WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Jason Keller making his 305th start captured the win in the GNC 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. It is Keller's 10th career victory in the Busch Series, and his first win this season. "I knew we would (win again)," said Keller. "It...
WEST ALLIS, Wisc. - Jason Keller making his 305th start captured the win in the GNC 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. It is Keller's 10th career victory in the Busch Series, and his first win this season.
"I knew we would (win again)," said Keller. "It was just a matter of time. We've got so many people that have stood behind us all season. We have been in a little bit of a slump, and these guys have been working hard on pit road. They got me on and off pit road real good today. I just saved a little bit there for the end and it was awesome."
Keller was leading with three laps to go, when the No. 20 Gibbs Chevy of Mike Bliss brought out the yellow flag. The race was not red-flagged and finished under the yellow.
With 20 laps to go Keller goat break when he was able to pass his teammate Scott Riggs to inherit the lead. Keller steadily pulled away from the field, as Riggs and the No. 10 ppc Ford began to fade. Riggs finished seventh.
"I just saved some. I saved it," continued Keller. "I could tell that Scott (Riggs) was getting a little bit tight. Man, I was trying to be as careful as I could around him. I didn't want to bump my teammate. Just an awesome day."
Brian Vickers, who led 73 of the 250 laps, encountered problems during a late pit stop that sent him from first to fifth. He managed to salvage a second place finish.
"We had to conserve fuel at the end and look at the big picture and came home second," said Vickers. "Hopefully we will be there at the end of the year. It was pretty tough (not to go for the win), it would have meant a lot to me. But, this is it."
David Stremme finished third, scoring his best result this year.
"The car was a little tight all day," said Stremme. "But, for having never been here. I learned a lot. These guys did a great job, I can't say enough about them.
"Jamie's (McMurray) going to be in the car the next three weeks. So I'll have some time off to watch and learn some more. We'll go back at Pikes Peak. Again, these guys did great job. In the pits, and for only the forty laps of practice that we had, I'm really happy to finish in the top ten."
Ron Hornaday, on lap 164, was involved in a spin with the lapped car of Shane Hmiel. Hornaday bounced back to finish fourth.
David Reutimann, who will drive the No. 87 Chevy full time next season, scored fifth.
David Green retains his top spot in series ranking leading Scott Riggs by 45 points. Todd Bodine is third, followed by Ron Hornaday and Jason Keller.