BUSCH: Homestead: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Homestead-Miami Notes: Jason Keller earned $35,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of Albertsons and Yoplait Yogurt with his fourth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend.J Keller has...

Jason Keller Homestead-Miami Notes:
Jason Keller earned $35,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of Albertsons and Yoplait Yogurt with his fourth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend.J

Keller has two top-five finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway.`He finished third in the inaugural race in 1995 and fourth in 2000.

Jason Keller Quotes:
The Season In Review... Keller and the Albertsons team have put together their best season in the NASCAR Busch Series, securing a second-place finish in the standings.`Although Keller finished second in 2000, he considers this season to be his only season as a serious contender for the championship.

"People will argue that I've been in the championship battle before," said Keller.`"Last year I never led the standings so I didn't feel like I was in the thick of the battle.`In 2000, I was 500 points behind when we hit the midway point.`This year is really the first year I've been a contender.`I'm disappointed that we didn't win the championship, but I will be even more disappointed if we don't learn from it.`I don't think anyone can prepare you for the mental challenge of the championship battle.`When we look back at the last 10 to 15 races I'm sure we will see things that we could have done different, but I'm proud of how we handled ourselves all year.`I think we did a good job points racing and more importantly we raced hard and we raced clean.

"I want to go to Homestead and finish with a win to end the season on a good note.`There is no real pressure on us anymore as far as the championship, but we still put pressure on ourselves to win every week.JLast year we had a disappointing finish in the last race and it left a bad taste in our mouth.`We finished well last week at Phoenix and hope to carry that momentum with us to Homestead and into next season."

Career Bests In A Season...
Keller captured four wins this season with one each at Rockingham, Talladega, Richmond and Nazareth.`Keller's highest win total in a single season prior to 2002 was two.

The 17 top fives Keller earned this season is three more than his previous best in 2001.

2002 was Keller's first time leading the NASCAR Busch Series standings in his career.`Keller held the points lead on five different occasions this season.

Keller has led 732 laps this season in the Albertsons Ford.

Keller dramatically improved his qualifying this season, upping his average starting spot to seventh.

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