BUSCH: Green wins thriller at Kansas

BUSCH: Green wins thriller at Kansas

David Green jumped into the lead on the final green-flag lap of Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday to claim victory in the race. The win moved Green into the Busch Series points lead, 21 ahead of Scott Riggs. David ...

David Green jumped into the lead on the final green-flag lap of Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday to claim victory in the race. The win moved Green into the Busch Series points lead, 21 ahead of Scott Riggs.

David Green.
Photo by Thomas Chemris.
Bobby Hamilton Jr. paced the field for the last-lap restart, but Green went low and passed him as they crossed the start-finish line for the final circuit. Greg Biffle tried to follow Green, but made contact with Hamilton, sending the #25 Marines car into the turn 1 wall.

"I about ran into Bobby Jr. on the restart," said Green, who picked up his third win of the season and first since New Hampshire in July. "I almost ran smack into the back of him.

"We've had some problems, but bounced back," added Green, who finished 31st at Dover in the last race. "What a great effort. We did it."

Hamilton was leading the race and jumped the restart on lap 118. He was black flagged and nearly lost a lap, but rallied back to the front of the pack. He ended up with a 19th-place finish after the wreck on the final lap.

"We just took off and it just fluttered on me," Hamilton said about the last-lap restart. "It wouldn't go. I saw (Green) jump down the inside and I just got hit."

Michael Waltrip started on the pole and led 140 laps before his right front tire blew with five laps to go, sending him into the wall and bringing out the final yellow flag.

"It started shaking the lap before that," Waltrip said. "I should have just pulled over. I told them on the radio that I had a tire going down. I didn't slow down enough."

Brian Vickers, who came into the race as the points leader, finished 32nd and plummeted to third in the championship standings, 46 points behind Green and 25 behind Riggs, who finished 13th.

"We tried some things that we haven't tried before," Riggs said. "I don't know if that's the reason, but our car was loose if anyone was around me. We had good pit stops and good calls to put ourselves in position to have a good finish and we just didn't have the car to capitalize on it."

Hank Parker Jr. earned his best finish in five Busch Series starts this year. He qualified 12th in the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned # 8 Chevrolet and worked his way to a fifth place finish.

Kevin Harvick (second), Biffle (third) and Jason Keller (fourth) rounded out the top 5 and NBC analyst Wally Dallenbach, who was making his second Busch Series start of the season, finished 17th.

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