BUSCH: Gateway 'sluggish' for Mark Green

ST. LOUIS, Mo.-Mark Green and his Superflo/HMV Motorsports team hoped to effectively use their three practice sessions to prepare their seemingly new Monte Carlo for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 250. Unfortunately, rainy weather canceled...

ST. LOUIS, Mo.-Mark Green and his Superflo/HMV Motorsports team hoped to effectively use their three practice sessions to prepare their seemingly new Monte Carlo for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 250. Unfortunately, rainy weather canceled Friday action and only allowed a one-hour 'happy hour' on Saturday prior to the main event. When the NASCAR Busch Series finally hit the track around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Green complained that his Superflo Chevrolet was 'tight' going into the turns, making it difficult to get through the turn quickly. The team made several adjustments to the car to combat the handling problem, but it was not until the end of practice that they realized the 'tightness' was being caused by having more front than rear brake. "Throughout the entire practice session the car was tight going into the turns and was smooth in the middle and out," explained Green, driver of the No. 63 Superflo Chevrolet. "Everything we tried to fix the problem didn't help. It wasn't until the end of practice that we discovered that the rear brakes were not working and that the front brakes were doing all of the work." Due to rain canceling qualifying, the field for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 250 were lined-up according to points position and past champions provisional, which left Green starting in the 28th position on the outside of row 14. "Starting 28th isn't all that bad," commented Jeff Hensley, team manager of HMV Motorsports. "If we can stay out of trouble and run consistent laps we can make up ground." Staying out of trouble was the key phrase as Green narrowly avoided a seven car crash only two laps into the race. "I don't think I could have gotten any closer to the wreck without being involved," stated Green. "Coming off of turn two I had to get on the brakes pretty hard to keep from getting into someone. I guess we got a brake." After another caution, seven laps later, the race went green again and would stay that way. Green radioed to his crew that his car was tight going into the turns and loose leaving the turns. On their first pit-stop, Green entered the pits in the 29th position and left in 19th after taking on right-side tires, fuel and making a chassis adjustment. "We went down two turns on the rear track bar during the first stop," continued Hensley. "We thought this would help Mark to get in and out of the turns better, but instead it make the car tighter. All we could do at that point was to wait until the next stop to make more changes." On lap 129, Green came into the pits for the second time, running in the 32nd position. After taking on four tires and fuel, Green left the pits in the 34th position. "The car was the best it had been all day following our last stop," explained Green. With a better racecar, Green was able to work his way to the 30th position before the checkered flag waved. "Thirtieth place isn't that good of a finish for us," added Green. "We didn't run as well as I had hoped to here. Getting only one practice session to prepare for the race was a huge disadvantage for us. We didn't learn as much about the car as we had hoped during practice, which hurt us during the race. But, that's racing." "We head to Indianapolis Raceway Park next week which has always been a good track for me and the Hensley's," continued Green. "Maybe we can turn in a good run there." HMV Motorsports (Hensley Racing), based in Ridgeway, Va., is the only NASCAR Busch Series team that has competed full time in the series since its inception in 1982. HMV Motorsports is owned by Hubert Hensley, along with partners Mac Martin and Tim Vargo.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mark Green , Tim Vargo