Green hopes paint scheme is

"Lucky Charm¿ at LVMS


No. 43 team looks for a little extra

with Lucky Charms Dodge


Driver Jeff Green knows a few extra breaks here and there would sure come in handy when the NASCAR Nextel Cup series reaches the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway next week.


¿If there¿s any place that a little extra luck could make the difference, it¿s Las Vegas,¿ the Owensboro, Ky., native said. ¿There couldn¿t be a better place for us to run the Lucky Charms Dodge and we¿re hoping it¿ll give us the edge we¿re looking for on the track.¿


Green will drive the #43 Lucky Charms Dodge throughout the Las Vegas weekend for Petty Enterprises. Lucky Charms is among the popular cereal brands made by the 43 car¿s primary sponsor General Mills.


¿Maybe this will give us a little extra advantage,¿ he laughed. ¿All I know is that winning at Las Vegas would, for sure, be ¿magically delicious.¿¿


Prominently featuring Lucky the Leprechaun on the hood, sides and rear, the Sam Bass-designed Lucky Charms Dodge has a red background with Lucky Charms rainbow colors as accents. The design also showcases the cereal¿s famed marshmallows and trademark rainbow.


¿Having some of the Lucky Charms luck rub off on us would be great, and having Lucky the Leprechaun on the car close to St. Patrick¿s Day can¿t hurt either,¿ Green laughed.


¿This #43 team has been moving forward this season,¿ Green said. ¿We¿ve seen some pretty good moments at Daytona and Rockingham, and we think we¿re going to be pretty good at Las Vegas.¿


The #43 was strong at Las Vegas last season, qualifying sixth and finishing 18th.  Jeff Green, driving for another team, qualified 14th in that same race a year ago, and was among the contenders before handling problems dropped him back to 27th.