BUSCH: St. Louis: Jason Keller preview

Keller's Gateway to Success... Jason Keller returns to Gateway International Raceway this weekend with high expectations of posting his first top-five finish of the year. Keller has not finished outside of the top-ten here since 1998; in fact, ...

Keller's Gateway to Success... Jason Keller returns to Gateway International Raceway this weekend with high expectations of posting his first top-five finish of the year. Keller has not finished outside of the top-ten here since 1998; in fact, Keller has more top-five finishes at Gateway than any other driver in the field on Saturday. He started and finished third here last year and finished in the runner-up position in 1998 and 2001. Keller will also be the only driver in the field to have started all seven races at this track. He hopes to come out of the gates strong in the Charter 250 and prove that he can dominate the flat, short tracks he loves to race on.

Mr. Short Track.Jason Keller doesn't want to be known solely as a short track driver. But the fact of the matter is; Keller seems to dominate the flat, concrete short tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule. In 2003, Keller's only win was at the Milwaukee Mile. In 2002, out of the four wins Keller posted that year; three were on short tracks. The South Carolina native looks forward to going to tracks like Gateway, Richmond and Milwaukee where he's had so much success in the past. Although Gateway isn't technically considered a short track; due to the track's 1.25-mile length, the teams will run a short track car. Keller is eager to see how well his team's short track program will perform on the race track. Keller would love nothing more than to bring his Miller High Life Ford to victory lane in one of his sponsor's most influential markets.

Most Memorable Finish.In 2001, it looked as though Jason Keller was on his way to his second victory of the year at Gateway International Raceway. Keller and Kevin Harvick battled nose to nose for a majority of the 200-lap race. After exchanging positions with one another several times in the closing laps, Harvick would eventually inch past Keller with two laps to go and take the win. It was Keller's most memorable finish at Gateway but also his hardest. Coming out of turn four with two laps to go, Keller drove the car into turn four too hard and spun the tires. That was the opening Harvick needed to slide under Keller's car to take the win. This year, Keller hopes to see a repeat of that race; but this time, he'll make sure he's the one taking the checkered flag.

57-15. The Miller High Life crew will be bringing car #57-15 to the track this weekend. This was the same car Keller drove to a victory last year at Milwaukee and to a second place finish at Pike's Peak. Keller's crew chief, Wes Ward refers to this car as Keller's "meat and potatoes" car; he seems to perform well every time he sits in the seat of this car.

Quotes:

Keller on racing at Gateway."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 "One Day Show"."I love that Gateway is a one day show. Everyone keeps talking about it making for a hectic day, but we can rest when we get home. I'm looking forward to going there. Gateway will be the first true test of the short track package. Even though this track is over a mile; it is really the first flat, short track that we've raced at all year. We haven't quite got a handle on the superspeedway package yet this year, so I'm looking forward to trying out our short track program for the first time."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick