Jason Keller, who is currently third in the Busch Series point standings, has an additional incentive to win tomorrow's race at Phoenix International Raceway, on top of closing the 210-point deficit to leader Kevin Harvick. If Keller wins ...
Jason Keller, who is currently third in the Busch Series point standings, has an additional incentive to win tomorrow's race at Phoenix International Raceway, on top of closing the 210-point deficit to leader Kevin Harvick. If Keller wins tomorrow's 200-mile race, Yoplait will donate $1 million to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of Albertsons. Keller qualified for tomorrow's race in the 23rd starting position, but finished up happy hour on Saturday at the top of the speed chart. Keller spoke about the million-dollar donation and his chance for victory tomorrow.
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus
TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND YOUR CHANCES TO WIN TOMORROW.
"It's wonderful program to be involved with. I have a mother-in-law who is a breast cancer survivor of 16 years, so it's something that is near and dear to my heart. I've done a lot of charity events over the years. I've had my own golf tournament and things over the last five to six years, and to be able to donate this kind of money, in this kind of magnitude, in one shot is really an honor. After qualifying yesterday and qualifying 23rd, it was very disappointing. We put a lot of emphasis on this race. The car was just off and we got to the bottom of it this morning, so we finished up strong with a bad starting spot. We were the fastest in happy hour and the fastest on consistent runs. We have our work cut out for us, but to be involved with a company like Albertsons and Yoplait Yogurt and everyone is just a tremendous honor, and hopefully we can pull this thing off."
IF YOU'RE RUNNING IN THE TOP FIVE TOMORROW WITH FIVE LAPS TO GO, WILL THE $1 MILLION DONATION BE ON YOUR MIND?
"It better be on the mind of the guy that's in front of me because it's not going to be me that's going to be hurting, it will be the guy in front of me. This is something that I don't know if any other Busch team has ever been involved with a promotion of $1 million. I know that a lot of Winston Cup guys have won a million dollars in a race, but to be able to go and donate that and touch thousands and thousands of lives, I am taking it personally. And, I probably will drive the race a little differently at the end of the race. I 'm not going to do anything stupid, but I may take some extra chances that maybe I wouldn't take normally. I can't stress the honor that I feel to be able to have the opportunity to donate a million dollars. I don't have a clue as to what it will feel like if I'm lucky enough to win the race and to be able to donate that money because that will be even a larger magnitude. I wasn't really happy yesterday, but I'm raring to go now after happy hour. The car is really good and it's exactly how I was hoping it would have been yesterday right off the truck, and I think we will be just fine."
WHY IS THE PROMOTION BEING RUN HERE?
"Albertsons is located in Boise, Idaho, near the west coast, but it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so that's why we're having here at the end of October here in Phoenix."