Richard Childress Racing Note: Chocolate Myers, longtime spokesperson and safety director for RCR who doubles as the gasman on the No. 29 GM Goodwrench team, has injured his left arm and will not participate in Sunday's MBNA Platinum 400 Winston...
Richard Childress Racing Note:
Chocolate Myers, longtime spokesperson and safety director for RCR who doubles as the gasman on the No. 29 GM Goodwrench team, has injured his left arm and will not participate in Sunday's MBNA Platinum 400 Winston Cup race at Dover. Larry Hartle, who is the gasman for RCR's No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet on the Busch circuit, has been named as Chocolate's replacement for Sunday's race.
Jeff Green, No. 30 AOL Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Note: Green has 12 Busch Series career starts and three Winston Cup starts at the Monster Mile. He won the pole for Saturday's MBNA Platinum 200 Busch Series race and qualified 35th for Sunday's MBNA Platinum 400 Winston Cup event. In the past two months, the AOL team has improved its average finishing position by 10 places, and has advanced six spots in the point standings (from 29th to 23rd) since Round #6 at Bristol in March. The No. 30 will not be part of RCR's crew chief/crew swap between the No. 29 (Kevin Harvick, driver of the GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) and No. 31 (Robby Gordon, driver of the Cingular Wireless Chevrolet) teams.
Why isn't the No. 30 involved in the RCR crew chief/crew switch between the No. 29 and No. 31 teams?
"They asked me what I thought and I thought our overall progress has been going along good enough. When I came to RCR, part of my deal was that Todd Barrier and these guys would be my team. I'm here for RCR and AOL. But if I make the wrong step, it's going to hurt my career too. I'm here for everybody's best judgment, but I've got to look out for Jeff Green and what's best for me too."
Did you ever discuss the possibility of being included in the switch?
"Yeah, we talked about it. We had a meeting for a couple of hours the other day to discuss this even further to give me the opportunity to do something different with either team. But I think our progress is coming along really well. We've had a few problems. We've had some results problems by not having results at the end of the day. We've been better than what we've showed. Even the last three or four weeks have even be better. So I don't think we should start over. And that's basically what we'd be doing. That's what the No. 29 and the No. 31 are going to do. They're going to start over. It's probably going to hurt them for a couple of weeks."
Will the No. 30 team benefit from the switch?
"I think the move of putting Gil Martin (as crew chief) with Kevin Harvick is going to help our team more than anybody has ever thought. Gil and Todd Barrier have worked together for the last two years in the Busch Series and they know each other really well. And Kevin (Harvick) and I have a lot of the same feel in a racecar. So I think that's going to help both the No. 29 and the No. 30. And for the No. 31 (Robby Gordon), I think the switch for Robby with Kevin Hamlin will be good too. Kevin (Hamlin) has been around a long time and has a lot of experience and that'll be good for Robby too.
"It's one big race team (RCR) with three drivers and three crew chiefs. The more we can make it that way, the better we can make it. I think that'll help the whole operation. I think it'll even help the Busch teams. What I do on the Busch side helps our team over here on the Cup side and I think the switch will help us.
"We had to do something. No doubt, the No. 29 is the flagship for RCR. I don't think anybody is kidding anybody about that. Everybody knows that. So if it's not performing, then RCR's not performing. We've definitely got to get that going. And when we do, I think the No. 30 and the No. 31 will follow in performance. I don't think it's an easy fix, but we definitely had to do something to make it better."
Has this been a distraction for the No. 30 team?
"I don't think it's a distraction to us. It'll probably be a distraction for the No. 29 and the No. 31 for a couple of weeks - just because of the press - but I don't think it will be for us. It'll be a little bit different seeing Gill and those guys wearing GM Goodwrench uniforms, but I think we'll still be working together like we always have in hopes that we'll be a little bit quicker."
On the qualifying difference between the No. 21 Rockwell Chevy Busch car and the No. 30 AOL Cup Chevy
"Our Cup car should have run as fast as that Busch car and the Busch car would have been on the pole in the Cup race. We had a faster time than anybody here, but it's just probably my feel is a little bit different and I haven't figured that out yet. We just haven't figured out the right set-up for me. Todd and the guys haven't pinpointed what we need to go fast for a lap. I think we pinpointed it pretty good for 400 miles or 500 miles, but we haven't pinpointed it yet for a lap. We're still working hard. We're not going to give up. It's easy to give up. We feel like we're definitely progressing each week. It's just not quite as fast as we want to."