BUSCH: Charlotte: Jason Keller preview

Keller's Consistency Continues... Jason Keller is on a roll these days, posting three consecutive top-five finishes in his last three races. Keller garnered a third at Gateway, a fifth at Richmond and a fourth-place finish this past weekend at ...

Keller's Consistency Continues... Jason Keller is on a roll these days, posting three consecutive top-five finishes in his last three races. Keller garnered a third at Gateway, a fifth at Richmond and a fourth-place finish this past weekend at Nazareth. The South Carolina native currently sits fifth in the driver standings, just 161 points behind leader Martin Truex, Jr. Keller will look to post his third top-5 finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway in this Saturday's Carquest Auto Parts 300.

The Miller Men--Jason Keller hasn't been the only man on a roll this month for the No. 22 Miller High Life team. Keller's crew has consistently put him in contention to win with their speedy efforts on pit road. Two week's ago at Richmond, Keller gained a total of nine positions on pit road during the race. The Miller High Life crew also won the McDonald's POWERade Drive-Thru Pit Crew of the race award this past weekend at Nazareth Speedway. With the help of pit coach Phil Horton, the ppc Racing organization practices pit stops three times a week and participate in a work out routine that consists of heavy weight lifting and cardio sessions for an hour a day. All of this training is paying off for the Miller High Life crew as they continue to help Keller go after his first win of the 2004 season.

The Car-- The Miller High Life crew will be bringing car #10-17 to the track this weekend. This was the car Scott Riggs drove to a second place finish at Texas and Charlotte in the 2003 season. Although this car hasn't hit the track in 2004, crew chief Wes Ward is confident that Keller will be satisfied with his selection.

Miller High Life Returns--The Miller High Life brand will return to the hood of Keller's No. 22 Ford for this weekend's Carquest Auto Parts 300. The brand has recruited legendary drivers Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison and David Pearson to help salute High Life's 100 year anniversary. All three Miller High Life Classic Men will be in attendance at Speed Streets this weekend signing autographs in downtown Charlotte.

Quotes:

Keller on his three top-five finishes in a row--"I was really hoping that these short track races would help us to gain momentum and confidence. And I think that we've proved that our communication is getting better and that we can win these races. I'm excited at what we've been able to accomplish this past month and just hope we can continue this type of consistency for the rest of the 2004 season."

Keller on racing at Charlotte--"Charlotte is a tough place. I have done well there in the past, so I really have to focus on the positive runs. My second and third place finishes there in 2001 were really the best I've ever run there. Hopefully, this year we can do the same and keep our momentum going."

Keller on his third consecutive top-five finish at Nazareth--"We had a really good run at Nazareth; the car was really good. We had a few mishaps on pit road that cost us valuable track time and we just ran out of time there at the end chasing the leaders. It's frustrating to not be able to capitalize on these races where you know you have the car to beat. But we're happy to have another top-five finish and we'll look to continue our momentum at Charlotte."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Scott Riggs , Martin Truex Jr. , Buddy Baker , David Pearson