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NASCAR Winston Cup Bud at Watkins Glen Preview: Chevy Notes and Quotes

6 August 1997

 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 Pre-Race Notes & Quotes
 The Bud at the Glen
 Watkins Glen International

Winston Cup rookie of the year contenders have never competed in a Winston 
Cup race at Watkins Glen International, but Mike Skinner, David Green, Robby 
Gordon and Jeff Green are all anxious to tackle the historic 11-turn, 
2.45-mile road course on Sunday. Skinner, fresh off back-to-back top 10 
finishes at Pocono and Indianapolis, leads the rookie of the year race with 
184 points. David Green has 155, followed by Gordon with 142 and Jeff Green 
with 73. Jeff Green has competed in only eight races this season, but rookie 
points are determined by the driver's top 15 finishes.

MIKE SKINNER (#31 Lowe's Monte Carlo) - Skinner has recorded top 10 finishes 
in three of the past eight races. He's been the top rookie finisher in 12 of 
19 races in '97 with a career-best sixth-place finish at Pocono on July 20. 
Skinner also won the pole for both races at Daytona this season. He competed 
in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Watkins Glen last year and led 20 
of 61 laps. He started second and finished third.

DAVID GREEN (#96 Caterpillar Monte Carlo) - David Green has been the top 
rookie in five NASCAR Winston Cup races in 1997. He has plenty of experience 
at Watkins Glen in Busch and scored two top-five finishes in Busch races at 
The Glen. "I know that Winston Cup is a totally different ball game but this 
team has really turned it up a notch over the last few months," Green said. 
"I see no reason why we can't be successful."

Green's car owner, Buz McCall, has plenty of success in his corner at Watkins 
Glen. McCall's Trans-Am teams won four straight titles from 1991-94 and won 
four races from '91-'96 at The Glen with three different drivers.

ROBBY GORDON (#40 Coors Light Monte Carlo) - Gordon won the pole at Atlanta 
this season and finished 14th in that race to lead all rookies. Gordon 
missed four NASCAR Winston Cup races because of burns sustained in the 
Indianapolis 500. A noted road racer, Gordon qualified 18th earlier this 
season at Sears Point but completed only 43 of 74 laps because of engine 

JEFF GREEN (#29 Cartoon Network Monte Carlo) - In only his fifth NASCAR 
Winston Cup start this season. Green qualified seventh and finished seventh 
in the inaugural California 500. David's younger brother led second-round 
qualifying last week at Indianapolis and won a career-high $67,735 for his 
25th-place finish. He's competed in two Busch races at Watkins Glen. "Because 
of the horsepower, there is a big difference between driving a Winston Cup 
car and a Busch car on a road course," Green said. "A Busch car doesn't have 
as much power, so you drive into the turns much harder. In a Winston Cup car, 
you let off the gas earlier going into the turn and get back in the gas 
sooner out of the turn. If you try to drive a Cup car like a Busch car, 
you'll overshoot the corners."

By Chevrolet Motor Division, General Motors Corporation Public Relations