Jeff Green On Memphis: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 NestlÃ© Nesquik Ford Taurus, has two poles and one inaugural victory at Memphis Motorsports Park. "I love racing at Memphis, because it gets me back to...
Jeff Green On Memphis: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 Nestlé Nesquik Ford Taurus, has two poles and one inaugural victory at Memphis Motorsports Park.
"I love racing at Memphis, because it gets me back to my roots of short track racing," said Green. "The track is 3/4 of a mile, kind of like Richmond, but both corners are different, so you have to give up handling on one end a little to make the other end better. To be successful at Memphis, you have to have a good handling race car and take care of your brakes. Track position is everything at a short track, but you have to have fresh tires to stay competitive. We've won the past few races on pit strategy and taking on two or no tires, but newer tires mean a lot more on a short track than a bigger one."
"I think it is more fun than racing on the short tracks, because you can take more chances and lay on your neighbor a little bit harder," said Green. "Our Nesquik Racing team has done better at short tracks in the past because you can rely on a good handling race car rather than your motor, like at the bigger tracks. That has what set us apart from everyone else in the past."
Equipment: Green and his Nesquik Racing team are taking the same car to Memphis that competed earlier this year at Loudon (finished 4th), Nazareth (finished 3rd), Milwaukee (finished 9th), IRP (finished 6th) and Richmond fall (finished 22nd).
Short Track Wins: Green is currently ranked second in active, full-time NBS drivers in short track wins at six. Green has yet to post any wins at a short track event in 2001. Kenny Wallace is ranked higher than Green with seven career short track wins.
Jeff Green Appearance: Green will be signing autographs on Beale Street Park in Memphis, Tenn. on Thursday, October 11th from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2000 Memphis event: At this event in 2000, Green was able to clinch the Busch Series championship title by just taking the green flag. Green is still in the hunt for the 2001 championship, in 3rd place, trailing point leader, Kevin Harvick, by 213 points.
Jeff Green Memphis Motorsports Park Notables:
· Average Start = 1st
· Average Finish = 2nd
· Completed 100% of laps run there.
· Has two poles in two starts, holding the qualifying record set on October 28, 2000 at a speed of 120.267mph (22.450 seconds)
· Won the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series event from the pole in 1999.
Lap Leader at Memphis: Of the 500 laps run at the two NBS events at Memphis, Green has led 273 laps (54.6%). He led 94 laps in the 1999 event and 179 laps in the 2000 event.