Green and Hill ready for The Rock ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 18, 1999) Kodiak Chevrolet driver David Green has fond memories of North Carolina Speedway, the site of this weekend's Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400. It was at Rockingham in the fall of 1994...
Green and Hill ready for The Rock
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 18, 1999) Kodiak Chevrolet driver David Green has fond memories of North Carolina Speedway, the site of this weekend's Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400.
It was at Rockingham in the fall of 1994 where he won the Bud Pole with a record speed and then wrapped up the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championship with an 11th-place finish. Over his NASCAR Busch Series career, Green made some very good runs at Rockingham, posting a number of top-five finishes, but never taking the checkered flag.
In the GM Goodwrench Service Plus 400 last spring at Rockingham, driving for Buz McCall's Caterpillar Chevrolet team, Green qualified third, so Rockingham is a track he likes to run and one on which he feels comfortable. Green will also have a new, albeit temporary crew chief, the veteran Mike Hill, in his pit this weekend.
"We're hoping for the best this week," said the 41-year-old Green. "We didn't get a chance to test at Rockingham, and it may take a little time to adjust to the personnel changes, but we feel the car we will run can be competitive. It's the same No. 41 Chevrolet we ran last fall at Rockingham, and it felt really good then. Rockingham is typically a good track for me, so with some chassis and suspension adjustments, I think we'll be all right."
With team manager Hill now assuming the role of interim crew chief after the re-assignment of Tim Brewer as a team consultant, Green and the No. 41 team are optimistic about their opportunity this week in the Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400 race at Rockingham.
"I've got a lot of faith in Mike Hill taking over as crew chief," Green said. "He has accumulated a lot of experience over the years. He's smart. He has the knowledge and the wisdom about racing this team needs. He knows what it takes to improve and be more competitive. Mike and I get along well, and I'm positive he will make the decisions both at the shop and at the tracks that will sharply upgrade our program."
"In our efforts to improve and become more competitive, we felt like it was necessary at this time to continue to make some changes in personnel," Hedrick said of the change. "Tim did a good job for us, and we're very grateful for the leadership he gave us. We'll still seek his input as a consultant for the team. Mike (Hill) will take over the crew chief duties for the Kodiak team while we make an extensive search for a full-time crew chief."
The team needs to bounce back strong this week after it failed to qualify for the Daytona 500.
"Naturally, as a team we were very disappointed about what happened at Daytona last week," Green said. "As a driver, it was pretty discouraging. You always want to be a part of the Daytona 500. Not making that race set us back a little. We made our best effort, then came the accident in the Twin 125-miler. But we have a bunch of determined guys on this Kodiak team. We know we can rebound. It's still very early in the season. There's a lot of racing left, and we're confident we can increase our performances and have a good season."
Green also initiates his 1999 NASCAR Busch Series program this weekend at Rockingham. He is set to run a Larry Hedrick-owned AFG Industries Chevrolet prepared by NBS team owner James Finch, who owns the Phoenix Racing Chevy driven by Randy LaJoie that won the NAPA 300 at Daytona, in Saturday's ALLTEL 200 event, the start of a planned 15-race schedule for the team on the NBS. Green said the additional laps he gets in the NBS races will certainly add plenty of information about the track and the car set-up that should help with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series effort on Sundays.
Source: NASCAR Online