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Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Hampered at Corona Mexico 200 in NASCAR Nationwide Series

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The Corona Mexico 200 was held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS at the Autodromo Hermanso Rodriguez in Mexico City, photo by David Vaughn
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS at the Autodromo Hermanso Rodriguez in Mexico City, photo by David Vaughn
It was the first road course race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Jason Keller in the No. 11 America’s Incredible Pizza Company Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS with K&N Engineering air filters.”
CJM Racing in the Corona Mexico 200, photo by David Vaughn
CJM Racing in the Corona Mexico 200, photo by David Vaughn

Jason Keller in NASCAR Nationwide Series at Mexico City, photo by David Vaughn
Jason Keller in NASCAR Nationwide Series at Mexico City, photo by David Vaughn

“The CJM Racing team had impressive results throughout the three day event until the on-track aggression consumed Keller and the No. 11 machine,” said Shayna Keller, Media Relations Manager. “The end result was a 17th place finish and a race car beat up from an 80-lap battle.”

There were a lot of challenges to begin with for the 43 cars that entered the Mexico City race. “The atmosphere is different and the elevation brings challenge both to the crew and the cars,” said Keller. “The road course makes our technique and strategy very different from an average oval race track.”

On Friday afternoon the team and driver became familiar with the 2.9 mile facility and posted the 11th quickest time in the final practice. The momentum continued to improve as qualifying began on Saturday morning. The No. 11 Chevrolet turned a fast lap that put Keller solidly in the field and in the 9th position for Sunday’s Corona Mexico 200.

At the start of the race the No. 11 held strong in the top 10 during the beginning laps. Keller then took the lead for the first time this season on lap 20. A change in pit strategy after a red flag on lap 40 brought Keller down pit road.

With new tires in place and plenty of fuel the team settled in for the remaining laps. “The aggression on the track become more apparent as the laps wore on,” said Keller. Tempers flared and drivers were forced off track and over curbs with 20 laps remaining.”

The charge to the front was cut short when the No. 11 was bumped from behind by the No. 6 car. The spin on the course caused the tires on the No. 11 to flat spot.

On lap 62 the hope of a top 10 finish slowly disappeared as Keller reported to the crew that the toe of the car was knocked out. The race car became difficult to maneuver and Keller did his best to keep out of trouble and give the America’s Incredible Pizza Company a solid finish. The team crossed the finish line in 17th position.

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