NASCAR Preseason Thunder Day 12: Sponsor Woes Have Keller's Status In Limbo

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2008) – Jason Keller is testing with CJM Racing this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the season- opening Camping World 300 presented by Chevy NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Keller just hopes he’ll be racing at Daytona International Speedway with CJM come February.
Sponsor uncertainties have left Keller’s plans with CJM Racing for the 2008 season in limbo.
“Coming down to test there is a little bit of an uncertainty,” Keller said. “CJM, we’ve been looking for a sponsor since the inception last April. We had plans to run the first part of the season but when you’re looking for sponsors, sometimes sponsors come with drivers. I don’t know if that’s going to work in my favor. Some things have popped up of late that could slow my progress down in the Nationwide series. We’ll see how that plays out.”
Keller, who made 21 Nationwide Series starts in 2007 with Brewco Motorsports and the start-up CJM Racing, is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He owns the record for most career starts at 422, is first in series’ earning at more than $11 million and has 10 career victories and 11 poles.
Keller says having his 2008 season in doubt is frustrating. 
“I wish I knew to the answer to that,” Keller says of his 2008 plans. “It was 10 races but I really don’t know. There are some things that could take me out of those 10 but there are some things that could keep leave me in those 10. I’m really uncertain. I wanted to come down here and test because I want to do everything I can do to prepare for those 10 if there are 10.”
Fastest of the day: The second wave of NASCAR Nationwide Series teams arrived at DIS on Sunday to kick off their first day of three days of testing while the first wave of Nationwide Series teams wrapped up their third and final day of testing.
Tim McCreadie was the fastest in the morning session on Sunday with a speed of 180.032 mph. Rounding out the top five were David Green (179.651), Kevin Harvick (179.301), Mike McLaughlin (179.254) and Bryan Clauson (179.172).
In the afternoon session, Brad Coleman was fastest in drafting practice with a speed of 184.042 mph in the Baker Curb Racing

Ford.
NASCAR Nationwide testing continues on Monday.
Dale Jr. visits again: On Sunday, 2004 Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his third visit to Daytona International Speedway during the month of January.
Earnhardt Jr., who made a surprise visit during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test to check up on his new Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears and was the fastest in single-car runs during the second wave of Sprint Cup Series testing, participated in draft testing on Sunday afternoon.
David Green has been testing the No.5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend but Earnhardt Jr., who is a three-time winner of the Camping World 300 presented by Chevy, will race the car during the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
Married life: Johnny Sauter, who drives the No. 1 Chevrolet for James Finch, got married in the off-season and says being a newlywed is suiting him just fine.
“So far, so good,” Sauter said. “I’ve never had so much food in my fridge at home.”
Tickets: Race tickets for all DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 events at Daytona International Speedway are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Speeds:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Morning speeds from NASCAR Nationwide Series testing in preparation for the Camping World 300 presented by Chevy:
1. 21A, Tim McCreadie, Chevrolet, 49.991, 180.032
2. 5A, David Green, Chevrolet, 50.097, 179.651
3. 33A, Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 50.195, 179.301
4. 20A, Mike McLaughlin, Toyota, 50.208, 179.254
5. 41B, Bryan Clauson, Dodge, 50.231, 179.172
6. 5B, David Green, Chevrolet, 50.259, 179.072
7. 88B, Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 50.272, 179.026
8. 88A, Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 50.272, 179.026

style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">9. 2B, Brandon Miller, Chevrolet, 50.355, 178.731
10. 1A, Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 50.408, 178.543
11. 66R, Steve Wallace, Chevrolet, 50.458, 178.366
12. 29B, Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 50.511, 178.179
13. 29A, Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 50.537, 178.087
14. 77B, Cale Gale, Cherolet,v 50.543, 178.066
15. 9A, Chase Miller, Dodge, 50.548, 178.049
16. 18B, Jeremy Clements, Toyota, 50.587, 177.911
17. 27B, Brad Coleman, Ford, 50.654, 177.676
18. 20B, Mike McLaughlin, Toyota, 50.722, 177.438
19. 16A, Erik Darnell, Ford, 50.780, 177.235
20. 66W, Steve Wallace, Chevrolet, 50.792, 177.193
21. 38A, Jason Leffler, Toyota, 50.809, 177.134
22. 37A, Kenny Wallace, Ford 50.844, 177.012
23. 7A, Mike Wallace, Toyota, 50.881, 176.883
24. 24A, Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 50.917, 176.758
25. 6A, David Ragan, Ford, 50.941, 176.675
26. 17B, Erik Darnell, Ford, 50.955, 176.626
27. 47A, Kelly Bires, Ford, 51.044, 176.318
28. 37B, Kenny Wallace, Ford, 51.047, 176.308
29. 32B, Tony Raines, Toyota, 51.079, 176.198
30. 17A, Erik Darnell, Ford, 51.088, 176.167
31. 99A, David Reutimann, Toyota, 51.128, 176.029
32. 1B, Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 51.128, 176.029
33. 64J, David Stremme, Chevrolet, 51.132, 176.015
34. 32A, Tony Raines, Toyota, 51.172, 175.877
35. 64B, David Stremme, Chevrolet, 51.186, 175.829
36. 59A, Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 51.250, 175.610
37. 70A, Mark Green, Chevrolet, 51.262, 175.569
38. 00A, Michael McDowell, Toyota, 51.301, 175.435
39. 6B, David Ragan, Ford, 51.323, 175.360
40. 38B, Jason Leffler, Toyota, 51.392, 175.125

style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">41. 11A, Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 51.461, 174.890
42. 16B, Erik Darnell, Ford, 51.528, 174.662
43. 05A, Justin Ashburn, Chevrolet, 52.175, 172.496
44. 05B, Justin Ashburn, Chevrolet, 52.596, 171.116
45. 72A, D.J. Kennington, Chevrolet, 52.729, 170.684
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Afternoon speeds from NASCAR Nationwide Series testing in preparation for the Camping World 300 presented by Chevy:
1. 27B, Brad Coleman, Ford, 48.902, 184.042
2. 88B, Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 48.957, 183.835
3. 1A, Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 49.060, 183.449
4. 5A, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 49.173, 183.027
5. 47A, Kelly Bires, Ford, 49.192, 182.957
6. 24A, Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 49.250, 182.741
7. 38A, Jason Leffler, Toyota, 49.253, 182.730
8. 41A, Bryan Clauson, Dodge, 49.253, 182.730
9. 99A, David Reutimann, Toyota, 49.277, 182.641
10. 9A, Chase Miller, Dodge, 49.277, 182.641
11. 60B, Carl Edwards, Ford, 49.289, 182.597
12. 7A, Mike Wallace, Toyota, 49.307, 182.530
13. 20A, Mike McLaughlin, Toyota, 49.312, 182.511
14. 88A, Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 49.321, 182.478
15. 6A, David Ragan, Ford, 49.330, 182.445
16. 33A, Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 49.357, 182.345
17. 59A, Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 49.368, 182.304
18. 77A, Cale Gale, Chevrolet, 49.384, 182.245
19. 17B, Erik Darnell, Ford, 49.446, 182.017
20. 37A, Kenny Wallace, Ford, 49.451, 181.998
21. 6B, David Ragan, Ford, 49.479, 181.895
22. 66R, Steve Wallace, Chevrolet, 49.502, 181.811
23. 32B, Tony Raines, Toyota, 49.566, 181.576
24. 29B, Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 49.619,

181.382
25. 1B, Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 49.668, 181.203
26. 70A, Mark Green, Chevrolet, 49.672, 181.189
27. 32A, Tony Raines, Toyota, 49.714, 181.036
28. 20B, Mike McLaughlin, Toyota, 49.723, 181.003
29. 38B, Jason Leffler, Toyota, 49.742, 180.934
30. 16A, Erik Darnell, Ford, 49.961, 180.141
31. 64J, David Stremme, Chevrolet, 50.192, 179.311
32. 64B, David Stremme, Chevrolet, 50.455, 178.377
33. 29A, Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 50.532, 178.105
34. 66W, Steve Wallace, Chevrolet, 50.554, 178.027
35. 9B, Chase Miller, Dodge, 50.760, 177.305
36. 18B, Jeremy Clements, Toyota, 50.769, 177.274
37. 70B, Mark Green, Chevrolet, 50.865, 176.939
38. 11B, Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 51.046, 176.312
39. 00A, Michael McDowell, Toyota, 51.327, 175.346
40. 72A, D.J. Kennington, Chevrolet, 51.514, 174.710
41. 11A, Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 51.658, 174.223
42. 05B, Brett Rowe, Chevrolet, 52.146, 172.592
43. 52A, Donnie Neuenberger, Ford, 52.198, 172.420
44. 05A, Justin Ashburn, Chevrolet, 52.431, 171.654
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