Green has momentum for Hickory HICKORY, N.C. (April 8, 1998) After suffering setbacks in four consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division races, Mark Green, driver of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet, is glad to finally have...
Green has momentum for Hickory
HICKORY, N.C. (April 8, 1998) After suffering setbacks in four consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division races, Mark Green, driver of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet, is glad to finally have momentum back on his side heading into Saturday's Galaxy Foods 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
The Owensboro, Ky., resident's racing luck changed in last week's Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway when he led 66 laps en route to a seventh-place finish, his best of the 1998 season.
He hopes to carry that momentum into the Galaxy Foods 300, his 50th career start in the NASCAR Busch Series.
"What a relief it is to finally be able to show the strength of this Timber Wolf race team," Green said. "Since Nashville, we've had nothing but bad luck. The performance was there but the results weren't. It's hard to score a good finish when you get caught up in someone else's mess."
A solid showing does wonders for a driver's and team's confidence level. Green has already noticed a difference in the Timber Wolf team, based in Central City, Ky.
"Knowing we are a strong team and proving it to ourselves is two different things," Green said. "Last week, we proved that we are completely capable of winning races. We now have it in the back of our minds that we can repeat that level of performance in every race."
Green is no stranger to the .363-mile Hickory oval. In last year's event, he scored a solid ninth-place finish. He hopes the combination of his recent success and his vast experience competing on short tracks will launch him to Victory Lane on Saturday.
"We were very strong last year," Green said. "This year, we are bringing a different car, one which has a great track record. We have all the ingredients for a solid finish; momentum, confidence and a motivated team."
The Chevrolet Green will drive at Hickory is named Taz and has a distinguished racing pedigree. In 1995, Taz carried Jason Keller to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory at the Indianapolis Raceway Park. In 1997, Keller drove Taz in seven races resulting in seven top-10 finishes.
The Timber Wolf team recently purchased the car and crew chief Kenneth Campbell -- formerly Keller's top pit man in 1997 -- chose Hickory to make its 1998 debut.
"Kenneth knows the car very well," Green said. "That's one aspect we don't have to worry about. We have so many positives heading into this race, we are all totally pumped up."
Green knows 42 other drivers are also going to be contending for the winner's trophy and the lion's share of the $338,563 purse. He's not worried though.
"I know I'm going to have to do some bumping and banging on Saturday," Green said. "My driving style is smooth but I can beat and bang as good as anyone. If the situation isn't right, I'm not going to tear my car up to take a spot, but I will knock a fender off to win a race."
Source: NASCAR Online