BUSCH: Nashville: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller is just $21,000 away from NASCAR Busch Series milestone Shortly after becoming only the fifth driver in NASCAR Busch Series history to start 300 races, Jason Keller is just $20,469 away from becoming the first NASCAR Busch Series ...

Jason Keller is just $21,000 away from NASCAR Busch Series milestone

Shortly after becoming only the fifth driver in NASCAR Busch Series history to start 300 races, Jason Keller is just $20,469 away from becoming the first NASCAR Busch Series driver to earn $7 million in career earnings. Keller has nine wins, 10 poles, 67 top-five and 128 top-10 finishes that have helped him reach the career mark.

"Anytime you reach a career milestone it's a great feeling," said Keller. "Being the first person to reach $7 million says a lot about the people and the teams that I have aligned myself with. You could be the best driver in the world, but unless you are with a great team you are not going to be successful."

Keller will be the first to admit that you can make a great living in the Busch Series, but he didn't always feel that way. Keller began competing in the Busch Series in 1991 with his family-owned race team Kel Racing. He ran his first Busch race at Lanier Speedway where he finished 29th and brought home a whopping $525. Now he is the top money winner in the series.

"When I think back to my first Busch race, it's hard to believe that I am now the top money winner" said Keller. "I remember finding out how much I won that first race, then walking over to pay my $2,000 tire bill. I just about cried handing over the check."

Nashville Superspeedway... Keller and the Albertsons team are looking to Nashville to get the team back into top form. Typically, the Albertsons team had been one of the strongest teams early on in the season.

"It discouraging for us to have such a slow start to the season," said Keller. "We need to remember that last year we were strong at the start, (Greg) Biffle ran the best mid-season and (Scott) Wimmer finished strong. One good race could turn this season around quickly. Last week we finished 11th at Dover after starting from the back of the field. I saw so many encouraging things within the team that we have had trouble with this season. I tried to communicate better with Steve (Addington) about the car, the guys performed great stops and we consistently made changes to the car that really helped."

Keller was on his way to a top-five finish at Nashville earlier this season when a blown tire took the team out of the race with less than five laps to go. Keller has three top-five finishes in four races at Nashville.

"We have seen success at Nashville and it might just be the confidence boost we need to get us back on track. We discussed some things from Dover that we should have done, but now we get to take that knowledge with us to another concrete track in Nashville. I really like Nashville and I expect to run well there this weekend. I believe in this race team and the things we can accomplish together."

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