Jeff Green On Chicago: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 NestlÃ© Nesquik Ford Taurus, shares his thoughts on the new Chicagoland Speedway. "Chicagoland is a lot like many of the 1.5-mile racetracks, ...
Jeff Green On Chicago: Jeff Green, 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and driver of the No. 10 Nestlé Nesquik Ford Taurus, shares his thoughts on the new Chicagoland Speedway.
"Chicagoland is a lot like many of the 1.5-mile racetracks, like Kentucky, Las Vegas and Nashville," said Green. "The one characteristic that makes it different than those other three is that it has a lot of grip. Having a lot of grip is important because it makes your car stick to the track, however when you race on a slicker track, the better handling cars wind up at the front. Everyone's car will handle better because all the cars will have so much grip, so the focus then becomes track position."
"The track is really fast, but it is not real wide, which should make it real interesting trying to race on it," said Green. "A lot of the tracks we go to are wide, so this will be a little bit different. If I had to liken this track to any track we race on, I'd have to say Kentucky. It just has more banking than Kentucky."
Equipment: Green and his Nesquik Racing team are taking a fairly new car to Chicago. The car has only competed once before, earlier this year at California where it qualified fourth and finished third.
Stats on inaugural events: Green currently has the most wins at inaugural events since 1995, with two wins: one at Las Vegas in 1997 and one at Memphis in 1999.
Crew Member Homecoming: Scott "Budman" Kircher, transporter driver and front tire carrier, on the No. 10 Nesquik Racing team, hails from Mapleton, IL, located approximately 2 hours Southwest of Joliet, IL.
"I got my start in racing working on a dirt track car driven by a local guy named Steve Lance," said Kircher. "We lived in the country, so my mom would drop me off at his shop on her way into work starting about when I was nine years old. I worked with him on dirt cars until I was 17 and moved from away from Mapleton. My most memorable racing experience from that time was when Steve was going to race in Missouri for a two night show, so I packed my clothes in a brown paper bag and left town with him. I called my mom from Missouri and to tell her where I was. It wouldn't have been such a big deal, except that I was 12 years old at the time."
Double Duty: Green continues his tour of double duty with the No. 30 AOL Chevrolet on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit with Richard Childress Racing. This is the third of the seven scheduled races for Green in that car. The remaining races are: Indianapolis, Bristol, Richmond and Charlotte.
Chicago Testing: Although Green did not test his Busch car at Chicago, he did test the No. 30 NWC car on Tuesday, June 26th and Wednesday, June 27th. Green's NBS teammate, Jason Keller, tested at Chicago for ppc Racing.
"Because I tested there in the Cup car and Harold Holly went to the Busch test with Jason (Keller), I think our setup will be pretty much dead on when we unload the car," said Green. "All the other teams have those four hours on Thursday to make themselves better, so I'm not sure if we'll be able to be too far out in front of everyone else, but I hope so. I'm hoping that the testing I did there will help in the end because I'll have logged more laps around the speedway than some of the other competitors. Hopefully, running both series this weekend will help this also."
On the Season Thus Far: Green comments on the problems the Nesquik Racing team has encountered over the past four races.
"We just have stubbed our toes these past few weeks," said Green. "We've beaten ourselves. We have proven that we had the best car at several of those races, however we messed up. Whether it was me or someone else, we just have to regain our focus and move forward. Address the issues and make the changes. We won't change our goals in trying to win each practice, qualifying and the race each weekend, however, there will have to be a big turnaround in points for us to win another championship this year. We weren't able to take risky chances to win races last year, we may be able to be a little more aggressive in taking that chance to win a race now."