'Always Strong on Flat Tracks' This weekend, Jeff Green and the ...
'Always Strong on Flat Tracks'
This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge head to the one-mile Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500. Green finished 21st in April at the track.
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 Phoenix:
"Phoenix is a great city and one of the best places that we go all season. We really don't get too much time outside our cars, but when we do it's nice to be able to go out somewhere. That's what I like about Phoenix. There are just a lot of cool things to do in Phoenix that we can't do at home in North Carolina. Phoenix is a completely different climate, and it's really an experience we don't see every day in North Carolina. We are out in a desert. We are surrounded by mountains and hills. It's just a beautiful city to go and race. I really enjoy my time in Phoenix.
"I really like it when I have a good car too. We had a decent run in April and hopefully we'll be even better this weekend. The track is really flat, and I really like racing the flat ovals. Growing up racing go-karts you really learn how to drive in hard, use your brakes and then get out of the turn. Those are the basic keys to a flat track.
"I haven't had the luck or the finishes I have always expected at Phoenix, but the other flat tracks, like New Hampshire and Martinsville, I've had some good runs. I really want to get a strong finish at Phoenix. It can complete the puzzle to have a good finish this weekend. I've had great runs at New Hampshire and Martinsville, so hopefully we can put it all together at Phoenix.
"I'm not really sure why I haven't had good luck at Phoenix. It's a great track and really fun to race. It's tricky because it's not a true oval. It's a differently shaped track, but I think we can still get around it. It takes a lot of effort in handling and setting up the car. That is the biggest key. We have had some good Cheerios Dodges the past two races at Phoenix, but we need a little bit more. A little bit, and I think that puts us over that edge from a good run to a great run.
"We can do it too. These guys have worked really hard this season and they never give up on getting the car better. We'll see how the car is when we unload on Friday. We know we can be fast at Phoenix, and hopefully we'll be fast right out of the box. If not, we'll do what it takes to be fast.
"I think everyone on this team wants a good run. We want to close out the season with a couple of good finishes. We have worked just as hard as the guys in the chase. We deserve a good finish and some positive things as we close out this season. This Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team works hard to give me great cars every weekend. I know they will work hard again this weekend too. Hopefully we can pay it off with a strong finish on Sunday."