BUSCH: Richmond II: Jason Keller preview

Event Information --Event: Emerson Radio 250; Time and Date: 8:00 p.m. EST, September 10, 2004; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 7:30 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 7:45 p.m. EST; Qualifying: September 9, 2004 at 3:30 p.m. EST...

Event Information --Event: Emerson Radio 250; Time and Date: 8:00 p.m. EST,

September 10, 2004; Live Coverage: TNT (television) at 7:30 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 7:45 p.m. EST; Qualifying: September 9, 2004 at 3:30 p.m. EST Live on Speed

Back At It Again...The NBS returns to the Richmond International Raceway this weekend and veteran driver Jason Keller couldn't be happier. You see; Richmond has been on Keller's mind since the start of the 2004 season when he told his crew chief, Wes Ward that this was the one track that he wanted a victory at more than any other. This is Keller's favorite track on the circuit and he would like nothing more than to bring home his 11th career win here this weekend. In 20 starts, the South Carolina native has two poles, one win, six top-5's and eleven top-10's at Richmond.

Can the NBS Veterans Do It Again at Richmond--In the 16 NBS races held this year in conjunction with the NEXTEL Cup races, a NBS regular has won seven times; including the spring race at Richmond. A Cup driver has brought home the checkered flag nine times so far this season. There has been much controversy this year on whether the Cup drivers should be allowed to run in the companion events. But if you ask veteran drivers like Jason Keller; it just brings more competition to the table and greater satisfaction when you bring home a win.

High Life Light Returns--Miller High Life Light returns to the hood of Keller's No. 22 ppc Racing Ford this weekend. The High Life brand appears as a primary sponsor for 19 of the 34 races on the schedule this year. The brand won't return to Keller's car again until the weekend of Oct. 9th for the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway.

The Car--The Miller High Life crew will be bringing car No. 10-18. This is the same car that Keller drove to a 19th place finish this year at IRP and a 13th place finish at Pikes Peak. Keller was in line to contend for the win with this car at IRP while riding in third place when he had a tire go down and was forced to pit under green; causing him to finish one lap down in 19th.

Quotes:

Keller on racing at Richmond--"You know this track isn't similar to any other track that we race at. It is extremely different in turns 1 & 2 than it is in turns 3 & 4. The track is so wide in turns 3 & 4 and then in 1 & 2, you almost have to bring your car to a stop to get through the corners. Your car is never going to run great here all the way around the race track because the turns are so different. So you just have to get it right in one end or the other and then drive it. It's definitely a challenging race track to drive."

Keller on the Cup Regulars in the field--"We just need to focus on our own program and making our deal better. It doesn't really matter to me whether the Cup regulars are in the race or not. It brings a lot of credibility to the win though when you beat guys like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. or Mark Martin. So I don't mind when they run in our races at all."

Crew Chief, Wes Ward on Racing at Richmond--"This is a good track for Jason and we ran well there in the Spring. He got a little sideways there in qualifying last time but we were first on the charts in Happy Hour. So I expect a lot out of this team going back here a second time and I think we'll perform well."

-mhlr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jason Keller , Mark Martin