BUSCH: Green at the top of tight title battle

Much has been made of Matt Kenseth's huge lead in the Winston Cup title battle, but the more exciting clash is the race for the Busch series trophy. The top five are separated by just eighty points, setting up the tightest margin in series ...

Much has been made of Matt Kenseth's huge lead in the Winston Cup title battle, but the more exciting clash is the race for the Busch series trophy. The top five are separated by just eighty points, setting up the tightest margin in series history.

David Green continues his charge at the top of the Busch series championship, extending his lead to 36 markers over the field after today's race. Green has been embroiled in a heated swap for the top spot with Scott Riggs and Brian Vickers.

"Maybe they can write something about me now," said Green. "You listen to all that pre-race stuff. They say I am no good at Darlington, no good here at Charlotte, and here and there. I've got something to tell them now. I'm with a great race team now. They have already made me good."

Green entered Charlotte with a 21 point margin over Riggs, but Riggs had some troubles at Lowe's Motor Speedway and finished 13th.

"We just didn't have a very good car today," said Riggs. "It was loose getting in the corner at the start of the race and we tried to adjust it but then it got to where it was too free so I couldn't really charge the turns like I needed the car too. Then we got the car to where it was turning too good in the center and I couldn't race like I wanted too.

"When the guys you're chasing (for the title) finish in front of you, it's not a good day.

Riggs slips to third in series standings.

Meanwhile, Brian Vickers who began the day third in rankings moves up on spot to second. Vickers earned a fourth place finish.

"It was a pretty good day for us," said Vickers. "We had a good car that probably could have been a little better. This means a lot. The biggest thing we've got to do is keep plugging away at it. It was a really good point's day for us."

Ron Hornaday and Jason Keller round out the top five in the race for the championship with just five events left to be completed.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jason Keller , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers