KANSAS CITY, Kan. â€“ Mark Green will be replacing Rich Bickle as driver of the No. 59 Kingsford/Match Light Chevrolet for the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. He is the first of several drivers the team will be looking at in ...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Mark Green will be replacing Rich Bickle as driver of the No. 59 Kingsford/Match Light Chevrolet for the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. He is the first of several drivers the team will be looking at in preparation for the Busch Grand National Series in 2002.
“Rich Bickle has done a commendable job this season, but we have decided to go in another direction for next year,” commented owner Tad Geschickter.
“It was a tough decision, but in the end we feel that we can get a jump on next season by working with a few of our driver choices now. Our hope is that we can use the last several races in 2001 in an attempt to find a driver we can sign for the long-term success of the program.”
Green, a native of Owensboro, Ky. and brother to race drivers Jeff and David Green, began racing in karts and won six state championships.
From 1982 to 1994 he moved into racing in the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series and in Late Models around his Owensboro home. He finished second in the 1988 All American Challenge Series.
Green started his fifth full-time NASCAR Busch Grand National Series season driving the No. 55 Ford for Davis & Weight Motorsports. He started 12 Busch races this season and posted his best finish of 16th at Darlington and Kentucky. Last season he started 30 of 32 races and posted a season best finish of seventh at Talladega.
When asked his thoughts on Kansas Speedway Green stated, “You never know what to expect when you’re on a new track, but from what I hear Kansas is a lot like Kentucky and Las Vegas.
"I watched the truck race there in July and saw a lot of single lane racing at the beginning of the race until they were able to get a second groove. It was pretty typical of racing on a new track.”
Kansas Speedway is the last of four new tracks in which the NASCAR Busch Series will be racing for the first time this season. The 1.5-mile superspeedway located in the country’s heartland opened in June of this year.
The new facility boasts being “fan- friendly” with some of the best sightlines of any circuit in the country. Whether the track will be racecar friendly will be determined after the running of the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday.