Charlotte Thursday Notes

UAW-GM Quality 500 Thursday notebook By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 1, 1998) Notes and quotes Thursday leading up to Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: It's been an ...

UAW-GM Quality 500 Thursday notebook By Shawn A. Akers

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 1, 1998) Notes and quotes Thursday leading up to Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

It's been an all-too-familiar scene for Dave Marcis this season. Once again, the driver of the No. 71 Realtree Chevrolet will not be part of the field on Sunday. Marcis, who was 45th-fastest of 48 cars during Wednesday night's Bud Pole Qualifying, couldn't muster enough speed to make the top-36 for Sunday's race during Bud Second-Round Qualifying. He wound up 44th-fastest, with a fast lap of 176.056 mph. This is the 17th time that Marcis has failed to make the field for a race this season. He's participated in only nine races in 1998, with a best finish of 26th in last week's NAPA AutoCare 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

David Green says he'd like to make it back to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on a full-time basis some time soon, and he proved Wednesday night that he can at least qualify well when given the right equipment. Green, who was released from his duties as the driver of the No. 96 Caterpillar Chevrolet earlier this season, qualified for his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race since May 31 when he put the No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet in the 23rd position during Bud Pole Qualifying with a lap of 179.200 mph. "We'd been pretty decent all day long," Green said. "We made some major changes. I'd been loose up off the corner like the spoiler is not quite tall enough. Imagine that. We made some strides to compensate for that, but we didn't go quite far enough. "We should have been a little faster, but I just wanted to make the race. These guys (his crew) have worked hard trying to get the program turned around. The only way you can do that is with a little bit of time." Green's last start in the series was in the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway, when he finished 38th.

Green's younger brother, Jeff, wasn't as fortunate. He was one of the five drivers who were sent home after second-round qualifying on Thursday. The other four were Marcis, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Tony Raines, Andy Hillenburg and Randy McDonald. It's the first race Jeff Green has failed to qualify for since the Bud at the Glen in early August.

Steve Grissom is guaranteed to make his first start in the No. 96 Caterpillar Chevrolet on Sunday. Grissom, released last month as the driver of the No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet, will start 31st after turning a lap of 178.518 mph during Bud Pole Qualifying. Grissom failed to make the field for last Sunday's race at Martinsville in his first attempt in the No. 96 Caterpillar Chevrolet. His last race was the Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He was released from the 41 car after failing to make the field at Dover for the MBNA Gold 400.

John Andretti, the winner of the 1997 Pepsi 400, will sport a different look for this year's 400-miler at Daytona International Speedway. Andretti, who won in '97 driving for Cale Yarborough, will be looking to take the checkered flag this year in the No. 43 STP-sponsored Petty Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix. The STP Pontiac will feature a familiar character, Smokey the Bear, for Daytona's first night race, to help convey a special message. The message is a thank you to the firefighters who helped fight the fires in Florida that postponed the Pepsi 400 in July. In addition, the STP Pontiac will display a unique BASF paint that changes color as the car moves or the observer changes positions. Smokey the Bear will be highlighted with one of BASF's new Extreme Colors, "Extreme Rainbow," which will replace the famous "Petty Blue." "The first idea and paint scheme we had planned looked really good," Andretti said. "It has a really unique look. Now, it makes you feel good, too. I imagine it'll look better under the lights."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Jeff Green , Andy Hillenburg , David Green , Dave Marcis , Randy McDonald , Steve Grissom , Cale Yarborough