BUSCH: Nashville: Round seven preview

Those with Nashville roots looking forward to return DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 6, 2004) -- You might say that David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet) had a pretty good year at Nashville Superspeedway in 2003. He won the season's ...

Those with Nashville roots looking forward to return

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 6, 2004) -- You might say that David Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet) had a pretty good year at Nashville Superspeedway in 2003. He won the season's first race there with a thrilling last-lap pass of Johnny Sauter (No. 27 Kleenex/Scott Brand Products Chevrolet), and then finished second the next time around to Scott Riggs.

Green, who also won at Nashville Speedway USA in 1995, is the only driver who has won at both tracks. The Owensboro, Ky. native also honed his racing skills at the fairgrounds location, in the track's NASCAR Late Model Stock division. As with Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford) and Casey Atwood (No. 14 U.S. Navy Chevrolet), racing at Nashville is always a homecoming of sorts.

As an added bonus for Green's Brewco Motorsports team, Shad Meier of the NFL's Tennessee Titans will be a special guest this weekend. Meier is expected to replace the retired Frank Wycheck at tight end for the Titans in 2004.

"As a team, we are excited to get back home and defend our race win there," said Green, who leads the NASCAR Busch Series standings heading into Saturday's Pepsi 300. "We are off to a championship year, and ... we are focused and determined to win another guitar. It's always exciting to go to our first NASCAR Busch Series stand-alone event. It'll be a barn-burner, I promise.

"This track warrants a good-handling racecar and a fast pit crew. These guys have given me top-five cars each and every race, so the next step is victory lane. We are finally ready to debut our new Chevrolets. The guys have put a ton of hours into these cars, and I really believe that the competition hasn't seen anything yet."

Hamilton leads all drivers with three top-five finishes at Nashville, and is tied with Scott Wimmer in number of top-10s, with four. He's also started in the top five three times, more than any competitor. Still, that first win at the track eludes him.

"This is the race that I always circle on my calendar," said Hamilton. "It's the one race that I always want to win. After coming so close the last few years, and leading every NASCAR Busch Series race at the speedway, I really have a burning desire to pull into Victory Lane and have them hand me the guitar.

"Of course, it's cool to be the hometown guy, but even if this track were on the other side of the world, I would love it. The folks at Nashville did a super job on this track, and it's always fast and challenging, just the way I like tracks. I really believe after last weekend, that we are back on track and ready to win our first race of the year. I know that [crew chief] Harold Holly and the guys will give me a super car. All I have to do is my job, and we can win."

Atwood, at the age of 17, became the youngest pole winner in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series when he set a fast time during qualifying for the 1998 race at his hometown track, Nashville Speedway USA. The next day, in just the second race of his NASCAR Busch Series career, Atwood finished second to winner Mike McLaughlin.

And not only is Nashville home to Atwood, it's also home to his team owner, Armando Fitz, who went to high school at Goodpasture, then played football and graduated from Vanderbilt University.

"Nashville is home to me, so it means a lot that our team performs well there," Fitz said. "You always want to do well in the city where you grew up. My family still lives in Nashville, and I've got tons of friends there. Running well means a lot, but winning, well, that would be incredible."

"I want to do well everywhere we go, but I'd love to put up a good show for my family and Armando," Atwood added. "I'm going to have a lot of friends there, and a good run would mean a lot to us all. The Navy Chevrolet tested at Nashville, but we're going to run with a different car than we took there a couple of weeks ago. We had a good car at Texas, so we're going to try it again."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Casey Atwood , Mike McLaughlin , David Green , Scott Riggs , Johnny Sauter , Scott Wimmer