BUSCH: Kansas City: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Kansas Notes: · Albertsons Racing team driver Jason Keller's fifth-place finish at Dover was good enough to cut his deficit in the NASCAR Busch Series points race in half. Keller remains second, just 35 points out of ...

Jason Keller Kansas Notes:

· Albertsons Racing team driver Jason Keller's fifth-place finish at Dover was good enough to cut his deficit in the NASCAR Busch Series points race in half. Keller remains second, just 35 points out of the lead.

· Keller has qualified the Albertsons Ford in the top five for eight straight weeks, a streak that started at Daytona in July.

· Keller will drive Albertsons Ford No. 5708 that led on two different occasions at Kansas last year. Keller piloted this car five times already this year, including top 10 finishes at Chicago and Bristol.

Jason Keller Quotes:

Kansas City... The Albertsons team had a fifth-place effort at Kansas Speedway in 2001. Keller was leading the race with 29 laps to go when the caution flag fell. Keller and crew chief Steve Addington brought the Albertsons Ford down pit road for fresh tires, but two cars remained on the track including the eventual race winner. Keller was caught behind lap traffic and unable to regain the lead.

"The track itself reminds me a lot of Kentucky. It is a very smooth track and it has easy transitions in and off the corners. The only thing that really sticks out about the track is that we ran extremely well. Sometimes the worse position to be in with 30 laps to go is in the lead. We made the decision to pit and walked away with a top-five finish.

"I'm looking forward to Kansas," Keller said. "It's still a new track, so one team doesn't have much of an advantage over another. It's a race that will be won by the team that comes prepared and utilizes their track time wisely. The Albertsons team has been second to none in that aspect all year long."

Making Headway In The Championship Battle... Keller, who leads the series in top fives and laps led heading to Kansas, gained 43 points on Greg Biffle in the championship battle last weekend at Dover International Speedway.

"We did what we needed to do at Dover," said Keller. "If Biffle falters, or any other team in the top five for that matter, we need to capitalize on the situation. I knew at Dover we would gain some points on Biffle, but I had no idea where he was on the track. For all I knew, he was just one or two cars behind me.

"If we want to win this championship, we need to stay focused on running up front and give ourselves the opportunity to win races. It doesn't do the team or me any good to worry about the other contenders. We can't control what they do, but we can stay focused on what we need to do."

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