Charlotte, N.C. (October 20, 2003) -- With just four races remaining, Jason Keller and the Albertsons team sit 34 points out of first in the NASCAR Busch Series championship hunt. Literally, Keller is so close to the championship he's been so ...
Charlotte, N.C. (October 20, 2003) -- With just four races remaining, Jason Keller and the Albertsons team sit 34 points out of first in the NASCAR Busch Series championship hunt. Literally, Keller is so close to the championship he's been so hungry for, he can almost taste it. Keller's ambition has always been to win the championship, but it was also part of a goal he and team owner Greg Pollex set out to achieve six years ago.
"The thing that sets Jason Keller apart from anyone else who has sat in that seat is a promise I made to Jason's father Joe in the fall of 1998," said Pollex. "I sat down with Joe and Jason in a restaurant and told them if Jason was going to drive for me, there were some things that would have to happen. To that point, Jason's dad had played a major role in his career and I asked to him to relinquish the roles of team owner and coach, and just be a dad. I promised him that day as an owner I would take care of Jason and I'd do everything in my power to help win him a championship."
To date, Joe Keller has held up his end of the deal being a supportive father and watching his son finish in the top 10 in points every year since 1999 driving for Pollex. Keller has finished runner-up twice, but has been unable to capture the elusive title that both Pollex and Keller have worked so hard to achieve.
"Winning the Busch Series championship with Jason has been a project of mine ever since I made that promise," said Pollex. "If you go back to the mid 90's, Jason was void of the confidence needed to win a championship in a race car. Jason and I have made it our goal to get him up to the level where he could win the title. The rest is now following through. Achieving that goal is more for an individual than an organization. A Jason Keller championship is a personal goal, where Jeff Green winning the championship in 2000 was an organizational goal of mine."
Pollex has more than Keller on his mind in the final four races. Keller's teammate Scott Riggs is just 10 points behind him in the standings. While having two teams running for the title at this stage of the season is what every team strives for, there is nothing easy about it for the team owner.
"There is nothing simple about the situation we are in, even though it is what we set out to achieve at the beginning of the season," continued Pollex. "The only thing that puts my mind at ease is knowing that I have provided both teams with the exact same resources. It keeps the teams on an even playing field and that keeps harmony in the shop."
Pollex is hoping that Keller and Riggs will be running one-two in the championship chase heading to Miami and to let the two fight it out for the top spot on the track. Pollex hopes one of his ppc Racing teams will adorn his shop with a second NASCAR Busch Series championship trophy.
"All I can do is try and get them to the point where they can battle it out in Miami," said Pollex. "They have raced each other hard and they have raced each other clean all year long. I can't control what happens on the track, but I just hope one of them comes out on top."