BUSCH: Talladega: Jason Keller preview

Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Busch Series Jason Keller Notes: · Jason Keller captured his 50th career top-five finish in the Busch Series with his fifth-place effort on the concrete of Nashville Superspeedway. Keller earned his first...

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Jason Keller Notes:

· Jason Keller captured his 50th career top-five finish in the Busch Series with his fifth-place effort on the concrete of Nashville Superspeedway. Keller earned his first top five at another concrete track, Dover Downs, on September 17, 1994.

· Keller gained two spots in the championship standings with his solid finish in Nashville. He is currently third, 83 points behind leader Jack Sprague.

· Keller captured his first career top five at a superspeedway in the season opener at Daytona. He is looking for a repeat performance at Talladega this weekend.

· Keller's best finish at Talladega is 11th (1997,1998).

Taming Talladega... Keller had one of the most consistent seasons of his career in 2001. Of 6,456 possible laps, Keller completed all but 51 laps, 16 of which came at Talladega. Talladega is the sight of Keller's only DNF last season and one of the few tracks where he has yet to capture a top-10 finish.

"I have a very good feeling about this race," said Keller. "We finished fourth in the lead draft at Daytona in February. We are taking the same car we ran at Daytona with a few changes. I think the team found a way to get a little more out of the Albertson's Ford. It's very important to this team and the goals we set for ourselves in the off-season to have a good finish at Talladega."

Back In Championship Form... Keller and the Albertson's team led 100 of 225 laps at Nashville to finish fifth on the day. Keller had a strong car but was caught in traffic after their final pit stop. Keller was leading the race when the caution came out and he brought the car down pit road. The Albertson's team changed four tires while many teams gambled with two or no tires.

"The Albertson's Ford ran great all day," said Keller. "I'm not used to going out and leading the most laps and leading so early. We really got our program back on track last weekend. Our pit stops were great and the guys hung in there all day long. I can't fault them for putting on four tires. We were leading the race and didn't need to gamble. Unfortunately, we fell back to 11th and it was difficult to make up that much ground in a short time.

"Last weekend we were able to gain ground in the points race and not take ourselves out of the game early. We have some tough races ahead of us on the schedule, and the good finish at Nashville will help boost our confidence heading to tracks like Talladega and California."

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