BUSCH: Pikes Peak: Jason Keller preview

Notes and Quotes Jason Keller Notes: Jason Keller and the Albertsons team captured their fourth top-10 finish over the past five races last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Keller finished seventh in the event. Keller...

Notes and Quotes

Jason Keller Notes:

Jason Keller and the Albertsons team captured their fourth top-10 finish over the past five races last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Keller finished seventh in the event.

Keller captured the pole at Pikes Peak in 2002 by turning a lap time of 27.314 seconds around the one-mile track.

Keller led last year's race at Pikes Peak on five different occasions for a total of 57 laps.

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On Pikes Peak--

Keller came out of Loudon with a top-10 finish and looks to continue the momentum the team has gained over the past five races. The Albertsons team is extremely confident heading to Pikes Peak after finishing third behind Hank Parker Jr. and Greg Biffle in 2002. Parker Jr. won the race on fuel mileage after Keller and Biffle raced side-by-side for the majority of the race.

"It's tough when you race that hard with someone for most of the race to be beaten by fuel mileage," said Keller. "We did everything we needed to do to put ourselves up front. We won our first pole of the 2002 season and gave ourselves a shot at the win. This year we plan on doing the same thing with a better outcome."

"Pikes Peak is different than any track we've raced on this year. It's a one-mile track but it's not flat like Milwaukee and not as banked as Dover. You have to approach it like a flat track. That's why we are taking the car that we won with at Milwaukee a few weeks ago. The track is very slick and it allows the groove to widen. A wide groove gives you the ability to not only race side-by-side, but the opportunity to pass cars and mount a charge toward the front."

Overcoming a rough start--

Keller and the Albertsons team did not have the start to the 2003 season they anticipated. Keller sits fifth in the championship standings, 91 points behind David Green. At one point, he was over 180 points behind in the championship standings. The team is coming off four top-10 finishes out of five races with two very strong tracks ahead.

"I have never been more proud of my team," said Keller. "Last week at Loudon could have been a disaster. We very easily could have finished 15th or worse, but we did what a championship caliber team does and we capitalized on other team's misfortunes. We got a few breaks during the race that helped us finish seventh. When you have a car that isn't performing as well as you would like and turn it into a top-10 car, that's what wins championships."

"Each week we continue to get stronger and stronger. I can't say enough about the focus and determination of the Albertsons team. They performed 14-second pit stops last week that helped us gain valuable track position and continually worked hard to improve the handling on the car. This team is back in true form and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead for us."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Greg Biffle , Hank Parker Jr. , David Green