Bank of America 500 Pit Note #7
Jason Keller Set To Break All-Time Busch Series Start Record - When Jason Keller qualifies for and starts tonight's Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, he will break the all-time career starts record for the series. Series legend Tommy Houston, who retired in 1996, has 417 career starts.
Keller, who is 37 years old, made his first career start at Lanier Raceway in Georgia in 1991. He has 10 wins, 11 poles, 81 top-five finishes and 126 top-10 finishes in the series; and is the all-time leading money winner with more than $11 million in earnings. "It's a huge honor to do this with what Tommy has done," said Keller. "It's the people who made this sport what it is. I feel good about what we have done here. I hope we can move forward with this record. About a year-and-a-half ago, I didn't think I would ever break his record. Hopefully, we will have a lot more to go. Tommy was always a fierce competitor. When you raced with guys like Tommy, if you had beat him, you had a chance to win."
Houston, who will drive the pace car for tonight's Dollar General 300, left the series at age 51, earned 24 wins, 18 poles, 123 top-five finishes, and 198 top-10 finishes. "I think it will be a highlight of his career," said Houston. "I'm proud it's Jason. He can continue to support the series. To do what he is doing, against the teams he has to race with, is really incredible. He has a lot of time left."
The Bank of America 500 pre-race concert, produced by CMT, was originally supposed to feature Brent Keith performing the title track from the movie "Dale" - the feature film documenting the life of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. The song will now be performed by the writers, Chris Forren and Tommy Lee James.