BUSCH: Talladega: Jason Keller preview

Event Information -- Event: Aaron's 312; Time and Date: 2:00 p.m. EST, April 24, 2004; Live Coverage: FOX (television) at 2:00 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 1:30 p.m. EST; Qualifying: April 22, 2004 at 3:10 p.m. EST on Speed A...

Event Information -- Event: Aaron's 312; Time and Date: 2:00 p.m. EST, April 24, 2004; Live Coverage: FOX (television) at 2:00 p.m. EST and MRN and XM Satellite (radio) at 1:30 p.m. EST; Qualifying: April 22, 2004 at 3:10 p.m. EST on Speed

A Restrictor Plate of Cake Awaits Keller on his 34th!... Jason Keller will be celebrating his 34th birthday on Friday, April 23rd at the Talladega SuperSpeedway. He's hoping a little birthday luck will bring him a front row starting position when he qualifies Friday at 3:10 p.m. His best qualifying effort to date at this track was two 10th place starting spots in 1999 and 2000. Keller celebrated his birthday on his weekend off with his son, Joe, who was born on the same day as Daddy. Joe will be eight on Friday and he's hoping his dad can bring home the best birthday present of all; a trip to Victory Lane at Talladega.

2002 Defending Champions-- The 2002 season proved to be a powerful one for Keller, as he posted a career best four wins. One of those coming at Talladega; a track he had never finished better than 11th at since his first career start there in 1993. Keller has never been a big fan of the superspeedway tracks, he considers himself more of a short track/concrete type of guy. But in 2002, he proved all of those inhibitions wrong when he led the last 49 laps of the Aaron's 312 to go on to take the checkered flag and post his 7th career victory. As Keller and his team head to Alabama this weekend, they have high hopes of bringing their new #22 Ford back to victory lane.

Sponsorship News-- This will be the third 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 brands' 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.

Quotes:

Keller on his performance at Nashville--"We haven't been able to get the finishes we're looking for yet this year. But we had some good things happen in Nashville; we qualified better and ran consistently all day. Hopefully we can build on that and keep our momentum going and get this team to victory lane."

Keller on waiting for the "Big One" at Talladega--"I'm not a huge supporter of superspeedway racing. The big wreck is going to happen; it's just a matter of when. With a lot of rookies in the field that have never raced here before, it's going to make it even more of a challenge to stay out of the wrecks. You just have to hope that when it does happen, that you're in the right place at the right time."

Keller on restrictor plate racing--"I'm not a huge fan of the restrictor plate races. I don't know anyone who wants to go out there and run white knuckled for 300 miles, wondering when the big wreck is going to happen. But Wes built a new car for this race and with all of the research and development we've put into this car, along with Ford, we're hoping all of that hard work will result in speed on the race track."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Bobby Allison