JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) Press Conference "It was a great day for us. I've always enjoyed coming to Rockingham, and just always thought I could race around here, but never proved it. Today we proved it. My...
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)
"It was a great day for us. I've always enjoyed coming to Rockingham, and just always thought I could race around here, but never proved it. Today we proved it. My teammate, Scott Riggs, the 10 team tested here a couple of weeks ago before we went to Daytona. We talk about our two-team concept a lot, but it really helped me out. We used a lot of his information on our car. It was just a great day. I've never seen he race track from this view, and it looks pretty cool. It was all in all a great day and a great start to the season."
NO ONE WAS WITHIN A STRAIGHTAWAY OF YOU AFTER THE LAST PIT STOP. "We had good car early in the race, but we really didn't make any adjustments all day long. We made a couple of minor air-pressure adjustments, but I really felt that we had a good car. We were just biding our time and waiting for our time to go. I wanted to lead some laps today. There after that green-flag stop, I started driving a little harder and started using my stuff up a little more and we were able to lead some laps."
WITH FORDS FINISHING FIRST AND SECOND, DO YOU FEEL THEY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE? "No, Fords did not have an advantage. Those guys will be wanting more spoiler added to theirs, the other manufacturers. We knew the Fords were going to have a really good balance. W knew the balance of the Fords are good. We didn't test here, but we tested at Darlington, which is a track that is similar in a grip issue to this track. This is the same car we tested at Darlington, too. We knew our Fords had a good balance, we just had to prove it."
SCOTT RIGGS GAVE YOU A SHOWER IN VICTORY LANE. HOW CLOSE ARE THE TWO TEAMS? "It's great. A lot of people ask me about mine and Scott's relationship, and it's great. Scott is very eager to learn. He tested here, so he brought a lot to the table for us. It's not like I'm the veteran in the deal, and he's not bringing anything to us. He's brought a lot to us, and so far so good. It looks like he got another top-five finish there, a top-five finish. I really thought that ppc Racing could be as strong as we were. I think it will take Scott some time at some of the places that he hasn't been, but mine and Scott's relationship is extremely positive and I'm looking forward to the future."
TALK ABOUT MANAGING YOUR TIRES. "As everybody knows, tire management is key here. Really, I just tried on getting a lead and not spinning my tires. How we did it? You'd have to ask Steve Addington, my crew chief, how he did it. It made it a little bit easier on me with our shock setup. We did some different things shock-wise that we learned in Happy Hour and I think that Happy Hour was the key for us because we learned some things that really adapted well today. I thought my race team was better than we had ever been and then we went to Darlington and tested and it was better. And then we came here and adapted on a really tough race track and that's what makes me feel good."
YOU'RE LEADING THE POINTS AFTER TWO RACES. "We definitely wanted to be the ones people are chasing; that's something I've never been. I've never led the points, I've never been the one people were chasing. We're focused on winning races and how important that is; it's crucial. We want to get off to a good start and we know that these guys are going to be gunning for us every week. We've shown that we run up front at Daytona, a superspeedway, and now we've shown we can race here at a downforce race track. We know that the bar is pretty high, but I know my race team is good enough to keep that bar high, and if I can drive it as clean-minded as I drove it today, I think we'll be OK."