'Wheaties Dodge Has Goals Too' This weekend, Jeff Green and the ...
'Wheaties Dodge Has Goals Too'
This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Wheaties Dodge head to the two-mile California Speedway for Sunday's Sony HD 500. Green's Wheaties Dodge will be racing for a cause this weekend. For each lap that the team completes, Wheaties will donate $43 to "The First Tee," a national organization dedicated to impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Green hopes to raise nearly $11,000 for the cause; that amount could double if we wins the race.
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 Wheaties Dodge driver Jeff Green heading into California :
"It's pretty cool to be driving a Wheaties Dodge this weekend. Growing up, and I think every kid does this, walking down the cereal aisle you made sure you glanced at the front of a Wheaties box. You just had to see who was on the front of the box. I remember always wanting to see what championship athlete or team was on there. It was pretty much of a motivating factor. It really made you want to be a champion. Hey, you could get your face on the front of the Wheaties box- everyone knows that is pretty cool. I was fortunate enough to be a champion in the NASCAR Busch Series. I didn't get my face on the box, but maybe if I can win the Nextel Cup I can lobby the people at General Mills for a cover.
"I bet I could get a big head start by bringing Wheaties to victory lane. I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity. If things don't work out that way I'm still hopeful for a strong run. We are in full support of 'The First Tee' program this weekend. We want to raise as much money as possible, but we can't do that without a good run. If we complete every lap we'll raise nearly $11,000 for the program. I'm pretty confident, that if everything goes the way it should, we will complete every lap.
"We really want more than that. We want to have a good finish and continue moving up in the championship standings. We're not in position to get into the chase, but we can still gain a lot of positions in the final standings. We are really log jammed back there with about six or seven of us trying to get inside the top 25. We have been digging each week to get closer to that point. We definitely have the team and resources to do it. We just need to keep having good runs and improve a little bit on our finishes.
"Hopefully we'll be miles ahead with our car from where we were there in February. Dodge has helped us so much, and they have given us so much information that it's almost like we have a whole new car going into this weekend. We have been updating and improving our cars all season. Dodge has helped, our wind tunnel time has helped, and testing have all been factors in us getting better cars on the track. We had a starting point at the beginning of the season, and I think we are pretty far ahead of that now.
"California is a track a little like Michigan. It's wide and it has a lot of grooves. You can really race side-by-side and not worry about guys running into you. Well, at least we shouldn't have to worry about that. We are still seeing a lot of guys running over each other. The chase coming up, I don't know if we'll see that trend coming to a screeching halt either.
"I hope we have a good, clean race this weekend, but you just never know. There is a lot of pressure on some of these guys right now. That generally produces some over-your-head driving. We'll see what happens. We are trying to win races. We are racing hard, but we're not going to jeopardize anyone else either. We just want the same respect.
"Like I said, it's still important for us to have a good finish. We want to finish out the season the best we can. We want a big finish for everyone at Wheaties this weekend. We have our goals and other teams have theirs. We are all professionals, and we can make this all work. If that happens, this Wheaties Dodge will be looking good on Sunday."