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On the eve of the NASCAR Busch Series season finale, the top six drivers in the point standings took part in a Q&A session in the Homestead-Miami Speedway media center. Three Ford drivers are still in contention for the championship, with Jason...

On the eve of the NASCAR Busch Series season finale, the top six drivers in the point standings took part in a Q&A session in the Homestead-Miami Speedway media center. Three Ford drivers are still in contention for the championship, with Jason Keller, Scott Riggs, and Bobby Hamilton, Jr., currently fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Keller trails leader Brian Vickers by 75 points, while Riggs is 15 points behind his ppc Racing teammate, and Hamilton is just four points out of fifth. Hamilton is the series leader in victories this season with four, while Riggs has tallied two wins and Keller has one.

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TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON.

"We set our goals when we hired Harold Holly in the middle of the season and tried to get the most top 10s, most top fives, the most money an the most wins, everything that was possible. We were about there, and the one thing we've been doing the last month is just forget about the points situation, do what we can do to lead laps and win races and whatever falls falls, and that's what we've been doing. The best thing that we're going to do, the green flag, if we can go out and lead every lap we're going to, and if we can win the race, we can, an if we end up sixth, fifth, fourth, first, wherever, that's what we're going to do. What we're pretty much doing is building for next year. We started running for the championship in the middle of the year, so when you look at it, it's almost unbelievable that we're in this position. Wherever we end up it's a bonus because we were just trying to get back in the top 10 and here we are mathematically with a shot, so if we end up wherever, we're super-tickled with my team. We'll try to continue doing the same thing, trying to get us another win, another top-five, another top-10 and go from there."

ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT SLOWER CARS OR TEAM CARS INTERFERING WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP?

"They are all professionals. We all know what we have to do. We all know what the teams have worked for. For instance, for me to win the championship the 5 and the 37 are really going to have to do something to take themselves out because usually when one falls out, the other is one is second or third. So when it's all said and done, you really have to be careful not to put yourself in a position to make a change in the championship for something that you've done. You all have your little battles somewhere. It's all the same goal - to win the championship. I think we're all going to do the same thing as to get the best finish we can, win the race and if we can't get a top-five, if you can't get a top-10, put yourself in that position to keep doing what you've done all year long. Whatever is going to happen, there are so many obstacles that can happen. You can blow a motor, cut a tire, you can run over a lapped car, they can run over you. There are all kinds of different things, so you just have to do your normal deal that you've been doing all year long to get you in this position, and if you do that, whatever is going to fall is going fall.

Keller pre-race press conference
Riggs pre-race press conference

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers