Salem, IN -- Mason Keller just wrapped up his rookie season of competition with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, finishing second in the final season standings after the Championship Chase event at Winchester Speedway on Friday, October 12th and claimed the DGR-CROSLEY Rookie of the Year Award. Keller had a good first season with the series with several top 10 finishes and a win in the series event on Labor Day Weekend at Winchester Speedway. He was the only driver in the Chase for the Championship with a win in 2018.
The team had several events they struggled in, but never gave up, many events Keller would make multiple pit stops for adjustments, with Keller making improvements at nearly every event. For their hard work and never give up attitude, the Mason Keller Racing team has been named the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2018 Pitboxes.com Pit Crew of the Year Award winners. The team led by Gordon Guffey and Josh Ebbert gave 100% each week and more, to keep Keller competitive at each series event and went way above to win the Pitboxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award twice during the 2018 season, the most of any team in the series.
The team got its first Pitboxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award at the Auto City Speedway event on August 3rd, were the team took advantage of several early cautions to work on the car, making adjustments to help Keller. Keller than drove through the field for a sixth place finish and the DGR-CROSLEY Rookie of the Race Award for that event.
The team got its second Pitboxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award on September 9th in the Fall Brawl event at Lucas Oil Raceway. Keller’s team elected to pull their car out of impound after qualifying to make several adjustments to the suspension. The adjustments worked as Keller came from the tail to get a ninth place finish and another DGR-CROSLEY Rookie of the Race Award.
“We really appreciate the recognition for our team in receiving the 2018 Pitboxes.com Pit Crew of the Year,” remarked Keller. “Thanks to all my crew for all their hard work at the shop preparing for each race and at the track, our team never gave up. Thanks to Gordon and Josh, James McConnell, Derrick Layne, Corbin Balke, Aaron Gordon, Larry Keller and David Jenkins. A special thank you to my dad Steve Keller, obviously without his support none of this would have happened. Thank you to PitBoxes.com for supporting the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with this great award.”
For earning the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2018 Pitboxes.com Pit Crew of the Year, Mason Keller Racing will receive a $1,000 Product Certificate from Pitboxes.com at the 2018 CRA Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis at Union Station on Friday, January 11th.
“We really appreciate Ricky Sanders at PitBoxes.com for coming up with this great award,” remarked Glenn Luckett, Managing Partner with CRA. “Ricky wanted to create an award that recognized the people behind the drivers in our series. The drivers get recognition at each race, but with the Pitboxes.com Pit Crew Awards for each series event and the season, a lot of the hard working crew members for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour teams get recognized also.”
Luckett added, “The Mason Keller Racing team worked hard to get their cars to the track and prepared for each race, but they also had a never give up attitude, no matter what happened to their cars in a race, they would work their butts off to get their cars better or to just get them back on the track to complete laps. We appreciate all their efforts this season!”
The drivers who’s crew’s earned a Pitboxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award during the 2018 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour season included Keller, Jack Dossey III, Nathan Bertino, Matt Maurer, Trey Craig, Colby Lane, Jordan Dahlke, Robbie Pyle and Wes Griffith Jr. Each of those teams received a $200 Product Certificate from Pitboxes.com.
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