Keller looks to create history by becoming the only repeat Busch Series winner at Loudon. CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- There have been 15 NASCAR Busch Series races held at New Hampshire International Speedway ... with 15 different winners. Jason Keller...
Keller looks to create history by becoming the only repeat Busch Series winner at Loudon.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- There have been 15 NASCAR Busch Series races held at New Hampshire International Speedway ... with 15 different winners. Jason Keller and the Albertson's team are looking to change that at the Busch 200 on May 11 by becoming the first two-time winner in the Busch Series.
Keller will have competition from four other previous winners including Jeff Burton, Kenny Wallace, Randy LaJoie and Mike McLaughlin. Keller is the most recent Busch Series winner with his emotional victory at New Hampshire International Speedway last May.
"Winning at Loudon meant a great deal and would mean so much to do it a second time," said Keller. "Last year I dedicated my win to Adam Petty, and I think every time we return to Loudon we will remember him. I know that if I return to victory lane, those emotions will come racing back. This track is now a little more meaningful for everyone in NASCAR racing.
"It would also be real special to be the only two-time winner at Loudon. I've been competing there since 1992 when Jeff Burton won the race. Anytime a driver can put his name in the record book- even if it may only be for one year- is distinguishing."
If Keller wins at NHIS, he would break a personal best. In his nine years on the Busch Series circuit full-time, he has never had more than two wins in a single season. His two wins in 2002 have him positioned to break a personal record.
"I set a personal goal this year to win as many races as I had career wins. That means I need five wins this season. We already have two wins with our victories at Rockingham and Talladega, so Loudon would be a nice addition. So far we are two for nine, and I see the odds in my favor."
The track itself seems to fit Keller's driving style. While there have been changes to the corners of the track, it's still the same "Magic Mile" it's always been. In 10 starts, Keller has one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
"I'm extremely excited about heading back to Loudon," Keller said. "I love the tracks with flat surfaces like Loudon. It reminds me of the tracks I grew up on in South Carolina: flat and slick. I know they reconfigured the corners to try and generate more side-by-side competition, so that means there should be two grooves to intensify the racing. I haven't spoken to anyone who tested there, so I don't know what affect it will have on the car or the set-up. All I know is what I've read."
Keller will be piloting the same Albertson's Ford he drove to victory lane in Loudon in May of last year after a brush with the wall in happy hour. Perhaps history will repeat itself to create a historical moment for Keller and the Albertson's Racing Team.