BUSCH: Loudon Green/Timber Wolf Racing Notes
United States Cellular 200 Contact: Craig Bailey May 8-10, 1997 (704) 375-8587 Loudon, New Hampshire BrewcoMS@aol.com Mark Green/Timber Wolf ...
United States Cellular 200 Contact: Craig Bailey May 8-10, 1997 (704) 375-8587 Loudon, New Hampshire BrewcoMS@aol.com
Mark Green/Timber Wolf Racing Notes
Crew chief Keith Strunk, returns to action this week after missing the past three races due to illness. Following the Coca-Cola 300 at the Texas Motor Speedway, Strunk spent 10 days in the Madisonville (KY) Hospital receiving treatment for viral meningitis. He followed up his hospital stay with three weeks of rest at his home in Sturgess, Kentucky. "The doctors weren't able to determine my illness but treated me for viral meningitis," said Strunk, "I don't feel 100%, but I couldn't sit at home and watch the races on TV anymore." During Strunk's absence, team consultant Kerry Everly took over the crew chief duties for the Brewco Motorsports team. Everly, of Taylorsville, North Carolina, has over 10 years experience in the Winston Cup Series. "Kerry's experience has been invaluable," said Green. "He has helped our team grow and mature." Everly will continue to work with the team as a consultant through the 1997 season. "We have had terrible luck since Keith got sick. We've been wrecked twice," joked Green. "Maybe his return will change our luck."
In preparation for the May 24 Carquest Auto Parts 300, Mark Green tested the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 5, turning a fast lap of 171.865 mph (31.42 seconds). "We are amazed," said Brewco Motorsports team manager Todd Wilkerson. "Mark's fastest laps would have easily placed him in the race last year even though the engine in the car had already run three complete races. The car handles great and will be even better with a fresh engine." David Green, Mark's older brother and Winston Cup Series competitor, assisted with setups and advice during the test session. "By the end of the session, I was running the same lap times as everyone else," added Mark. "I feel a whole lot more comfortable." Mark has never competed at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
On May 6, the Brewco Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team tested the No. 37 Red Man Chevrolet truck at the Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville, Kentucky. The team will enter eight Craftsman Truck Series events in 1997 with David Green, Mark Green and Scot Walters alternating the driving duties. M. Green and Walters participated in the test. "Mark drove the truck first," said Brewco Motorsports team manager Todd Wilkerson. "He basically ran it to shake it down for Scot who will drive the truck in our first race in Odessa." The first scheduled event for the team is on May 24 at the I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Missouri. The test marked the first time driving a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series truck for both M. Green and Walters. "The trucks have more horsepower than the Busch Series cars but other than that, it was very similar," explained M. Green. Walters, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, has experience in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and competed weekly at the Salem (IN) Speedway for several seasons. In eight 1996 Slim Jim All Pro starts, Walters won two races (Winchester, Indiana and Homestead, Florida) and scored one pole (Louisville, Kentucky). "It felt great," said Walters. "I was expecting a drastic difference between the truck and an All-Pro car, but it felt very similar and comfortable. I'm very pumped up." The No. 37 Chevrolet, with Walters behind the wheel, will test next week at the high-banked Winchester (IN) Speedway.
For the first time in their NASCAR Busch Series career, Mark Green and the Timber Wolf/Brewco Motorsports team competes at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Both Mark, a resident of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Brewco Motorsports, of Central City, Kentucky, have 23 career series starts. "I enjoy racing on a flat track," said Green. "It's what I raced on most of my career." The No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet Monte Carlo Green is driving is named 'Ol Blue'. The car is the original race car built by Brewco Motorsports. It was rebuilt during the off-season and will make its 1997 debut at NHIS.
Cricket Lighters is an associate sponsor on the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Untied States Cellular 200.
Mark Green's 1997 Busch Series, Grand National Division Results
LOCATION START FINISH MONEY WON STATUS LAPS Daytona 44 8 $ 17,850 Running 120 of 120 Rockingham 31 14 4,355 Running 196 of 197 Richmond 37 2 4,820 Running 248 of 250 Atlanta 11 13 5,615 Running 196 of 197 Las Vegas 7 25 14,400 Running 180 of 200 Darlington 10 19 5,855 Running 146 of 147 Hickory 8 9 5,845 Running 300 of 300 Texas 29 34 10,900 Engine 152 of 200 Bristol 14 40 4,000 Accident 49 of 250 Nashville 31 21 4,375 Running 314 of 320 Talladega 17 24 9,430 Running 115 of 117
TOTALS $ 87,245 2016 of 2298 (87.8%)
Mark Green's Busch Series, Grand National Division Career Results
STARTS POLES WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 MONEY WON 23 0 0 0 3 $ 133,825
Best Start: 2nd - Myrtle Beach, SC (June 1996) Best Finish: 8th - Daytona Beach, FL (February 1997) Biggest Purse: $ 17,850 - Daytona Beach, FL (February 1997)