BUSCH: Michigan: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Notes: * Jason Keller and the Albertsons team were on their way to their first top-five finish at Michigan International Speedway last year when engine failure ended their day with just 25 laps to go. Keller was running...

Jason Keller Notes:

* Jason Keller and the Albertsons team were on their way to their first top-five finish at Michigan International Speedway last year when engine failure ended their day with just 25 laps to go. Keller was running third at the time.

* ppc Racing is on its way to another successful NASCAR Busch Series season. Teammates Scott Riggs and Keller currently sit first and third respectively in the championship standings, just 35 points apart.

* Keller has six top-10 and four top-five finishes in the past seven races, including a win at Milwaukee and three second-place finishes.

Jason Keller Quotes:

On Michigan International Speedway-- Keller and the Albertsons team head to Michigan, a track that has been tough on the team. In nine starts at Michigan, Keller has never finished in the top five. The team was running third when an engine failure relegated them to a 34th-place finish.

"Michigan is one of the bullets we need to dodge if we want to stay in the championship race," said Keller. "I am cautiously optimistic because we have tremendous momentum right now. We also ran very well at Michigan last year and were on our way to a top-five finish last year when we lost the engine.

"We ran well at California earlier this season, and aside from the banking, this is as close to California as any other track on the circuit. We are also taking our Kentucky car that I am very comfortable and confident in. Our statistics show that this is a tough track for us, but our finishes over the past seven races show we are capable of overcoming anything."

Continuing to close on the leaders-- Keller and the Albertsons team have cut the deficit between them and leader Riggs to just 35 points in the championship standings. The top-five drivers are only separated by 99 points, one of the closest points battle in series history.

"There are five guys that have a legitimate shot at the title," said Keller. "You can't just worry about one driver and his team, there are four other very capable teams vying for this title. I don't think someone who is behind by 250 points is going to be able to mount a charge, not when they have five guys they need to pass. We have finished in the top 10 in six of the past seven races, and I have only been able to pass two drivers in the standings.

"I think we have a different perspective on the championship this year. I just realized there are only 12 races left, when last year at this time we were worried about how many races were left and how many points we needed to gain each week. This year we are just concentrating on one race at a time and letting the chips fall as they may. If there are three races to go and I am in contention for the championship, then I'll worry about time and points."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Scott Riggs