Jeff Green On Nazareth: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 NestlÃ© Nesquik Ford Taurus, is the defending pole winner at Nazareth, but still has yet to cross the finish line first. "Nazareth is not your...
Jeff Green On Nazareth: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 Nestlé Nesquik Ford Taurus, is the defending pole winner at Nazareth, but still has yet to cross the finish line first.
"Nazareth is not your ordinary oval, because it is a five corner race track," said Green. "The five corners makes it a little harder on a driver mentally than on the true ovals. You strive every lap to hit your marks in each corner and Nazareth throws one more corner in there that you have to think about. Track position is really important as well as having a good handling race car. The preferred line is at the bottom, so you need to have your car handling great to stay down there all day because it is hard to pass on the outside."
Top-Fives: With his top-five finish at Loudon, Green posted his seventh top-five finish of 2001, which currently leads the series. He now sits ninth on the list for career top-fives, with 66, in the Busch Series.
2000 vs. 2001 comparison: After 12 events, Green has posted almost the exact same numbers as last year.
Year Wins Top-fives Top-10s Poles Outside Poles Points Position 2000 1 8 9 3 0 1st; 83 points ahead of Todd Bodine 2001 1 7 10 0 3 2nd; 56 points behind Kevin Harvick
Equipment: Green and his Nesquik Racing team are taking the same car to Nazareth that competed last weekend at Loudon. The car was brand new prior to its debut at Loudon and it qualified second and finished fourth there.
Jeff Green Nazareth Notables:
· Green currently holds the track record for qualifying set in 2000 at 132.404 mph (27.190 seconds).
· Green has won the pole at Nazareth for the past two years in a row. Last year, his brother, David Green, qualified second, making it a "Green Brothers" front row.
· No driver in any series at Nazareth Speedway has won more than two poles. Green is only one of two drivers (Green and David Green) capable of earning their third Nazareth NBS pole.
· In eight starts at Nazareth, Green's average start is 8th and his average finish is 10th.