BUSCH: Nashville II: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Notes: Keller and the Albertson's team have captured top-five finishes in both races at Nashville Superspeedway. Keller finished second in 2001 and fifth this past April. Scott Wimmer is the only other driver who has accomplished...

Jason Keller Notes:

Keller and the Albertson's team have captured top-five finishes in both races at Nashville Superspeedway. Keller finished second in 2001 and fifth this past April. Scott Wimmer is the only other driver who has accomplished that feat.

Keller currently sits third in the championship standings, 55 points behind leader Jack Sprague and 14 points behind second-place Scott Riggs.

Nashville is the only concrete surface on which the NASCAR Busch Series competes that Keller has yet to capture a win. Keller conquered Bristol in 1999 and Dover in 2000, the series other two concrete ovals.

Keller's key improvement from last season has been his qualifying effort. Keller is averaging a seventh-place starting spot in the first 14 races of 2002. Last season, also after 14 races, Keller's average qualifying run was 17th.

Jason Keller Quotes:

He Wants That Guitar! ... Keller always looks forward to competing on concrete tracks, but nothing compares to the thought of winning at Nashville ... and winning the guitar. Keller finished fifth in the April race at Nashville, and hopes to make ppc Racing repeat winners at the track (teammate Scott Riggs won in April).

"We are under the lights and running for that guitar. It doesn't get any better than this," said Keller. "I can't explain how bad I want that Gibson guitar. We had a good run in April at Nashville, but we need to be a little smarter when we go back. Pit strategy is going to be key. The weather and the time of the race should not change the track dramatically or affect the Albertson's Ford, so I'm excited about going back. Concrete is a very consistent surface, so maybe that's why I enjoy racing on it so much.

"We're taking a different car with us this time. This is the car that got caught up in the wreck at Bristol, but it's a good car. Steve (Addington) took it to a Goodyear test at Kentucky and it ran well there. We definitely have a shot at the win if we use our heads. I know we have the equipment and the team to do it."

Tough Run at Dover... Keller and the Albertson's team ran solid for 194 laps last Saturday in the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway. Keller was on his way to a solid top-10 finish until a late incident with Hank Parker Jr. took him out of the race. Coming out of turn three, Parker Jr. lost control of his car and spun out in front of Keller who had nowhere to go. Keller finished 28th, but walked away from the incident unharmed.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Hank Parker Jr. , Jack Sprague , Scott Riggs , Scott Wimmer