* Green reaches for 300-start milestone at Charlotte * Minority awards to be presented prior to Charlotte race NEWS & NOTES Green attempts 300th series start at Charlotte ... David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) is slated to make the...
* Green reaches for 300-start milestone at Charlotte
* Minority awards to be presented prior to Charlotte race
NEWS & NOTES
Green attempts 300th series start at Charlotte ... David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac) is slated to make the 300th start of his NASCAR Busch Series career in the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300. The 1994 series champion has eight wins and 21 Busch Poles to his credit -- fifth on the all-time list. He's also tallied 67 top-five finishes and 129 top 10s, including a third-place showing in the series' most recent race at Nazareth Speedway. "It's kind of cool," Green says. "I guess it says I've been fortunate enough to be with some good teams over the years. Not a lot of people have made 300-plus starts. I think it takes a never-give-up attitude and the desire to win and win championships non-stop. 2002 was a bleak year for me, but I never gave up in my search for a team that had the same desire that I did. These guys are the key to me making 300 starts and I hope, as a group, we will celebrate a couple of championships in the next 100 races or so." Green would become the eighth driver in series history to accumulate 300 career starts. Tommy Houston leads the all-time list with 417.
Three to be honored for minority involvement ... Three awards will be presented prior to the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, recognizing a trio of individuals for their contributions to the advancement of minorities in the world of NASCAR. Long-time motorsports executive Sam Belnavis will be recognized by Mark Dyer, vice president of licensing and consumer products for NASCAR, with the Trailblazer Award as an African-American pioneer in the sport. Belnavis Racing is one of five teams to support the inaugural Drive for Diversity program. Belnavis is chief diversity officer of Roush Racing and the former owner of the National Guard's No. 54 NASCAR premier series car. Joe Gibbs, owner of two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and two NASCAR Busch Series outfits, will receive the Access Award. Joe Gibbs Racing is a company that has helped provide access to minorities in the sport, through jobs and education. Finally, Chase Austin, a 14-year-old from Indianapolis, will get the Horizon Award. He is highlighted as a promising minority in the field of racing.
Chevrolet builds on lead in manufacturers' standings ... Chevrolet has built a fairly comfortable lead in the Bill France Performance Cup standings for manufacturers in the NASCAR Busch Series. Chevrolet has eight wins and 94 points following the May 23 win by Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Taco Bell Chevrolet) at Nazareth Speedway, to 71 points and three wins for Ford. Dodge is in third place with 50 points and one win, with Pontiac in fourth, with 49 points so far this year. The standings are determined by a scoring system in which the highest-finishing manufacturer receives nine points, the second-highest gets six, third-highest receives four and fourth-highest receives three.
Keller's team claims Nazareth McDonald's POWERade title ... The ppc Racing crew of Jason Keller (No. 22 Miller High Life Ford) won the McDonald's POWERade Drive-Thru Pit Crew of the Race Award for last Saturday's Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 at Nazareth Speedway.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) finished second last May at Charlotte in his NASCAR Busch Series debut. ... Michael Waltrip (No. 99 Aaron's Chevrolet) has 28 NASCAR Busch Series starts at Charlotte, second to Dale Jarrett's 33 on the all-time list. He's tied with Dale Earnhardt for second in top fives in the series at the track, with 11 each. He's also knotted with Earnhardt and Jarrett for second in series top 10s at Lowe's, with 12 each. Waltrip has two NASCAR Busch Series wins at Charlotte, in May 1993 and October 1999. ... Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) won last fall at Charlotte. He had also won in the fall of 2001 at the facility. In six starts at Charlotte, he has two wins, three top-five finishes and five top 10s. Biffle's 4.6 average finish is the best of any driver with five or more NASCAR Busch Series starts at the track.
"[Lowe's] is home for just about every race team. It's a very difficult track to master, because it seems to change three or four times during the course of a race. Our engine has to be perfect, and our car has to be perfect. But even more important, our ability to change with the track has to be perfect." -- Stacy Compton (No. 59 Kingsford/Bush's Best Baked Beans Ford).
"You have to be fast and you have to adjust for the changing track conditions and the bumps in Turn 4. Fans seem to appreciate just how difficult it is to run well there and that makes it even more special among the NASCAR Busch Series teams." -- Robert Pressley (No. 47 Clorox/Wisk Ford) on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Rob Moroso faced trouble early in the May 27, 1989 Champion's Filters 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when he had to pit on Lap 5 to have a flat tire replaced. He lost a lap, but later regained it and went on to pass eventual 1989 NASCAR premier series champion Rusty Wallace for the lead on Lap 195. It was Moroso's second win in a row at Charlotte, and he would win again in the fall of 1989. Only Mark Martin has a win streak as long as Moroso's in the NASCAR Busch Series at Charlotte.
What: CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 (Race No. 13 of 34 in the NASCAR Busch Series).
Where: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
When: 1 p.m. (ET), Saturday, May 29, 2004.
Track layout: 1.5-mile banked paved tri-oval.
Race length: 300 miles/200 laps.
Posted awards: $1,102,766.
TV: FX, 1 p.m. (ET).
Radio: PRN, XM Satellite.
2003 winner: Matt Kenseth.
2003 polesitter: Kevin Harvick.
Top 10 in points: 1. Martin Truex Jr. 1,803. 2. Kyle Busch 1,772. 3. David Green 1,701. 4. Michael Waltrip 1,677. 5. Jason Keller 1,642. 6. Bobby Hamilton Jr. 1,600. 7. Ron Hornaday 1,521. 8. Robby Gordon 1,485. 9. Greg Biffle 1,460. 10. Jason Leffler 1,424.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Qualifying, 1:35 p.m.; Final Practice, 4-5:00 p.m.