KELLER'S COACH STOLEN, BRINGS SPECIAL ROAD RACE CAR TO GLEN
"Mike Laughlin stole my Coach," said Slim Jim #57 driver Jason Keller with a laugh. Keller had made a deal with Shawn Hendricks, a Greenville, SC neighbor and sports car driver, to go to the Watkins Glen, NY race track to coach and advise him on the finer points of road racing. Hendricks, a former winner at The Glen had taken the job. Then Laughlin, a noted chassis builder and car owner, also based near Greenville called Hendricks. Laughlin needing a driver to fill in for Greg Sacks, who is still recovering from a broken foot, offered Hendricks the opportunity to race instead of coach. "I can't blame Shawn for backing out of the coaching job for a chance to drive in the race," said Keller. "Actually I think he can be more help to me at Watkins Glen after getting some seat time in a NASCAR Busch Series car. I'll give him some help in adjusting to a stock car and he can show me the fast way around the race track." This will be Keller's fourth Watkins Glen start, with a best finish of tenth last year. Keller and the Slim Jim team have made extra efforts to be more competitive in this year's Lysol 200. "First, we've taken the car we've raced at Watkins Glen the last two years and made it exclusively into a road race car," said Keller. "Everything you normally do to an oval track car to make it turn left, we've done to this car to make it turn right. We even cut the front suspension off the car and put a new one on it that will help it turn better on Watkins Glen's mostly right turn configuration." "Second, I've been watching the tapes from the last couple of Watkins Glen Busch races where Terry Labonte had the camera in his car. I've watched it over and over and just seeing the way he enters the uphill esses has taught me a lot." "With Terry in the race we're all probably just running for second, but to finish second to Terry Labonte at Watkins Glen would be a victory to me."