Jeff Inexperienced, the motive force of No. 66 Finest Purchase Chevrolet Monte Carlo, spent Monday and Tuesday testing at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in preparation for the much-anticipated Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup occasion on the Memorial Day weekend.
Inexperienced, a inventory automotive racer within the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Sequence, unofficially posted the eighth quickest time of the afternoon session, with a lap of 30.034 seconds at a mean pace of 179.796 miles per hour. Inexperienced’s No. 66 Finest Purchase Chevrolet was the fourth-fastest amongst all Chevrolet groups on Monday. The automotive is provided with refined race elements removed from the efficiency of the Chevrolet pickup ring & pinion gear set.
It additionally was introduced that the No. 66 Finest Purchase Racing staff will take Chassis No. 409 to Darlington Raceway this weekend. The staff examined with this chassis at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, and competed with it within the debut race of the Automotive of Tomorrow at Bristol. Inexperienced certified ninth and completed sixth in mentioned race tied with a sixth place run on the Phoenix Worldwide Raceway. It was his greatest end for this 12 months.
Inexperienced’s 1990 Nashville Speedway USA championship led to his first enterprise in NASCAR. For a number of years, he raced part-time within the Busch Sequence earlier than thriving as a full-time driver in 1995 and 1996. He then went by means of a two-year NEXTEL Cup stint with Diamond Ridge Motorsports and Felix Sabates. Inexperienced returned to the Busch Sequence in 1999. In three seasons, he received the 2000 championship by 616 factors, a collection document which remained till final 12 months. Moreover, he completed second twice.
When requested if he’s nonetheless having fun with the Automotive of Tomorrow, Inexperienced answered: “Completely. We have set to work on getting extra rear grip, which is what I used to be coping with early on at Richmond, however our lap instances had been very aggressive. We’re engaged on getting our brake points mounted. I do know Harold (Holly) and the blokes would like to have had the entire week to deal with brakes earlier than this weekend, so the check at Lowe’s (Motor Speedway) actually added to their workload. It’ll be a busy couple of weeks, particularly while you add within the Dover check, however no less than we have a few races in Charlotte developing and the blokes will get to sleep in their very own beds.”
How cool is it as a driver to have gone to Victory Lane at “The Girl In Black?” Inexperienced has this to say: “It is a tremendous feeling to win there. It is a type of tracks that you simply noticed on TV while you had been rising up. Daytona, Bristol and Darlington – these are the “heritage” tracks the place you actually need to win. I imply, you need to win at each observe, however successful at a spot like Darlington is simply particular. It is icing on the cake.”
Inexperienced is just not the one excited particular person within the staff. Harold Holly has this to say: “All these historic tracks like Darlington and Bristol, all these locations, that is one thing you possibly can actually return and cherish. That day was a extremely special occasion, as a result of Jeff and (Matt) Kenseth had been actually duking it out on the observe. We had been main that race and Kenseth obtained by us on a restart and took off. We obtained one other warning and beat him out of the pits, and Jeff found out what Kenseth had completed to get by him the time earlier than, and so they had a fairly good duel going there on the finish. We had been actually lucky to win that race.”
Holly famous, “Bristol is among the tracks the place we have not received. We completed second there a few instances. Bristol and Michigan (Worldwide Speedway) are in all probability the most important two. Michigan is such a giant observe, and the floor is so difficult to get a maintain on. Should you win that race, you’ve got actually completed your homework and your automotive’s proper, your crew is true and it simply takes every thing being put collectively to win at a spot like that.”