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.
JASON KELLER -57-Albertsons Ford Taurus
TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON.
"The end of the year hasn't gone quite as we had hoped. It's been a great points battle; it's been great to be a part of it. I've been fortunate to be part of these points battles over the last couple of years, but this one, and I've said I since about mid-season, this thing is going to shake up and separate itself and one or two guys, but, man, it seems like more guys keep coming into the mix. It's been a great season in a lot of areas, but we haven't accomplished our goals in a lot of others. We just have to work hard and hopefully we will accomplish all of them next year."
DO YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF COMING TO A NEW TRACK WHERE NO ONE HAS ANY NOTES TO SETTLE THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"Some of us are going to adapt quicker than others, and I'm one that hasn't adapted to this race track as quick as I needed to. You're going to have pros and cons to every situation. Even if it wasn't a new race track, even if it was a flat race track, I would like that. Some people like banked race tracks and some people like flat race tracks . Just because it's new I don't think it matters too much. Everyone has the same anoint of time and everyone has to do the best they can."
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT SLOWER CARS INTERFERING WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"David (Green) and I were racing at Phoenix, not for the win, but for about 15th place. We were both having a bad day, and the guys back there, trust me, they weren't racing us any different than anybody else because we were back there clawing for everything we could possibly get. I don't think anybody is going to race us differently. You just have to try to go out and do the very best you can. The only way that they're not going to race you hard or race around you is if you can be out front and get away from them because they are going to race you as hard as they possibly can. There are so many different agendas. We're in this driver's points battle and it's a huge deal, it's a huge deal with the media, but there are a lot of guys out there racing to finish in the top 10, maybe top 15 to obtain their goals. Although we may want it to be a little different and them to pull over and give us a little bit more room, there are so many different agendas out there that you just have to race hard and at the end of the day count the points and hopefully you've got enough."
SHOULD THEY RACE YOU ANY DIFFERENT?
"No, I don't personally think so because I've been in their position trying to race for the top 15, top 20. What the six race teams that are represented up here have done is very special. They've gained the most points, they've done their homework, they've worked real hard. That doesn't mean any of the other teams have worked any less, but these six teams have gained the most points. That doesn't matter to a lot of people because they have a lot of different agendas, so they're going to work as hard. I'm looking at guys in the top 10. Stacy Compton is 10th in points and he wants to stay 10th in points. These guys want to continue to stay up there and obtain their goals. Maybe that's a goal he set a the beginning of the year, 'Hey I want to go to the banquet, I want to finish in the top 10.' From a selfish standpoint, yeah, I wish they would race us differently, but I've been in their shoes so I can see it from their standpoint as well."