Superspeedway Success: Jason Keller said that when this season started he could only wish he would have two top-five finishes, including a win, at the two restrictor-place races leading up to the inaugural Daytona night race. But Keller and the...
Jason Keller said that when this season started he could only wish he would have two top-five finishes, including a win, at the two restrictor-place races leading up to the inaugural Daytona night race. But Keller and the Albertsons team have stepped up their superspeedway program this year and have seen success like never before. Keller earned his first career top-five finish on a restrictor plate track this season, his ninth year on the circuit. With a fourth at Daytona and a win at Talladega, he wants his third top-five superspeedway finish Friday night in Daytona.
"I hoped at the beginning of the season that we would have a better program at Daytona and Talladega, I just didn't know if it was realistic," said Keller. "Our success has been a combination of several things. There is no denying our new engine program is large part of that success. But our aero program is much better this year and we've had a little luck on our side. We avoided the big wreck in Talladega because my car was good enough to move up from 13th to second almost immediately.
"I'm really looking forward to racing under lights this week. The track was really slick in February, so I am actually anticipating that the track will have more grip under the lights. We are taking the same car, so the biggest thing we need to be concerned with is figuring out the tendencies of the track as the night goes on. We know what the track does in February, but we're not sure what will happen under the lights in July."
Jason Keller Notes:
* Keller's fourth-place effort at Daytona International Speedway in February was his first career top-five finish at a restrictor plate race. Keller was the top finishing Busch Series regular after battling in the final laps with Winston Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip and Matt Kenseth.
* Keller moved up one spot in the championship standings with his second-place effort at The Milwaukee Mile last Sunday. Keller now sits third, just 75 points behind leader Jack Sprague.
* This weekend the Albertsons team looks to improve on their 15th-place qualifying effort at Daytona in February. The Albertsons Ford boasts an average starting position of 6.7 through the halfway point of the 2002 season.
* Keller leads all Busch Series drivers this season in wins (four) and top-five finishes (10).