Avoiding the Waterfall Effect at Dover This weekend, Jeff Green and the ...
Avoiding the Waterfall Effect at Dover
This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team head to the one-mile Dover (Del.) International Speedway this week for Sunday's MBNA America 400. Green will be making his 10th Nextel Cup start at the speedway with a career-best 13th-place finish on the concrete oval. He will also be racing in the Busch Series event on Saturday before Sunday's MBNA America 400 on Sunday.
Green is the only driver to have raced for the sport's biggest names. Throughout his career, he has driven for Cup's most legendary names, such as Junior Johnson, Felix Sabates, Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt, and now Richard Petty. Green is in his second full season driving the legendary Petty Enterprises #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge. The 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National champion, he holds the record for the largest point's margin after winning the championship by 616 points. He is also a two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup pole winner, winning poles at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and the pole for the 2003 Daytona 500.
The thoughts of #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker driver Jeff Green heading into Dover:
"A good run at Dover for us, for anyone, is avoiding the accidents. Dover is just like a waterfall. Everything is falling down and washing away at the bottom. That's what Dover is all about. That is what the accidents are all about.
"If you see a single-car wreck at Dover, it must be qualifying.
"That is all because of the banking. The banking is really steep, all the way around the track, and in nearly every accident the cars are falling from the top to the bottom of the track. That's one of the biggest concerns at Dover. It's hard to avoid a wreck if it's happening right in front of you. There is a pretty high percentage rate that if one car spins at Dover three or four others are going to be collected too. That's the toughest part of Dover.
"It's still a good track, and it's super-fast for a one-mile oval. The concrete, and really the banking make it the fastest one-mile oval that we race on. It's good racing too. We can race side-by-side there, and I think we put on a good race at Dover. You just can't control some of the things that happen when guys start to wreck in front of you.
"The attrition rate at Dover is usually pretty high. I've seen some pretty good wrecks at Dover. An innocent spin at any other track can quickly turn Dover into a parking lot. That's the excitement of Dover. It's not as bad as a place like Bristol because at Dover we get separated a little bit more, but not by much. A wreck at Dover is still going to be pretty big. If you can avoid the wrecks and stay out of trouble, you're probably going to have a good finish.
"I'm looking forward to Dover. I'm racing the Busch race on Saturday, and I think that will help with the setup for our Cup car. Dover is all about being stuck down there to the bottom and having a good handling car. I think having more track time with the Busch car, and vice versa, will really help us along with both cars. It's not going to hurt us by racing on Saturday, and it really should be a big advantage.
"We're hoping that we can learn a lot on Saturday and transfer that to Sunday. Dover is a lot about handling -- especially having a good handling car on long runs too. The added track time and race time will help us get this Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge setup for a good run on Sunday. It's only going to help us by racing on Saturday.
"We'll see what we have when we get there on Friday. The guys back at the shop have really been working hard to get the balance right with these new Dodge Chargers. We've come a long way since Daytona. It's still a challenge, but we're hoping that we'll have a good Cheerios car this weekend."