BUSCH: Sparta: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Notes: * Keller has led 470 laps during the first 15 races of the NASCAR Busch Series season, 32 percent of his career laps led (1,484 total). * Following Nashville, Keller moved up one spot in the championship standings to...

Jason Keller Notes:

* Keller has led 470 laps during the first 15 races of the NASCAR Busch Series season, 32 percent of his career laps led (1,484 total).

* Following Nashville, Keller moved up one spot in the championship standings to second, 80 points behind leader Jack Sprague.

* ppc Racing teammate Scott Riggs tested Keller's No. 57 Albertson's Ford at Kentucky Speedway a few weeks ago as part of a Goodyear tire test. Keller will be piloting the car Riggs tested, the same car that finished fifth at Nashville this past weekend.

* Keller and his ppc Racing team have not used a provisional since May 27, 2000 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, a string of 67 races.

Jason Keller Quotes:

On The Team's Return To Kentucky... Keller and the Albertson's team finished 14th last year at Kentucky Speedway after running out of fuel before their first pit stop and falling two laps down. However, Keller was able to make up one lap and finish in the top 15. This year, Keller and the Albertson's team don't plan to make the same mistake twice.

"Last year was very disappointing," said Keller. "We were running third when we ran out of fuel and ended up two laps down. I've said all along we've become a smarter team this season so I expect a much different outcome. Scott (Riggs) participated in a Goodyear tire test with my team in Kentucky a few weeks ago. That should provide both ppc Racing teams with invaluable information. Scott said the track is smooth, fast and has a ton of grip since they resurfaced it. That makes it a driver's track and provides great racing for us and the fans."

And Now Jason Keller Reporting From The Pits ... Keller got a fresh view of live television last weekend in Nashville, but as the interviewer not interviewee. Keller worked pit road with Matt Yocum during the All-Pro race at Nashville Superspeedway last Friday for Speed Channel, which will air on June 24 at 8 p.m. on Speed Channel. While Keller was working pit road, Hank Parker Jr. was color commentating in the booth. The duo will once again reprise their television talent roles for Speed Channel next weekend in Kentucky for the All Pro race.

"I have a new respect for the television crew," said Keller. "I felt like my tongue grew during my interviews. When I was done I would throw it to Matt and his report sounded effortless. It was fun interviewing the eventual race winner's dad, who was also his crew chief, with 20 laps to go. It was a new experience to see the excitement from the team's perspective. The worst part was interviewing the pole-sitter, who fell out of the race after leading from the start. That was tough. I've been there and it is difficult to talk about it."

Top Five At Nashville... Keller and the Albertson's team gambled on their final pit stop to gain valuable track position during the Inside Traxx 300 at Nashville last weekend. Crew chief Steve Addington made the call to take just two tires on the final stop and boosted Keller to the front of the field for those precious bonus points. Keller earned his third straight top five at Nashville Superspeedway with his fifth-place finish.

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