(Mooresville, NC) When Jeff Green thunders into Bristol, Tenn. on March 25, 2000 for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division event, it will be only the third time that all three Green brothers have competed against one another at Bristol...
(Mooresville, NC) When Jeff Green thunders into Bristol, Tenn. on March 25, 2000 for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division event, it will be only the third time that all three Green brothers have competed against one another at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The three Green brothers, David, Mark and Jeff, have all been racing from an early age. All of the brothers got their start racing go-karts and at age 37, Jeff is the youngest of the trio. Despite racing since the age of eight, he hasn't competed against his brothers very often in his career.
"This is only the second year that I have competed against my brothers," said Green. "All three of us competed full-time in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1996 and we competed in one Slim Jim All Pro event, I think, back in 1987. So it still is a new thing having all three of us on the track competing together.
"David and Mark are used to racing each other. They are close in age and pretty much always competed in the same series when we were racing go karts as kids. We always were at the race track together as a family, but I always competed in a different class than the two of them."
Green appreciates being able to be involved in a career where he is surrounded by family, but it is very easy to get into trouble at Bristol and that makes himself and his family a little nervous each time he races there.
"Bristol is a race track where things happen very fast," said Green. "It's a lot easier to get in trouble there than compared to other tracks. It is so narrow and so fast that if anything happens in front of you, you're pretty much going to be in it. At Bristol, you can bank that somebody is going to be involved in a wreck and chances are you will be in it.
"I would hate to be involved in wreck with anyone, much less one of my brothers. But it's my mother's worst fear. She has two fears -- she could never handle it if one of us wrecked another and if one of us were battling another for the win. I know both are complete opposites, but she said either one would absolutely kill her to have to watch. I always do my best to keep her happy, so I am extra careful when racing my brothers, but all bets are off when it comes down to the win. Sorry, momma."