BUSCH: Loudon: Jason Keller preview

Albertson's/Jason Keller New Hampshire International Speedway NASCAR Busch Series Jason Keller Notes: * Jason Keller captured his third win of the 2002 season and eighth overall last weekend at Richmond International Raceway. * Keller and...

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Jason Keller Notes:

* Jason Keller captured his third win of the 2002 season and eighth overall last weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

* Keller and the Albertson's team regained the points lead with their win at Richmond. Keller now sits 34 points ahead of Jack Sprague.

* ppc Racing has won five out of 10 NASCAR Busch Series races this season (Keller: Rockingham, Talladega, Richmond; Riggs: Nashville, California).

* Keller is the returning champion at New Hampshire International Speedway. He looks to become the only repeat winner in the Busch Series at the "Magic Mile" this weekend.

* Keller has one win, two top fives and four top 10s in 10 starts at Loudon.

Jason Keller Quotes:

On His Win At Richmond And Regaining The Points Lead... Crew chief Steve Addington's call to bring Keller in the pits on lap 149 was the turning point of the race for the Albertson's Team. Keller was running second when he came in the pits along with only three other cars for four tires and fuel. With the stop, fuel mileage was no longer an issue and Keller battled his way to the front where leader Bobby Hamilton Jr., ran out of gas.

"I have always loved Richmond," said Keller. "I have come close to winning here before, but this win is incredible. I am so proud of Steve (Addington) and the entire Albertson's team. He made a bold move and stepped out of sequence from the rest of the field on our final pit stop. Regardless of what the outcome was going to be, I was proud that we didn't wait to follow the leaders and created our own destiny.

"This team is doing what we need to do to win the championship. Everyone is pulling their weight and working together and it shows. We are sitting back on top of the championship standings where we need to be."

Looking To Repeat At Loudon... Keller and the Albertson's team are looking to become the first two-time winner in the NASCAR Busch Series at New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend. Keller's only win in 2001 came at Loudon when he passed Kevin Harvick following a four-tire vs. two-tire pit stop. Addington called for four tires, which allowed Keller the extra grip he needed to pass Harvick after the final restart. Keller dedicated the emotional win to the late Adam Petty.

"Winning at Loudon meant a great deal and would mean so much to do it a second time," said Keller. "Last year was a very emotional win for me. I know that if I return to victory lane, those emotions will come racing back. This track is now a little more meaningful for everyone in NASCAR racing. It would also be real special to be the only two-time winner at Loudon. Anytime a driver can put his name in the record book- even if it may only be for one year- is distinguishing."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Adam Petty , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Jack Sprague