Jason Keller Notes: * Jason Keller and the Albertsons team captured their first win of the season after passing teammate Scott Riggs with 20 laps to go last week at Milwaukee. * Keller gained 25 points on the leader in...
Jason Keller Notes:
* Jason Keller and the Albertsons team captured their first win of the season after passing teammate Scott Riggs with 20 laps to go last week at Milwaukee.
* Keller gained 25 points on the leader in the championship standings with his win last weekend. He currently sits fifth, 100 points behind the leader.
Jason Keller Quotes:
It's Daytona, it's the Fourth of July, and it's under the lights-- Keller knows that Daytona is a special racetrack to NASCAR, fans and drivers. Add that it's the Fourth of July and he has just come off a big win at Milwaukee, it my be the race of the season for Keller and the Albertsons team.
"Daytona is such a mystical place," said Keller. "It is so cool to be part of this race on a holiday when patriotism is at such a high in this country. The cars look so fast racing at night and the fans get to watch side-by-side racing for 100 laps. It just doesn't get any better than that for anyone. The only way it could be better is if it is my Albertsons Ford and my team shooting off fireworks in victory lane."
Trying to change his luck at the superspeedway-- Keller and the Albertsons team were involved in incidents at both superspeedway tracks this season. While his fear going back to Daytona is not getting involved in another wreck sending him to the infield care center, but losing the momentum the Albertsons team has worked had to regain after a disappointing start to the season.
"We haven't found the time to test our superspeedway car like we needed to," said Keller. "The guys have done a great job repairing our race car from Talladega, but the car has no time on the track. One thing about Daytona is that you do not need an absolutely perfect car to be successful. Handling comes into play and so does horsepower. The Robert Yates Engines have been great the past two races and the team's confidence is on an all time high. The two incidents we were involved in earlier this season were not of our doing. I would hate to see that happen again, because the guys have worked too hard."
The No. 57 Albertsons Ford-- After crashing his favorite superspeedway car at Daytona in February, the team built Keller a new superspeedway car for Talladega that also received heavy damage early on in the race. The Albertsons team rebuilt the car from Talladega, made some adjustments and are hoping to get back into the top-five form they were in last season at the 2.5-mile track.