'Hoping Dover Shows Improvements ' This weekend, Jeff Green and the ...
'Hoping Dover Shows Improvements '
This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge head into the one-mile Dover International Speedway for Sunday's MBAN America 400. Green will be making his 11th start at Dover this weekend and fifth for Petty Enterprises.
Green is the only driver to have raced for the sport's biggest names. Throughout his career, he has driven for Cup's most legendary names, such as Junior Johnson, Felix Sabates, Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt, and now Richard Petty. Green is in his second full season driving the legendary Petty Enterprises #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge. The 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National champion, he holds the record for the largest point's margin after winning the championship by 616 points. He is also a two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup pole winner, winning poles at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and the pole for the 2003 Daytona 500.
The thoughts of #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge driver Jeff Green heading into Dover:
"We tested at the track with a new car, and we're hoping that is going to help us. We just missed it this first time at Dover. That was pretty frustrating, but we regrouped and we're coming back with a better package and car. We think we are going to show a lot of improvement this weekend from our last race there. We were pretty happy with the way testing went, and we think we can translate that to a good weekend.
"We're getting towards the end of the season. We have made a lot of improvements all season. We made up a lot of steps. We came into this year with a new Dodge Charger and we had to learn that car. We had to make improvements to our stuff, and I think we've done a good job of getting there. We've been having better results the last couple of months. We're not where we want to be, but our stuff is getting better. Hopefully we can end this season on some high notes and carry that momentum into next season.
"Dover is a place that is either going to carry your momentum or just kill it. The race we had here in June just killed us. We didn't have a good qualifying run and we struggled again on race day. Dover is a place like that. You can be really successful or really struggle. The first time I climbed into this Cheerios Dodge was here in Dover a few years ago. We started this race in the back, but ended the day 16th. The car was pretty good that day. We've seen our car be fast here and we've seen it struggle too. I'd rather have another good car this weekend, and I think we've got one.
"There are a lot more guys out here racing for wins than a championship right now. There are only 10 guys racing for a championship, but there are 32 other guys racing for wins and to build for next season. We're doing the same thing. That's a lot of competition. These last few races, and especially at a track like Dover, it's anyone's race. Everyone has had the summer to catch up with their body work, with their aerodynamics, their engine package and everything else. I think everyone is showing their best hand right now. It's getting as tough as any part of the season.
"It's really important to finish well at the end of the year. Anything that you can take from these last few races and learn from is a bonus for the early part of next year. It's proven that every race counts now towards getting into the championship. You just can't lay off in March or April. You have to be on top of your game and have all the best resources available. That's all starting right now.
"You can never get ahead in this game, but you can prepare to have the best. Any time something is new, like we had this year with the Charger, you have to spend extra time. We had to do that this season, but we got a ton of help from Dodge and we pulled from all our resources. That has made us better, and I think you'll see proof of that this weekend at Dover. This Cheerios team works really hard to give me the best cars. We think we've got a good piece this weekend."