Quotes: Atlanta Motor Speedway-- The Albertsons team heads to one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit - Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Busch Series cars reach speeds nearing 200 mph, and Keller hopes to improve upon the past...
Atlanta Motor Speedway-- The Albertsons team heads to one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit - Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Busch Series cars reach speeds nearing 200 mph, and Keller hopes to improve upon the past two years' seventh-place efforts.
"We ran in the top five most of the race last year," said Keller. "We had to come down pit road for a splash of fuel with three laps to go that dropped us back to seventh. Atlanta has never been one of our strongest tracks, but we have had decent finishes there the past few years. We have a ton of momentum and confidence heading into this weekend's race. If we build off of what we have done in the past at Atlanta and our success over the past month, I have no doubt we can capture our first top five and even contend for the win."
The importance of Atlanta in the title chase--
With just four races remaining on the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series schedule, each race can have huge implications on the outcome of the championship. The top five are separated by just 44 points, but the Albertsons team is the one on a roll.
"We are running so much better this year than we were last year at this time," said Keller. "The team is just clicking so well. It has been a long time since I came down pit road leading and left pit road still in the lead and that is exactly what the Albertsons crew did in Memphis. That says a lot about the level this team is performing at right now. A top-five finish may not win us the championship at this point, but a 40th-place finish can lose it. The team believes in itself and in everyone involved with it, and that's hard to do in situations like this. I have never been more positive about our chances in this championship than I am right now."
The Championship Chase:
Keller and the Albertsons team are just 34 points behind Brian Vickers in the championship standings with four races to go. Since their involvement in an incident at Richmond, the team has four consecutive top-10 finishes that have moved them from fifth to third in the standings and within striking distance of the leader.