Jason Keller ready to go shopping for a win in the Inaugural Busch Series race at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 22, 2002) -- Jason Keller entered the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season looking to capture his first championship. After 12 races,...
Jason Keller ready to go shopping for a win in the Inaugural Busch Series race at Daytona.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 22, 2002) -- Jason Keller entered the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season looking to capture his first championship. After 12 races, Keller is well on his way.
With his four victories, eight top-five finishes and eight top-10 runs, Keller, who wheels the No. 57 Albertson's Ford for ppc Racing, leads the championship standings by 31 points over Jack Sprague.
The Greenville, S.C., native would like to continue his winning ways in the inaugural STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.
The STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 will be the first time the NASCAR Busch Series has made a second stop at Daytona International Speedway and it'll be the first time the Busch Series has raced under the lights at a 2.5-mile tri-oval like the "World Center of Racing."
"That's going to be neat," said Keller about night racing at Daytona in the summer. "Short tracks under the lights is where we all started out and now (we) get to go to a place like Daytona that's so big. I'm looking forward to racing under the lights. It's going to be better for the fans. The cars look faster at night under the lights. It's going to be cool."
Keller, who owns nine career Busch Series victories, is still winless at Daytona, but that could change in the STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250. He recently won his first restrictor-plate race in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In fact, his victory at Talladega was also the first time he finished in the top five in a restrictor-plate race.
"I enjoy the feel of Daytona," said Keller, who won last weekend's STACKER 2 200 Busch Series race at Nazareth Speedway.
Keller has stepped out of the shadows this year at ppc Racing. For the past three seasons, Keller played second fiddle to teammate Jeff Green, who captured a championship in 2000 along with 13 wins at ppc Racing.
Green left the team at the end of last year and was replaced by rookie Scott Riggs. At the beginning of this season, Keller quickly took over the spotlight as a serious championship contender.
"A lot of people were looking at me as second to Jeff, but that was OK and that didn't bother me," Keller said. "I had a long talk with (owner) Greg Pollex over the winter when we talked about bringing a rookie driver in, and I was asked to step up, and I feel like I've done that; I feel like our race team has done that. It's with the help of the 10 team that we've done that. We still go back and forth and exchange information, but I think that's a true assessment that I have stepped out of the shadows, so to speak."
Tickets for the inaugural STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 and the 44th annual Pepsi 400 are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office (386) 253-7223.