Jeff Green On Myrtle Beach: Jeff Green, current points leader and driver of the No. 10 NestlÃ© NesQuik Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch Series, heads to Myrtle Beach Speedway as the defending race winner. â€œMyrtle Beach Speedway reminds me a lot...
Jeff Green On Myrtle Beach: Jeff Green, current points leader and driver of the No. 10 Nestlé NesQuik Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch Series, heads to Myrtle Beach Speedway as the defending race winner.
“Myrtle Beach Speedway reminds me a lot of Nashville in its shape, size and condition,” said Green. “Both tracks’ pavement is wore out, so you have to know how to drive on a slick surface. Since I cut my teeth racing at Nashville, I adapted to Myrtle Beach right from the start.”
“I won the race last year at Myrtle Beach and had a really funny sign waiting for me when I got home,” said Green. “Our neighbors keep our two dogs, Short Track and Vegas, when we are away. I named Vegas after my first NBS win at Las Vegas in 1997, so after I won Myrtle Beach, our neighbors put up a sign in the yard that read, ‘Next dog named Myrtle.’ We don’t have any plans to get another dog, but if we ever do, we’ve got a name picked out for sure.”
Equipment: The NesQuik Racing team is taking the same car to Myrtle Beach that competed earlier this year at Loudon and South Boston where it finished second and first respectively. In 1999, Green produced three poles (Nazareth, Loudon and Memphis) and three wins (Nashville, Myrtle Beach and Memphis) with this car. Of its 14 starts, this car has only finished out of the top-10 twice, once at Richmond in the fall where it led the most laps, but broke an axle at the end of the race and the other time was at Phoenix where it finished 11th.
The Honeymoon Isn’t Over: After they wed in 1991, Green and his wife, Michelle, honeymooned in Myrtle Beach.
“Michelle and I took our honeymoon in Myrtle Beach,” said Green. “We never really got a chance to go to the beach growing up because both of us are from Owensboro, Kentucky and there are no beaches close by, so going there was a big deal. She and I travel to Myrtle Beach a few days early before the race each year for a mini-vacation, so it is like getting to take another honeymoon every year.”
<pre> Jeff Green / Myrtle Beach Speedway Statistics:
Date Start Finish LC/TL Status $Won 07/17/99 29 1 250/250 Running 33,600 06/22/96 6 5 250/250 Running 4,950 06/10/95 1 4 250/250 Running 6,500 06/20/92 16 18 233/250 Engine 1,655 06/22/91 19 30 10/250 Engine 1,184
Starts Poles Wins Top-fives Top-10s LC/TL $Won 5 1 1 3 3 993/1,250 (79.44%) 47,889
</pre> One Statistic Not Included: Although Green has five starts at Myrtle Beach, he actually has six finishes at the .538-mile oval. Green served as a relief driver for Chad Little in 1994 because Little had broken his shoulder in the May Charlotte event. Little started the event and at the first caution, Green jumped in the car. During the driver change, Green almost went a lap down and he had to start at the back of the pack. However, at the end of the night, Green posted a fifth-place finish.
“We could’ve won that event if we had only had about 20 more laps,” said Green. “Everyone was out of pit sequence and we had the fastest car at the end with the newest tires. It would’ve been fun to see what would’ve happened if we had only had those few laps.”