BUSCH: Bristol: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Notes: * Jason Keller regained the lead in the championship race with his fourth-place effort at Darlington. Keller now has a 12-point lead over Greg Biffle after four races. * Keller won the spring race at Bristol from the pole...

Jason Keller Notes:

* Jason Keller regained the lead in the championship race with his fourth-place effort at Darlington. Keller now has a 12-point lead over Greg Biffle after four races.

* Keller won the spring race at Bristol from the pole in 1999.

* The Albertson's team, with driver Keller, is the only full-time Busch Series team to win in 2002.

* Keller is looking to capture his 50th career top-five finish at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Keller's first top five came at Dover Downs on September 17, 1994.

Jason Keller Quotes:
Regaining The Lead... Keller and the Albertson's team sit atop the championship points standings after a fourth-place finish at Darlington. Keller ran second for the majority of the race behind eventual race winner Jeff Burton. The team had trouble on the final pit stop that sent the Albertson's Ford back a few spots.

"I had a hard time reading the tires," said Keller. "We couldn't get the rear tight enough where it would drive through the corners. It's frustrating when I can't communicate to Steve (Addington) what the car needs.

"We set a goal at the beginning of the year to be leading the points by the fourth race, and that is what we are doing. We just can't afford to give up points on pit road, even if it's just four points. Don't get me wrong, the team is doing a great job and I am extremely excited about where we are in the standings, we just can't lose valuable positions on pit road."

Redemption At Bristol... Keller has 18 starts at Bristol, including one win and one pole in 1999. Last spring the Albertson's team finished 11th in the spring race.

"I'm going to Bristol with the mindset that I'm going to win," said Keller. "We really struggled last spring at Bristol and that was very disappointing. I love concrete racetracks, so to struggle that way was tough. I think we will be back on track at Bristol with the tires Goodyear is providing. It's the same tire we ran last year and we had a much better run going in the fall before we were caught up in a wreck.

"I want to win this race. I know how to win this race. We went with high hopes last spring and ran terrible, but I have more confidence heading into this race than I have ever had."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jason Keller , Greg Biffle