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NASCAR Media Tour Day 4 -  Haas CNC Racing Announcement
by Pete McCole

January 26, 2006

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Best Buy sponsors Haas CNC Racing
Pete McCole

The 23rd Annual NASCAR Nextel Media Tour concluded on Thursday with a breakfast hosted by Haas CNC Racing, who presented their new sponsor and driver for the 2006 season.

Jeff Green will pilot the no. 66 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Best Buy, who will serve as primary sponsor for the car for a minimum of 12 races during the upcoming season.

“This is really good news for me and our team,” said Green, the 2000 Busch Series champion. “Joining Best Buy Haas CNC Racing was a real thrill for me. We have the makings of a very good team. With Bootie (Barker) as my crew chief, and a terrific crew and equipment to work with, I know I’m going to have a good year.”

Green, who spent the last two years driving for Petty Enterprises, has been testing with the team since leaving PE at the end of last season, becoming the fourth full-time driver in the four-year history of the team. The move reunites Green with Harold Holly, crew chief of Haas CNC’s Busch Series team who served as Green’s crew chief during his Busch Series championship run.

“My contract was up at the end of last year, and I waited on Kyle (Petty) for an answer on a new deal, but to be prepared for this year I had to get myself working on finding something on my own,” said Green. “By August I had to make a decision and (Petty) hadn’t gave me one yet, so just started looking and the more I thought about it and the more I looked into Haas I liked what I was seeing, and having Harold (Holly) and Bootie really gave me a lot of confidence.

“Everyone that I’ve seen at that shop since I’ve been there has an eye for winning and being competitive and that’s what I’ve missed or the last couple of years.”

Under the new testing rules for 2006 limiting all teams to just six scheduled tests, Barker believes single-car operations such as theirs could benefit the most.

“You look at a team like Roush, with five two-day tests, four one day tests, and then you got five cars. That’s 45 tests. There’s only 36 races, so what they could do is cover every track with a car in their stable,” said Barker. “With a single car team, you only had nine tests – last year. This year, you have six tests and all the teams have to go to the same place.”

Haas CNC Racing recently began construction on a new 140,000 square-foot facility in Kannapolis, N.C. to house their Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams.

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