"CRAZY" DAY ENDS IN DISAPPOINTMENT FOR KELLER LOSES 10 SPOTS IN FINAL TWO LAPS AFTER BEING CAUGHT UP IN ACCIDENT NASHVILLE, Tenn., August, 31, 2009 -- Throughout his nineteen year career on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Jason Keller has been a...
"CRAZY" DAY ENDS IN DISAPPOINTMENT FOR KELLER
LOSES 10 SPOTS IN FINAL TWO LAPS AFTER BEING CAUGHT UP IN ACCIDENT
NASHVILLE, Tenn., August, 31, 2009 -- Throughout his nineteen year career on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Jason Keller has been a part of his share of fantastic finishes, dazzling defeats and strange races. When asked how to describe Sunday's Napa Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Keller used one word, "Crazy!"
"Once it started raining and then you add in the double-file restarts, it was pretty much just crazy out there," Keller said. "Towards the end, it was just a race of survival and I thought we had positioned ourselves well. We had a good car but we didn't get the finish we were capable of, and I'm very disappointed."
Keller started from the 21st position and had worked his way up to fourth when the race's fourth caution occurred on lap 24. Keller brought the No. 27 Scott® Towels Ford Fusion down pit road for four tires and fuel and restarted the race from the 25th position.
The Greenville, S.C., native was running in the 23rd position when the race was red-flagged for rain with 11 laps remaining. The Kleenex® Racing team was given five minutes to put rain tires on and make adjustments to the car before the race resumed.
Keller maneuvered his way back up to the 13th position when the race's final caution occurred on lap 72, setting up a green-white-checker finish. When the race resumed, Keller got caught up in an accident with several cars and was forced to limp around the track with damage for the final lap. He ended up finishing the race 23rd.
"At the end things got bottled up in front of me and the bottom got jammed up," said Keller. "I had to check-up and thought I was where I needed to be but it was a chain reaction thing and the cars from behind me just pushed me into the wreck."
Keller, who is seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Point Standings, and the Kleenex® Racing team head to Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday.