HOMETOWN TEAM'S HIGH HOPES END ON SOUR NOTE Keller Caught Up in Wreck Running in Top 10, Finishes 26th NASHVILLE, Tenn., June, 8, 2009 --Driving for the local team, Baker Curb Racing, carrying the flag of local sponsors, State Water Heaters...
HOMETOWN TEAM'S HIGH HOPES END ON SOUR NOTE
Keller Caught Up in Wreck Running in Top 10, Finishes 26th
NASHVILLE, Tenn., June, 8, 2009 --Driving for the local team, Baker Curb Racing, carrying the flag of local sponsors, State Water Heaters and the Nashville Predators, Jason Keller had the No. 27 Ford Fusion in hot pursuit of the Sam Bass Gibson guitar on Saturday in the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway before being caught up in an accident on lap 126. Keller and the No. 27 team ended up spending 50 laps in the garage in an effort to repair the damaged car and finished the race 26th.
"It was great to see all the support we received this week being the local team with local sponsors on board and I'm very disappointed for everyone involved that we weren't able to come up with the finish that we were capable of," said Keller. "That was probably the best car we have had all year and after dodging one bullet we had the State Water Heaters Ford Fusion back in a position to have a strong finish for the home team. Any time you get caught up in a wreck it's very disappointing but when you have a car that was as strong as ours was today it makes it that much more disappointing."
Keller started the race from the 11th position and by lap 43 had maneuvered his way up to 7th. On lap 70 the right front tire went flat on the State Water Heaters Ford Fusion forcing Keller to pit. By lap 100 all the leaders had made their scheduled pit stops and Keller found himself back in the top 10.
On lap 126 Keller was caught up in an incident with rookies Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sean Caisse, Cale Gale and Trevor Bayne and forced to the garage for repairs. The crew worked feverishly and had the No. 27 Ford Fusion back on the track by lap 170 helping Keller pick up five positions and valuable NASCAR Nationwide Series points.
Keller, who fell to 7th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, will look to turn things back in the right direction as the series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the running of the Meijer 300 presented by Ritz Saturday.