Short Track Champ...When the green flag drops for the Kroger 200 on Saturday night, Keller will be the only driver in the field with six top-5 finishes at IRP since it's NBS debut in 1994. In fact, Keller won his first NBS race at this track in...
Short Track Champ...When the green flag drops for the Kroger 200 on Saturday night, Keller will be the only driver in the field with six top-5 finishes at IRP since it's NBS debut in 1994. In fact, Keller won his first NBS race at this track in 1995, after starting third. But that's not the only win he has at this track; Keller also won here in 1999 after starting from the pole. The South Carolina native has started in the top-5 here six times and hasn't finished outside the top-10 in 8 of his last 10 starts. The key to success at this track for Keller is the similarities to the short track "bull rings" he grew up racing on with his father. Nothing would be sweeter for Keller than getting his first victory of the season at IRP; a track that holds special memories for the 34-year old veteran.
Ladies and Gentlemen, High Life Light is Back!--Jason Keller's No. 22 Ford will carry the blue and white Miller High Life Light paint scheme that first debuted in Chicago last month. Miller Brewing Company is looking to promote the new High Life Light packaging that debuted in stores nationwide July 1st. The blue/white and silver paint scheme will also run at Michigan next weekend.
Testing 1, 2--Keller and his Miller High Life crew will be heading to Michigan International Speedway on their week off to test the two-mile oval. MIS isn't one of Keller's favorite tracks; in ten starts there, he has just two finishes inside the top-10. He's hoping this test will help his Miller High Life team gain the valuable knowledge they will need for next weekend's Cabela's 250. Keller will also participate in a one-day test on Wednesday with ppc Racing teammate, Terry Cook at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in preparation for this weekend's race at IRP.
Did You Know?--Keller leads the Busch Series in the most races competed in with 222; a streak that started back in 1997 with Dover International Raceway. The 34-year old veteran also leads the list of the top-50 all-time money leaders in the NBS; with career winnings totaling $8,714,945.
The Car-- The Miller High Life crew will bring car No. 10-18 to IRP this weekend. This is the same car Keller drove to a 13th place finish last weekend at Pikes Peak. This will be only the second race this year that Keller has driven this car. It was a favorite of last year teammate, Scott Riggs' who drove it to a victory at Gateway in 2003.
Keller on racing at IRP where he got his first career victory--"This track always brings back good memories; this is where I won with my own team back in 1995. This is the only track that I've won twice; so there's always that nervous feeling when I go back here, knowing that I can perform well here."
Keller on the points chase--"I haven't let the points chase bother me too much this year. In the past, we've been so close to first and this year, things are a little different. As a team, we've tried to just focus on each race and performing good so we can bring home solid top-5 finishes."