really are.
"I'm still extremely pumped up for this race. I know that anything can happen, so I'm not going in with blinders. Surviving Bristol is always a challenge. The Albertsons team has been preparing awesome cars, so if I can stay out of trouble, I know I can contend for the win."
Closing In On The Championship... Keller made some headway last weekend in the NASCAR Busch Series championship race. He currently sits 56 points behind leader Greg Biffle heading into this weekend.
"I still think it's way too early to look at the big picture and think too much about the championship race," said Keller. "I've been in racing long enough to know there are as many highs as there are lows. That's way I don't want to know where Biffle is during the race. When we are racing side by side like we have been, I know what I need to do. I need to stay focused on running my race and not get caught up in what he is doing. We have our strategy heading into each race weekend and we need to stick to our game plan. After that, we just let the cards fall where they may."