'Two Years of Testing Looking to Pay Off ' This weekend, Jeff Green and the ...
'Two Years of Testing Looking to Pay Off '
This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge head to the .526-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Sunday's Subway 500. Green started 10th and finished seventh in last year's Subway 500. He qualified 14th fastest this past April and finished 22nd. Green and the team completed a two-day test at the track last week.
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 Martinsville:
"We are looking forward to Martinsville. I don't know why, but it seems like Petty Enterprises, and this Cheerios team, always have good runs at the track. It feels good knowing that you're going to a track where you have had some success in the past. We had a really good run at Martinsville last season. We finished seventh and hopefully we can improve on that this weekend.
"We're prepared. We spent two days testing and we think we have a good package for Martinsville. We can definitely build off what we did last year, and we qualified and had a good car there in April. We got run over during the race, but it wasn't our fault. We still had a good car. We have had some good cars at Martinsville the past two years, and the information we gathered testing is only going to make us better.
"You prepare and work so hard to get ready for each race every weekend but still anything can happen to you. That's especially true at a place like Martinsville. There are times when it doesn't matter if you have the best car or not. You can get wrecked so easily at Martinsville. The last few years we've had some great cars, but we've been spun or something else happened. We have even been wrecked sitting on pit road. Sometimes, there is just nothing you can do about it. Everyone is vulnerable for the same problems. You hope you can get some luck on your side.
"I still like our chances of a good run. We've tested for this race the past two years. I know we have a good package. The brakes are going to be out biggest challenge. They get really hot at Martinsville and everyone has brake problems. If we can keep our brakes in good shape then we will be there at the end.
"The track is still pretty good. It has that mix of concrete and asphalt, but that really doesn't cause any problems for us. The concrete in the turns help keep the track consistent. You don't really slide unless you are having braking problems. We worked on a lot of things in the test session, and handling was one of them. We have a good setup.
"It really gives us a head start, and that's what you need. It's tough to pass, and you don't want to be stuck in the back. Last year we qualified up front and stayed there all day. That's what we want to do this weekend. This Cheerios/Betty Crocker team is well prepared and we're hoping for a good day on Sunday."