BUSCH: Green wins at Loudon

LOUDON, N.H. - David Green motored past Kevin Harvick on lap 153, and managed not to falter, to score his second win this season. The 45-year-old Owensboro, Kentucky native held off the young guns from the Cup and Busch series to score his seventh career victory. After performing an impressive burnout in the No. 37 Brewco Pontiac, the 1994 NBS champion stage dived into the welcoming arms of his crew.

David Green.
Photo by Tony Johns.
"Our car was good all day," said Green. "We just needed track position. It's so good to have a good race team, Team Brewco.it was good to beat Harvick. I am proud of this team right here, they have rejuvenated my career, and it's been a lot of fun."

"The stickers (tires) were the key," continued Green. "When we put two on, they matched up a little bit better. We struggled yesterday; it was not a good weekend for us. What a great way to turn it around."

Pole sitter Kevin Harvick finished second, after ruling much of the 200-lap event, leading 152 of them.

"My car was really loose on the restarts," said Harvick. "I slipped and he (Green) got by me. Once I got back there and got some heat in the tires, we were a little bit too tight. But it was a good day for the Payday car. The guys did their jobs in the pits, getting us out first.wanted to win, but we got one more shot at it tomorrow."

Harvick looked unbeatable until lap 141, when the No. 43 of Johnny Sauter dusted the No. 21 RCR Chevy to assume the lead. Earlier in the race, Harvick had allowed the No. 43 to make a lap up, after going down one previously in the event. Sauter soon raced to the front of the pack to challenge Harvick for the top spot.

He gained it at lap 141, but it would only be a five lap high for the No. 43 team. When pitting at lap 146, a wreck involving the No. 91 of Ron Barfield while Sauter was on pit road forced Sauter a lap down once more. To further his troubles, a missing lug nut required Sauter to return to the pits on the next circuit. He never recovered, and with 23 laps-to-go Sauter lost the engine on the No. 43 and was done for the day, finishing 25th.

Series championship leader Matt Kenseth crossed the finish line third, after being fairly unspectacular all day in the No. 17 Ford.

"It was kind of an undeserving third place finish," commented Kenseth. "We didn't have a very good car. The guys worked really hard on it, made all the right adjustments, and we got it at least halfway competitive."

Brian Vickers.
Photo by Thomas Chemris.
Brian Vickers driving the No. 5 Hendrick Chevy scored fourth. This is his 11th top ten finish this season.

"We had a good car," said Vickers. "We took four tires there at the end, it was a toss up. And I think it kinda got us. But, hey it was a good points day and that's what we needed."

Scott Wimmer rounds out the top five; marking his sixth top ten result in twenty races.

"Great day," said Wimmer. "We thought we had a little bit more.we had a great day. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come."

The win moves Green into the lead in the series championship. Scott Riggs falls to second after a miscue on pit lane with the No. 10 team relegated him to a 14th place finish.

"I thought I had a right front flat," said Riggs. "I had to pit under green.we just had a miscue. When you make mistakes like that, it costs us. What proves a championship team, is people that can overcome adversity, and come back and still win. That's what makes champions. It was a hard day, it was a bad mistake to make, but we all make mistakes and it won't happen again. We'll come back even stronger next week."

Riggs is now 36 points behind the leader, followed by Brian Vickers, Ron Hornaday and Jason Keller.