LEBANON, TN - David Green passed Johnny Sauter on the final lap of the race and brought his No. 37 Pontiac to victory lane. It is Green's sixth career victory and first since June 1996 at Myrtle Beach. "I had to call on my car again, Green said.
LEBANON, TN - David Green passed Johnny Sauter on the final lap of the race and brought his No. 37 Pontiac to victory lane. It is Green's sixth career victory and first since June 1996 at Myrtle Beach.
"I had to call on my car again, Green said. "And my car didn't let me down all day long. I was able to drive up underneath those guys."
"I don't think it's really set in yet, I'll probably jump up and down later on. I'm pretty reserved. They wanted me to do a burnout, but I didn't want to tear my car up. Those things cost a lot of money, and we want to run that car here."
Green maneuvered around the No. 21 RCR Chevy of Johnny Sauter on the backstretch with half-a-lap left on the white flag lap. Sauter, who gambled on fuel mileage to inherit the lead on the races final pit stops, was unable to fight off the hard-charging Green. Sauter finished second.
"Our Payday Chevrolet wasn't as good as we thought it was going to be," Sauter admitted. "All in all, a good day for us. We had a tenth-place car and we got a second place out of it.
"So, we'll just go on."
Ashton Lewis, Jr. grabbed third while 2002 Craftsman Truck Series champion Mike Bliss scored fourth.
"We've had great cars all year," said Lewis Jr. "We've had top-ten race cars and just haven't been able to bring it home. We battled back from a bad pit stop early on, just kept out heads down and kept digging."
David Reutimann lands his career best NBS result, in fifth.
"I gotta thank Cellular One for taking a chance on me," said Reutimann. "Because every time you see that car - it's out front. I think we were pretty good today, we just missed it by a little bit."
Pole sitter Randy LaJoie's day was cut short on lap 105, when a lapped car made contact with the No. 7 Chevrolet sending LaJoie into the turn three wall.
"I got quarter-paneled by a lapped car," said LaJoie. "This Kleenex Chevy was good. We had a good race car. The guys did a great job preparing the race car at the shop, (we) got off the truck and we were fast; got the pole.
"We were very competitive here today..we ain't even half way yet. I saw them splitting that lapped car down the backstretch and I didn't know if I wanted to go low or high. The lapped car whistled in there and pushed up and left reared me."
LaJoie finished 32nd.
Championship points leader Todd Bodine retains the top spot, with his 13th place finish. Bodine now sits 87 points ahead of second place Ron Hornaday. David Green, Mike Bliss, and Shane Hmiel round out the top five.
This is the first race that a Busch series regular has won all season; Winston Cup regulars have won the previous seven events.