BUSCH: Bristol: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Notes: * Jason Keller gained another two spots in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings with his 10th-place effort at Darlington. Keller sits third in the standings, 80 points behind leader Todd Bodine. * NASCAR chose ...

Jason Keller Notes:

* Jason Keller gained another two spots in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings with his 10th-place effort at Darlington. Keller sits third in the standings, 80 points behind leader Todd Bodine.

* NASCAR chose Keller to conduct the 2003 Busch Series rookie meetings that take place before the first practice every week. The last two drivers that conducted the rookie meetings also won the NASCAR Busch Series championship.

* The chassis on the Albertsons Ford this weekend is the oldest chassis in the No. 57 stable. It is the same chassis that captured the pole in the fall race at Bristol, Keller's second career pole at the half-mile track.

Jason Keller Quotes:

Battling Bristol. Keller hopes to be the first Busch Series regular to capture a win this season at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keller won the Bristol race in April of 1999 and believes track position will be the key to success.

"I have always believed track position was critical at Bristol," said Keller. "There are so many little advantages to running up front at Bristol that make it more important to be up front here than any other track on the circuit. Getting on and off pit road is extremely important, so getting a good pit stall can make or break your day on pit road. Also, most accidents happen from the middle to the back of the pack. Granted accidents can happen anywhere on the track, but you don't want to increase your chances.

"We are actually going to change our strategy this weekend to ensure we start up front by putting an emphasis on qualifying. We normally unload off the truck with our race set up, but this weekend we are coming with our qualifying set up and will spend most of the first practice working on it."

How difficult is winning at Bristol?

"Bristol is tough," continued Keller. "When I won the race here in 1999 I thought this was an easy track. Everything just fell into place that day from the handling of the car to our pit stops. I've gone back several times since then and realize how special that day was and would really like to experience that feeling again this weekend. We ran well at both Bristol races last year and seemed to have everything going in our favor, but we were unable to get the finishes we wanted to due to circumstances out of our control."

2003 Season. Keller and the Albertsons team came into 2003 with high hopes and expectations. While they are sitting third in the championship standings, Keller still believes there is room for improvement.

"I don't think we have reached our full potential," said Keller. "I think our season is going well, but it is not as good as we know it could be. I'm not saying we are unhappy with our third-place standing, but we expect to run better. There is nothing within the team that needs to be fixed, we just need a little fine tuning. I see more potential in our team this year than I ever have and I am going to be harder on myself this year because I know how good we can be."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jason Keller