BUSCH: Keller fast in Miami BGN test

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2000) – Even though his ppc Racing teammate Jeff Green holds an insurmountable 526-point lead in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, Jason Keller is not quitting yet. Keller concluded a two-day test session at...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2000) – Even though his ppc Racing teammate Jeff Green holds an insurmountable 526-point lead in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, Jason Keller is not quitting yet.

Keller concluded a two-day test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Thursday as he prepares for the season-ending Nov. 11 Miami 300 at the 1.5-mile facility in South Florida. Keller recorded an unofficial lap of 150.042 mph (35.99 seconds), which bettered Hut Stricklin’s track record of 149.456 mph.

Keller doesn’t have his eye on Green anymore, but instead is focusing on keeping his second-place position in the points standings. He leads third place Todd Bodine by 176 points and fourth place Kevin Harvick by 177 points.

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“We’re in a points battle,” Keller said. “We definitely want to finish second. Jeff pretty much has the points locked up. We need to do what we need to do to finish second.”

In fact, Green’s crew chief Harold Holly came down with the No. 57 Excedrin team to work with Keller’s crew chief Steve Addington.

“Harold’s working on one car and Steve’s working on the other,” Keller said. “I think they’ve got in a competition to see which one runs faster. I don’t care which one it is.We need to finish second in the points. We’re in a big battle for that. It has a lot of prestige and pays a lot of money too.

”I was really happy with both days of the test. A lot of times at a test you only learn what not to do. This was one test we learned a lot of things what to do. I think the track record is definitely in jeopardy.” Other drivers testing on Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway included Hut Stricklin, Jason Leffler, Todd Bodine, Curtis Markham, David Green, Jimmie Johnson, Michael Ritch, Ashton Lewis, Mike Stefanik and Elton

Sawyer. Sawyer ran the fastest unofficial lap of the day, 150.922 mph, but was running a 12-1 engine setup the Busch Series will use in the 2001 season.

“That car ran pretty good, so we accomplished something by getting some miles on the new engine,” Sawyer said. “We’ll be pretty good for 2001, but unfortunately, the car we’re going to bring back next month didn’t run very good.”

Practice and qualifying for both the Miami 300 and Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts will be held on Friday, Nov. 10. The Miami 300 takes the green flag at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, while the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennzoil 400 is set for a 12:30 p.m. start on Sunday.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Hut Stricklin , David Green , Ashton Lewis