BUSCH: Texas: Jason Keller preview

Pole Position -- Jason Keller posted the 10th pole of his career last year at the Texas Motor Speedway. But a late accident in the race caused Keller to run onto the apron, causing damage to his car. Then a miscalculation with fuel mileage,...

Pole Position -- Jason Keller posted the 10th pole of his career last year at the Texas Motor Speedway. But a late accident in the race caused Keller to run onto the apron, causing damage to his car. Then a miscalculation with fuel mileage, caused Keller to run out of gas late in the race, leaving him with an 18th place finish.

Testing in the Music City... Keller and his Miller High Life crew left the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway to the hills of Opryland. The two day test proved to be a wash out the first day due to rain, causing the teams to use most of the day on Tuesday to gain as much information as possible. The rain hampered the teams' ability to learn how well the car would perform on long runs. Crew Chief, Wes Ward felt that the team gained a better understanding of how the new tires will affect the handling of the cars and gave the team valuable information to apply to their run at Nashville Superspeedway next week.

Miller High Life Crew Back in Full Force-- After a mishap on pit road in Darlington caused three crewmen to sustain injuries, the No. 22 Miller High Life crew will be back in full force this weekend for the O'Reilly 300. Front Tire Carrier, Scott Kircher was diagnosed with a hematoma on his right leg after losing his footing on pit road. Rear Tire Changer, Ricky Turner was also injured when the jack handle struck him in the ribs, causing significant bruising to three of his ribs. John Fuller, rear tire carrier, was also struck by the jack handle and will have stiches removed from his left ankle this weekend at the infield care center. The crew had a productive practice with their pit coach, Phil Horton yesterday, and is looking to perform well for Keller this weekend in Texas.

Quotes:

Keller on Chances of Getting his 11th Career Pole-- "I really feel like we're right around the corner from doing great things with this race team. I wouldn't be surprised if Texas is the track that this team really starts to come together and we get our first pole of the month."

Keller on his Test at Nashville-- "Our test was short because of the rain. Hopefully we learned some things that we can take back with us. Because of the rain, we couldn't make any long runs to make this test really successful. This team is learning every time we hit the track, so I think we're making progress."

Keller on his Performance at Bristol -- "Anytime you go to a place like Bristol where we've performed well in the past, you expect to run good. We're on the verge of doing great things with this race team; we just didn't run as well as we should have. But right now, top-tens are good for this team and that is where we need to continue to run."

Keller on Racing at Texas-- I don't really like this track. For some reason, I've just never really run well here in the past. I've qualified well here but I just can't seem to run well. My stats here aren't the best of the 34 race tracks we race at."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller