BUSCH: Bristol II: Jason Keller preview

August 27, 2004; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 8:00p.m. EST and PRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 7:45 p.m. EST; Qualifying: August 26, 2004 at 3:15 p.m. EST Live on Speed Short Track Success... Jason Keller returns to Bristol Motor...

August 27, 2004; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 8:00p.m. EST and PRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 7:45 p.m. EST; Qualifying: August 26, 2004 at 3:15 p.m. EST Live on Speed

Short Track Success... Jason Keller returns to Bristol Motor Speedway for the fall race with one thing on his mind; a trip to victory lane. Keller's season thus far has been one of ups and downs, but this weekend's track brings nothing but good memories for the 34-year old veteran. Keller has one win, three poles, four top-5's and eleven top-10's at BMS. In fact, Keller started on the pole here and took home the checkered flag in 1999, posting the second win of his career. After dominating much of the race, Keller passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the closing laps to post the second win of his career.

Welcome Back Airplus Insoles--Keller's car will carry the familiar colors of Airplus Insoles on the hood of his car for this weekend's Food City 250 at Bristol. Implus, a leading supplier of insole, lace, sock and shoe care products will appear as the primary sponsor on Keller's No. 22 Ford Taurus. Airplus Insoles currently is an associate sponsor on Keller's car and has been the primary sponsor on two previous occasions this year. Miller High Life will return to the hood of Keller's car next weekend at Richmond.

In the Booth...The series veteran will join SPEED Channel hosts Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and guest commentator, Michael Waltrip in the booth on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to help call the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 200. Keller will be keeping an eye on teammate, Terry Cook, who will be on track in his No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford, looking to bring home his sixth top-10 finish of the season.

The Car-- The Miller High Life crew will be bringing car No. 57-18 to the track this weekend. This is the same car that Keller drove to an eighth place here in the spring race; this car has not been driven since that race on March 27th.

JASON KELLER BRISTOL FAST FACTS

* Keller has more poles at this track than any other in his career with three. In fact, Keller holds the qualifying record here from his 2003 run of 126.021 mph.

* Keller's last win here was in 1999 when he beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the checkered flag for the second win of this career; his first win with car owner Greg Pollex.

* Keller will be commentating the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race from the booth Wednesday night live on SPEED.

* The South Carolina native considers Bristol just as much of a home track as he does Charlotte. The "World's Fastest Half Mile" is a short three-hour drive from Keller's hometown of Traveler's Rest, S.C.

Quotes:

Keller on racing at the World's Most Famous Half Mile--"I used to have a better feel for the concrete tracks, but this year that hasn't really been the case. I really enjoy going to Bristol. It's always exciting, there's nothing in specific that's special about it, I just love going there; it's a cool place to race."

Keller on the Bristol being the track where he has the most poles--"I didn't even know that I had the most poles of any other track there. Wow--.that's pretty cool. I look forward to qualifying there every time we go there; it just seems to be my kind of track. Hopefully we can make it number four this weekend."

-ppcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip , Jason Keller , Terry Cook , Phil Parsons