Petty Scene Stays Green

LEVEL CROSS, N.C. - Jeff Green will drive the No. 43 Dodge in 2004 for Petty Enterprises, Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises, announced on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old Green, a native of Owensboro, Ky., first drove for Petty at the tough one-mile Dover (Del.) International Speedway, and knocked down a 16th-place finish.

Green finished the season with Petty Enterprises, developing a rapport with crew chief Gary Putnam and the rest of the team, and helping develop strong morale.

"We just kind of clicked," Green said. "Gary and those guys have a lot of knowledge and experience, and we communicated well from the very beginning. Having those races together this past season should help us a lot as we start 2004.

"I am excited to be part of Petty Enterprises, to drive the famous number 43, but most of all, to be working with some very talented people."

Petty said he was excited as well.

"As Jeff spent more time in the car, and as he and Gary and the Cheerios guys worked together, it started to become pretty obvious he was the best choice we could make for a driver," Petty said.

"He knows how to win races and he knows how to win championships. We feel we can give him the people and equipment he needs to be successful, and we're looking forward to a great relationship."

Green goes into the 2004 season-opening Daytona 500 as the defending pole award winner, and is eligible to compete in the Bud Shootout of pole winners from the 2003 season.

He has completed two full seasons of NASCAR Cup racing, notching four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes over the past two years, as well as winning $5.2 million.

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