It was a race for Braeden Keller to just make it to the Battle of the High Schools auto racing competition at Cordova International Raceway in Cordova.

It was a race for Braeden Keller to just make it to the Battle of the High Schools auto racing competition at Cordova International Raceway in Cordova.

A senior at Geneseo High School, Keller had his transmission go out on his car two days before the high school competition, but he was able to get his car back up and running just in the nick of time at Cordova on May 5.

“I had no sleep the night before,” Keller said. “I tightened the last bolt on everything at 7:30 in the morning. It was definitely crunch time.”

Keller earned the most points for team Geneseo reaching the semifinal round, and the Geneseo students won the traveling trophy for the first time in close to a decade.

Geneseo’s team made up of Andrew Hock, Logan Opsal, Austin Opsal, Braeden Keller, Ayden Ristau, Travis Opsal, Brice Keller and Griffin DeSplinter.

After going to prom, Braeden Keller worked all Saturday night to prepare the transmission on his 1997 Pontiac Trans Am with his friend Matthew Wedemeyer who helped with parts and repairs.

“It’s hard to do it,” Keller said. “Matthew’s dad came into the shop and he was very surprised we had gotten so far in the amount of time we did. He said he’s never seen that before and he’s been building transmissions and replacing them for 25 years. It’s something pretty good to put on the resume.”

It was Keller’s first competition in the high school competition, but he’s raced at Cordova plenty of times having been racing since he was nine-years-old.