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Second Fiddle : Around The Busch And Craftsman Truck Series · Beth Lunkenheimer · Thursday April 5, 2007
This weekend, as the Nextel Cup Series takes Easter off, the Busch Series rolls into Nashville for a little Saturday afternoon fun. When the green flag drops for the Pepsi 300, an old friend of the series will find himself back in the saddle, looking for another shot at recapturing past glory in a place where he has always excelled. Jason Keller will make his first of five starts of the 2007 season for Brewco Motorsports; he will also be piloting the No. 27 Ford Fusion at The Milwaukee Mile, O’Reilly Raceway Park, Gateway International Raceway, and Kentucky Speedway in a quest to revitalize his career.
Jason Keller’s long and winding road with motorsports started on kart tracks, and he was dirt track racing by age 16. He made his Busch series debut in 1991 at Lanier Speedway and ran the series full time from 1995 to 2005, finishing in the Top 10 in points in nine of those 11 seasons. He has made 401 starts in the Busch series, amassing ten wins and 157 Top 10 finishes.
This isn’t Keller’s first go around with the Clarence Brewer, Jr. owned team; he made his 400th career Busch start behind the wheel for them at O’Reilly Raceway Park during the 2006 season, finishing 15th. He also raced in the No. 66 Ford Fusion for Greg Biffle at Nashville, Kentucky, and Martinsville Speedway.
Since Keller is only signed on for only a handful of races, the pressure is on for him to run well. The question is, can he do it? In 16 starts at Nashville Motor Speedway, he has five Top 5 finishes (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002-twice) to go along with two DNF’s. His record at O’Reilly Raceway Park is much more impressive: in 13 starts, he has two wins, seven Top 5s, and nine Top 10 finishes.
This will definitely be an uphill battle for Keller and the No. 27 team, but the veteran driver is most definitely up to the task. “I'm excited for the opportunity to work with Brewco again, and with a sponsor like KleenexÂ® and Kimberly-Clark. I'll be driving at tracks where I have a lot of experience, and have had some success, so I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
The 36-year-old driver hasn’t made a Busch Series start in a little over five months, but I wouldn’t count him out just yet. Look for the No. 27 to be more competitive each and every time Keller steps on board.
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