BUSCH: Jeff Green Talladega preview

Jeff Green Fast Facts Talladega Superspeedway -- April 21, 2001 Jeff Green On Talladega: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus, knows there are risks involved when racing at ...

Jeff Green Fast Facts
Talladega Superspeedway -- April 21, 2001

Jeff Green On Talladega: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus, knows there are risks involved when racing at superspeedways like Talladega.

"There is definitely a risk to superspeedway racing," said Green. "When you start stacking people up side-by-side, the danger risk goes up. The track is only so wide and very little handling that comes into play; it is all speed. That tends to make it four or five wide at times and you are certainly on edge all day. Racing at Talladega is such a mental game for the driver. It is extremely taxing. You have to have a fast and great handling car to get to victory lane, but the driver has make smart choices all day long or you won't be around at the end of the day."

Green and Safety Update: Green will begin using a new piece of safety equipment at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend called the Hutchins device. Bobby Hutchins, General Manager at Richard Childress Racing, developed the device. It is a head and neck restraint system made to protect the head and neck area in a forward impact crash, but the device is not a limiting as the HANS device.

"The purpose of this device is to keep my head from falling forward in a front impact crash," said Green. "Hopefully, I'll never be in a situation where it will need to be used, but I feel it is a good thing to have. If I ever have to use it, I feel it will be just as safe at the HANS device. The great part of this device is it is extremely comfortable for me. I tried the HANS device and I could never feel comfortable with it. It was so restricting. With the Hutchins device, I don't even know I have it on. The HANS device limits my head movement to turn side to side, which ultimately, limits my capabilities to drive the race car, which doesn't work for me."

Equipment: Green and his Nesquik Racing team are bringing a fairly new car to Talladega this weekend. The car has only competed in one event, which was Daytona at the beginning of the year, where it qualified 14th and finished fourth.

"I think we have a great shot at winning, because this is the same car we brought to Daytona and we had a shot at winning there," said Green. "NASCAR took away some of the spoiler the Pontiacs had in Daytona, so I think that will make the playing field a little more even. We were just as good as any Chevrolet team out there, so I think all three car makes will be more equal this time."

Harold Holly Homecoming: Harold Holly, crew chief for the No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus, was born and raised in Pell City, Alabama. Harold first started working on race cars when he was eight years old at the Talladega Short Track. Holly has one win at Talladega. He was crew chief for Chad Little when Little won in the Busch Series at Talladega in 1995. <pre> Jeff Green / Talladega Superspeedway Statistics:

Date Start Finish LC/TL Status $Won 04/15/00 4 5 113/113 Running 29,875 04/24/99 20 17 112/113 Running 16,175 04/26/97 9 3 117/117 Running 24,225 07/27/96 29 14 117/117 Running 8,755 07/22/95 4 12 113/117 Running 11,005 07/24/93 39 42 2/117 Engine 3,200

Starts Poles Wins Top-fives Top-10s LC/TL $Won 6 0 0 2 2 574/694 (82.7%) 93,235

NASCAR Busch Series Cumulative Results

Starts Wins Poles Top-fives Top 10s Winnings 187 11 17 63 90 $4,250,176 </pre> Wins: Las Vegas (3/15/97); Nashville (4/03/99); Myrtle Beach (7/17/99); Memphis (10/31/99); Richmond (5/05/00); South Boston (6/10/00); Myrtle Beach (06/17/00); Milwaukee (07/02/00); Pikes Peak (07/22/00); Rockingham (10/21/00); Darlington (3/17/01) <pre> 2001 NASCAR Busch Series Results

Date Track Start Finish LC/TL $Won February 17 Daytona Beach, FL 14 4 120/120 58,200 February 24 Rockingham, NC 5 8 197/197 19,950 March 3 Las Vegas, NV 13 5 200/200 39,000 March 10 Atlanta, GA 21 4 203/203 33,100 March 17 Darlington, SC 13 1 147/147 68,059 March 24 Bristol, TN 18 38 76/250 17,525 March 31 Ft. Worth, TX 2 32 157/200 23,695 April 14 Nashville, TN 2 8 225/225 25,650

2001 NASCAR Busch Series Totals

Starts Wins Top-fives Top 10s Poles Outside Poles Earnings 8 1 4 6 0 2 $285,179

Points Standing: 4th, 178 points behind leader, Kevin Harvick

-Tailwind Sports

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