|*Indicates best career points finish|
The good: If you've taken a look at the stats posted on this page, you'll understand that this will be a short section. Really, the only good that came out of last season for Green was how quickly he was able to gel with the No. 43 crew because that is what guaranteed him the job for 2004. The season also started on a very good note when Green took the pole for the Daytona 500. When he then finished 39th in that race, it set the stage for what must have felt like the longest season of his career -- despite the fact he didn't even race a full schedule.
The bad: Green was fired by Richard Childress Racing in the middle of the season and then got fired by Dale Earnhardt Inc. after that. He posted an average finish of 25th and never made any real noise after winning the Daytona pole.
Key stat: 26. After two firings, Green only competed in 26 races in 2003.
What needs to be done: A lot. Green, an outstanding Busch Series competitor, has a lot to prove at the Cup level. The 43 team he now drives for has the same task. The team will need to eliminate a lot of the mechanical trouble it has had in recent years and find a way to close the gap in horsepower, also. For his part, Green is going to need to stop finding his way into so many wrecks.
Guarantee: This won't be the career move that launches Green into the spotlight. There are some good drivers still available, so if Green doesn't perform from the start he might not finish the year in this car.
Prediction: Look for Green to compete for a top 25 finish, but anything more will be asking a lot.
Did you know: Jeff, who won the Busch Series title in 2000, and his brother David, who was Busch champ in 1994, were the first siblings to both win major auto racing championships.
Can Jeff Green improve on his one Top 10 finish in '03? Will he finish in the top 25 overall, or is that a pipe dream? Share your thoughts on Green's prospects for 2004.
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