Jason Keller Notes: * Coming off three seasons finishing in the top three in points, consistency is the key for Jason Keller and the Albertsons team in 2003. Keller returns to Daytona for the third consecutive year with the ...
Jason Keller Notes:
* Coming off three seasons finishing in the top three in points, consistency is the key for Jason Keller and the Albertsons team in 2003. Keller returns to Daytona for the third consecutive year with the same manufacturer, sponsor, crew chief and team.
* Keller and the Albertsons team captured top-five finishes at all three restrictor-place races last year including two fourth-place efforts at Daytona International Speedway and the win at Talladega.
* The Albertsons Racing team tested at Daytona and Talladega in the off-season to prepare for the new shock rules NASCAR instituted.
Jason Keller Quotes:
The Season Opener... Keller has never been more confident heading into the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Keller contributes much of his confidence to the attitudes of the members of the Albertsons team.
"The guys are excited and extremely eager to get the season started," said Keller. "We made some changes in the off-season that will only strengthen this team. We have looked at our strong points and our weaknesses and have set a plan in motion. Some of the biggest changes were to our pit crew. The over-the-wall guys have worked extremely hard in the off-season and I know their efforts will pay off.
"Steve (Addington) has done an incredible job over the winter preparing for the 2003 season. Last year our goal was to win more races and contend for the championship, which we did. I can honestly say I don't see a weak link in our entire racing program. I have never been with a team that is better prepared for a season than the one I am with now."
An Early Favorite... Pre-season buzz has Keller and the Albertsons team vying for the NASCAR Busch Series championship. Keller knows it won't be an easy road to the title. While the Albertson team sat atop the point standings several times last season, Keller learned a significant amount about chasing the title that he will utilize during the 2003 season.
"I've been told you learn more by losing a championship than you do by winning one," said Keller. "I am more mentally prepared now to face a serious championship battle. You discover things during a title chase that you don't learn until you experience it.
"The championship will still go to the team that wins races and makes the least amount of mistakes on and off the track. There are several things you can't control and can't worry about. But if Steve, the team and I do the things I know we are capable of, I truly believe we will be difficult to beat."