JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus "It was just a great day for us, Albertsons, Ford and everybody involved. I knew we had a good car after Happy Hour and made a point of being patient and that put us up there. The guys had great pit stops...
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus
"It was just a great day for us, Albertsons, Ford and everybody involved. I knew we had a good car after Happy Hour and made a point of being patient and that put us up there. The guys had great pit stops and great strategy all day long. It's just a real great day for us and I'm proud to be part of this ppc Racing team."
DID YOU THING YOU HAD ANYTHING FOR BIFFLE?
"Well, I knew at the end that if I could get up to him that I had a chance. We were just a little bit off and I didn't read the car like I needed, but second place is second place and we ran real good all day, in the top five all day, and that's what we needed."
"We ran good all day long, and you Chevrolet guys complain about these fast Fords, and I hope that NASCAR doesn't listen to that. It was just a nice day for us. I knew in Happy Hour that we would be pretty good. We made some changes on our pit crew in the off weekend and it seemed like that worked good. It was just a good day for us, we're getting closer to giving Albertsons their first win, we just didn't show it today."
YOU FEEL PRETTY COMFORTABLE RUNNING ON CONCRETE AND SHOWED IT LAST YEAR AT DOVER.
"As far as I'm concerned this is the best, new race track that I've been to in a long, long time. It's a race track of the future. I've loved the Fairgrounds, I loved racing at the old Fairgrounds, but when you see the crowd we had today and where the future of this sport is going and where the Busch Series is going, you have to have facilities like this. I like concrete race tracks and I think that I would love any race track if it was this nice. I seem to read the concrete surfaces better than I do the other ones, and as far as I'm concerned, it was great when we unloaded off the truck on Thursday."
DID YOU HAD HOPES OF HOLDING BIFFLE OFF?
"Yeah, at the time my car was a little free on entry and he stuck his nose up there and did what he needed to do. He didn't do anything wrong. He got me a little bit loose and pretty much after he got a little bit of a lead, we ran tit-for-tat with him. We didn't have anything to go up and blast by him, but we had a great day. We're inching up on this thing. We want to stay in the points battle all year long, I know it's early in the year, but not a lot of people are taking us serious in the points battle. They're only focusing on the Big 3, but there's another ppc driver out there that's going to give them a run for their money."
YOU WENT THREE-WIDE ON THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY.
"I thought the 36 had drifted high off of (Turn) 2 and we got by him. I probably won't have made that big of a move had I known that we were three-wide. But, it got me five points, let me lead a lap, so in hindsight it was a good move. It was probably a little bit more daring than I needed to be, but that's what it's all about."
TALK ABOUT RESTARTS AND LAPPED CARS.
"Those guys were just racing hard. I have a little bit more of a problem with the guys we were lapping. I thought that once you got 10 laps down, you'd start going up the race track and let us go by on the bottom, the preferred line. It's a new race track, and I'm sure when we come back next year it will be better. They can lay more rubber down and keep plugging away at it. The lapped cars were tough. With four or five to go, I got caught between a lapped car and then I just lost any hope. I don't think I could have got back up to Biffle; that pretty much sealed the win. That was a good day for us. I just got a new car owner this week, he just walked in this week, and hopefully he'll keep me around for a little bit."
TALK ABOUT THE MOVE GREG MADE WITH 40 LAPS TO GO.
"At that time I was a little loose getting in, I think he saw an opportunity and took advantage of it and drove on by me. We tried to loosen the car up all day long, and on the last stop we got it too loose on entry, and I tried to do some under the caution to help that. I don't think he got into the back of me, he got up to me and it was one of those things. Even if he did, it wasn't one of those things that I was a little free getting in and he got by me. It's fun when the spotter doesn't have to call the restarts and I can see that. It was just a real fun day, and hopefully the fans liked it because it was a fun day for me."
IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE RACE TRACK?
"I was told when we got here that they had ground the surface between 1 and 2. You could feel that, where it would change texture, it would loose a little bit of grip, but I don't think the shaped oval surface of the track is an excuse to say that was the reason for wrecked race cars. We ran into a situation years ago with a new track that started tearing apart, and that's maybe a reason to blame a track for a tearing up race cars, but we're professionals. Yeah it's a harder turn than 4, but to me this race drove a lot like Richmond, it's just a bigger Richmond. The cars that win the race run on the bottom and they cars that didn't slid up the race track. I finished second today, you're not going to hear me say anything negative about this place."