Keller Nationwide Effort Showing Promise
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Nashville – It hasn’t won yet, but it’s getting closer.
Nashville-based Baker Curb Racing, with veteran Jason Keller at the wheel, has put together back-to-back top-10 finishes to climb to 7th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ratings – the highest in the team’s history at this juncture of the season.
“We’re showing progress and we’re gradually getting to where we expect this team to be – a contender every week,” said Gary Baker, who co-owns the team with Mike Curb.
“I won’t be satisfied until we win,” said Keller, who was 9th last Friday at Richmond after posting a solid 7th the week before at Talladega. “I knew this team had great potential when I joined it, and I’m thrilled with the progress we’re making.”
The No. 7 ranking is the highest for the No. 27 Ford at this point in the season in the 11-year history of the team that began as Brewco Motorsports.
Red-hot Kyle Busch leads the standings, followed by fellow Sprint Cup star Carl Edwards. The two are considered co-favorites for the Nationwide title, but Keller remains confident that “with the right breaks” his team can close the ground.
On Friday night the series competes in Keller’s home state of South Carolina, at historical Darlington Raceway.
“Going there is always special,” said Keller, a native and resident of Greenville, S.C., who continues to add to his record number of starts in NASCAR’s second-tier series.
Another special race for the team is the June 6 return visit to Nashville Superspeedway for the Federated Auto Parts 300. The 7 p.m. race will be televised on ESPN2.