Pocono II: Jeff Green preview

Green Not Hesitant At All To Race Pocono This weekend, Jeff Green and the ...

Green Not Hesitant At All To Race Pocono

This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team head to the 2.5-mile Pocono (Penn.) Raceway for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500. Teams are returning to the triangular-shaped track for the second time in as many months. The first race was marred by tire problems but the track has since made changes to help eliminate the situation.

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 Pocono:

"We're almost racing back-to-back every year at Pocono. We come in June and then turn around and come back in July -- just a few weeks apart. The races are scheduled so close together that it's really the same the race. The track pretty much stays the same. It's still 500 miles, and it's the same time of the day. The races are almost carbon-copies of each other. It makes sense that if you had success the first time around that you'll have another good run this weekend. We had a good run (Green finished 15th) in June, and we're hoping we can be a little bit better this time."

"Pocono is just a long race. I think we can do the same job in 400 miles, but we've got to stay competitive for all 500. It's a long day and a lot of things can happen. I think we saw that in June when guys had problems. I think they had a little track problem over in the 'Tunnel Turn.' They had a bump over there, and a lot of people blamed that for all the tire problems we saw. I'm not sure if that was the exact cause or not, but something was happening."

"You can't prepare for a problem like that. I think that stuff is just an unforeseen misfortune, but it hurt a lot of guys that day. A lot of people wanted to point fingers, but things happen. The track has made some changes, and hopefully we won't see any more problems. You have to give Pocono a lot of credit for making changes that will make the racing even better."

"Pocono is a pretty good race. They don't deserve a bad image for what happened in June. I think we'll have another good race. NASCAR does a good job of keeping safety and racing conditions at a premium. We are always going to have isolated incidents from time to time for whatever reason as long as we race. That's just the nature of the sport, but they are far and few between. There is so much that goes into our sport every weekend that makes us put on a good show for the fans. We rarely run into problems, but when we do they are promptly taken care of. I think Pocono making changes is a perfect example."

"I'm not hesitant to go back to Pocono. We had a good day last month. We had our problems, like a lot of other guys, but we still came back for a good finish. The car wasn't bad, but I think we can get it better. We need to get it better, but our guys are working on it. I think everyone is really asking a lot out of their guys right now. We're really working hard this part of the season."

"We'll all be ready for the weekend off after Pocono. We've been racing pretty hard since our last break. I'm not sure some of us can remember when the last weekend off was. Hopefully this Cheerios team can have a good run this weekend. That will make that weekend off a little bit better."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Green , Richard Petty , Junior Johnson , Felix Sabates