Event Information -- Event: Pepsi 300; Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. EST, April 10, 2004; Live Coverage: FX (television) at 4:00 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 3:45 p.m. EST; Qualifying: April 9, 2004 at 3:35 p.m. EST Mr. Consistency...
Event Information -- Event: Pepsi 300; Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. EST, April 10, 2004; Live Coverage: FX (television) at 4:00 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 3:45 p.m. EST; Qualifying: April 9, 2004 at 3:35 p.m. EST
Mr. Consistency -- So far the 2004 season has proven to be one of consistency for Jason Keller and his No. 22 Miller High Life Ford Racing team. Out of the six starts Keller has made this year, they have posted six consecutive top-15 finishes and sits sixth in the driver's point standings. His average finish six races into the 34 race schedule is 10.33. The season brought many changes to this ppc Racing organization, including a number of team members, a new crew chief and a new sponsor. Keller would like to add some top-five finishes to his record this year, but knows that the learning curve for a new team can be a difficult one to conquer.
A Gibson Guitar Anyone? ... How bad does Keller want that coveted Gibson guitar trophy? When he started the 2004 season with his new crew chief, Wes Ward, Ward asked Keller what the one race was that he had always wanted to win but never had. Keller's reply, "Nashville." Although Keller isn't musically inclined, he has always wanted to bring home the Nashville trophy to add to his display case. Keller is also looking for that first win of the year this weekend in the Pepsi 300. The South Carolina native has started all five races at the Nashville SuperSpeedway. He's started second there twice and has three top-five finishes there. The Miller High Life crew is looking forward to bringing Keller to Nashville, especially since they had a successful test there.
Sponsorship News-- This will be the second of 13 races that Miller High Life will appear as an associate sponsor on the side of Keller's No. 22 Ford. The company will appear as a primary for 19 of the 34 races on the schedule. High Life returned to racing to help salute their 100 year anniversary, bringing their rich history and tradition back into the sport of NASCAR. Keller's No. 22 Miller High Life Ford recognizes the brand's history with the No. 22 made famous by Bobby Allison in 1983, when Allison drove his High Life car to the 1983 Winston Cup Championship.
Keller on his performance at Texas-- "Unfortunately, we just never really found the balance we were hoping for. We managed to have a decent finish but we wanted to run a lot better than we did. Wes took a 30th- place race car, made some great calls in the pits and we came back to post a decent finish. It could've been a lot worse."
Keller on his Test at Nashville-- "Our test was short because of the rain. Hopefully we learned some things that we can take back with us. Due to the weather, we couldn't make any long runs to make this test really successful. This team is learning every time we hit the track, so I think we're making progress."
Keller on his upcoming week off -- "We are going to celebrate my son Joe's birthday this weekend. He is going to have a birthday party at the house with all of his classmates. Joe and I were born on the same day, April 23rd, so he will be turning 8 and I'll be 34. I couldn't think of a better way to spend my weekend off than with my kids and my wife."
Keller on the 2004 season so far--"We are on the verge of really good things with this race team. It is a huge learning curve anytime you add this many new elements to a team. To still perform as well as we have, is a testament to how good this team really is. We are capable of performing in the top-five each week, but sometimes I have to take a look back and remind myself how new this team really is. I think what is most discouraging for me is that this is the best group of guys I have ever worked with and I know we are capable of doing so much more with this race team."