BUSCH: Talladega: Event preview

Veterans Compton, Keller banking on superspeedway success for first win of 2003. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 1, 2003) -- Stacy Compton (No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet) and Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford) are two NASCAR Busch Series...

Veterans Compton, Keller banking on superspeedway success for first win of 2003.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 1, 2003) -- Stacy Compton (No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet) and Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford) are two NASCAR Busch Series drivers looking forward to Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Keller and Compton finished 1-2 in last year's race after pulling away from the field during the last 20 laps. The win was Keller's ninth in the NASCAR Busch Series, but his first top-10 finish at the track in 10 races. Compton's second-place finish was the best of his career and also his first top five in the NASCAR Busch Series.

"I've led more laps at Talladega than anywhere else and I've won more poles there than anywhere else," said Compton, who has three NASCAR Winston Cup Series poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

"We had a real good Ford last year at Talladega," said Keller, who started 12th in last year's race. "I followed that 59 car (Compton) up through the field and we were pretty much able to pull away."

Keller, who is currently second in the point standings, has finished in the top 10 four times this season, including a third-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Compton, currently 15th in the point standings, has had mixed results this year, having finished 15th or better in three of this season's six races.

"We've been mediocre so far this season. Some of it has been bad luck," said Compton, whose best finish of the season was fourth at Darlington Raceway. "We've run well at times but don't have the finishes to show for it. We're headed in the right direction with this new body and I'm excited to go racing every week because we continue to improve."

Both drivers would enjoy seeing last year's success at Talladega continue and both know that the best way to finish well is to avoid trouble.

"You can make a little mistake and that's the end of your day," said Compton.

Keller agrees. "You've got to stay out of trouble and go with the right line when it's time to go," he said.

Compton will not only look to improve on last year's second-place effort, but will seek his first career victory, while Keller looks for his first win of the season after winning four times in 2002.

"We race because we want to win," said Keller.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Stacy Compton