Richmond II: Jason Keller race report

KELLER BRINGS HOME 10th TOP 15 OF SEASON NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept., 14, 2009 -- Throughout his storied career, Jason Keller has always been known as one of the most consistent drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Keller had another ...

KELLER BRINGS HOME 10th TOP 15 OF SEASON

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept., 14, 2009 -- Throughout his storied career, Jason Keller has always been known as one of the most consistent drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Keller had another consistent night Friday during the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway where he started the Depend® Products/Family Dollar Ford Fusion from the 16th position, ran in the top 15 for 117 laps and went on to finish 15th.

Keller ran in the top 20 for the first 50 laps of the race before side-by-side battle on lap 53 with Kenny Wallace for the 19th position resulted in Wallace getting loose and making contact with Keller. After he collected the No. 27 Ford Fusion and cleared the debris from his tires, he had fallen to 25th.

The Greenville, S.C. native had battled all the way back to the 18th position when he was put a lap down by Kyle Busch on lap 121. Keller would not stay a lap down for long as he was awarded the "Lucky Dog" when a caution occurred on lap 125. The veteran driver fought his way back into the top 15 on lap 159 and remained there for the rest of the race.

"The Depend® Products/Family Dollar Ford Fusion was real consistent all race long and I was honored to help create awareness about prostate cancer this week on and off the track," Keller said. "The middle part of the race the car was really good but at the end we were really tight. We had a decent finish and it's a step in the right direction as we head into the last eight races of the season."

On the season, Keller has now finished equal to or ahead of his starting spot in all but 10 races. The top-15 finish was the tenth of the season for Baker Curb Racing, doubling their total from a season ago.

Keller, who is seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Point Standings, and the Kleenex® Racing team will enjoy a week off before heading to Dover International Speedway, Saturday, September 26, for the running of the Dover 200 at 3:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN 2.

-credit: bcr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Kenny Wallace , Kyle Busch