Green impressive in season debut at Nazareth. Mark Green and the Deka Batteries crew had a successful debut at Nazareth Speedway on Sunday as they brought the ...
Green impressive in season debut at Nazareth.
Mark Green and the Deka Batteries crew had a successful debut at Nazareth Speedway on Sunday as they brought the #98 Deka Batteries Ford home safely in 16th in Sunday's Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200.
The team fought problems during happy hour that continued into the beginning of Sunday's race. "We had a lot of trouble in happy hour. The car was really tight at the start of the race, but we kept making adjustments on it to make it better as the race went on," said Green. "It was really good towards the end, and we were able to race with some of those guys. The adjustments cost us track position, so we were never able to get up where we wanted to be. The pit stalls are pretty tight at Nazareth, so we got pinned in our pit a couple of times as well. We finally took the time during one of the last cautions to put in a spring rubber, and that really made the difference we needed."
The adjustments improved the car's handling, and those changes helped Green and the Deka Batteries crew pick up 4 positions in the last 30 laps to finish in 16th. "The best thing about today is we were able to work in this new chassis, and we kept it out of trouble. We learned some things today that we can apply to the Kentucky race coming up, and keeping it in one piece will allow us to just clean it up and make those changes to the chassis to make it even better for next time," remarked Green. "The team worked well together, which is impressive considering we have not been together very long. I am really proud of how these guys kept improving on the Deka Batteries Ford, and kept us on the lead lap all day."
Mark Green and the #98 Deka Batteries crew will next hit the track at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 14th. For more information on Mark Green, please visit his website at www.mark-green.com.
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