BUSCH: Darlington: Jason Keller preview

Jason Keller Darlington Raceway Jason Keller Notes: · Jason Keller will be driving the Albertson's Ford that captured the team's first 2002 victory at Rockingham. Keller won that race by a six-second margin. · Keller currently...

Jason Keller
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Jason Keller Notes:

· Jason Keller will be driving the Albertson's Ford that captured the team's first 2002 victory at Rockingham. Keller won that race by a six-second margin.

· Keller currently sits third in the championship standings, nine points behind the leader just three races into the season.

· Keller, a Greenville, S.C., native, is looking for his first victory at Darlington Raceway in 17 starts. · Keller has three straight top-10 finishes at Darlington. He best finish was third in March of last year rallying from a 34th-place qualifying effort.

Jason Keller Quotes:

About the car... The No. 57 Albertson's Ford Keller will be driving this weekend has only been on the track a few times, but its success speaks for itself. Keller drove this car last year in St. Louis where he finished second, at a test session at Darlington earlier this year and to victory lane in the second race of the 2002 season at Rockingham.

"It's hard to believe we only drove this particular car once last year," said Keller. "It was basically always on the transporter because it was our main back-up car. After we tested it at Darlington in February, I knew this was a good car. We usually don't have great test sessions, but Darlington was by far the best test I've ever had."

Longing for the win... Keller has 17 starts at Darlington, but has yet to make a visit to victory lane at the South Carolina track.

"I'm am pumped up for Darlington," said Keller. "I actually need to control my enthusiasm. If it wasn't for a bad pit stop last fall, I think we could of won that race. Between that and the fact that I'm extremely comfortable after winning Rockingham in this car, it gives me plenty of confidence heading into this weekend.

"To win at Darlington would mean as much to me as winning Daytona. Since Steve (crew chief Steve Addington) and I grew up in South Carolina, we watched natives like David Pearson and Cale Yarborough consistently win at Darlington. It would mean so much to me, Steve and our family and friends to make the trip to victory lane and show a little South Carolina pride."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Cale Yarborough , David Pearson