ABINGDON, Va. — Martin-McClure Racing announced Wednesday that former NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Jeff Green will drive the team’s No. 13 Toyota in Friday’s annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West combination race.
Green will be under direction of crew chief Matt Weber for the Casey’s General Stores 150 race weekend.
He was a teammate to MMR co-owners Hal Martin and Eric McClure during their time as drivers at TriStar Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
With the recent passing of TriStar founder Mark Smith, that makes this weekend’s pairing especially meaningful for all three men.
“We’re privileged to add a driver of Jeff’s caliber to our program,” said McClure. “I think that the fact that drivers such as Jeff want to drive our equipment speaks volumes for what we’re creating at MMR.”
“When I was a driver at TriStar Motorsports, Jeff was influential in my career. He filled in after my accident at Talladega and subsequent illnesses the following year … all while encouraging me every step of the way. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank Jeff for everything he’s done for me. I’m glad I can put Jeff in our equipment and that we have a strong shot at winning.”
The Casey’s General Stores 150 will mark Green’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut.
Green is no stranger to NASCAR competition, however. The 54-year-old from Owensboro, Ky. is a veteran of 745 NASCAR national series races, including 16 wins and 23 poles in the XFINITY Series in addition to his title run in 2000.
“This upcoming race at Iowa Speedway is one of my favorites of the season,” added Martin. “I’ve raced at Iowa Speedway in the XFINITY Series several times. The track facility is beautiful, and the racing is always very competitive.”
“I’m excited to be on the same team with Jeff Green again. There’s no denying that our experiences at TriStar Motorsports were the catalyst to where Eric and I are now. As teammates, we formed a friendship and from that friendship, a vision for MMR was realized. This week, Jeff, Eric, and I are going to race for our TriStar Motorsports team owner Mark Smith and his family. Mark wasn’t just a team owner, he was a leader, an advice giver and a friend. I’ll miss him dearly.”
CREDIT: Martin-McClure Racing