Mark Green, Brewco part for 1999 CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (Sept. 29, 1998) Change has always proven to be a plus for the racing Green brothers from Owensboro, Ky., and "middle" brother Mark Green hopes that's what the future holds for him after the ...
Mark Green, Brewco part for 1999
CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (Sept. 29, 1998) Change has always proven to be a plus for the racing Green brothers from Owensboro, Ky., and "middle" brother Mark Green hopes that's what the future holds for him after the 39-year-old NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division veteran and Brewco Motorsports "mutually agreed to part company" at the end of the 1998 season.
Green, who has made all 68 of his starts in the series for team owner Clarence Brewer Jr., is 13th in the standings driving Brewco's No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet, heading into Saturday's All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He said he is considering all options after being cast into what amounts to a sea of varying degrees of talent fishing for a ride for 1999.
"Mark has done a tremendous job over the last four years with Brewco Motorsports," Brewer said. "He is a solid driver, a good friend and also one of the best sponsor representatives in NASCAR racing.
"Mark and the entire Brewco Motorsports organization has worked hard to put the No. 37 Timber Wolf car in the winner's circle. Maybe the chemistry was just not there. This was a very difficult decision to make. I consider Mark a good friend, but the change is necessary to benefit all involved.
"We are announcing this to allow Mark the opportunity to land a quality ride while some are still available. If any team wants to ask my opinion of Mark, I'll give them my endorsement of him not only as a driver, but also as a person."
While the language sounds reminiscient of Ted Musgrave's separation with Roush Racing on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, there is no immediate replacement in the wings for Brewer's team.
The driver of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet for the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series season will be announced at a later date, along with the sponsor's long-term intentions.
"We've spent four years and two full seasons together but, as a team, have not progressed as we should have," Green said. "Hopefully, this change is the best for everyone involved.
"With the announcement of my plans to leave Brewco Motorsports, I'm available for the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series season. I have much to offer both on the track and off. My goal has always been to win races and to promote a positive image for my sponsors and that has not changed."
Green comes from a family rich in racing tradition and, consistent with the vagaries of the business, travails. His older brother David, the 1994 NASCAR Busch Series champion, currently drives the No. 36 Stanley Tools Pontiac in the NASCAR Busch Series after being released earlier this season as the driver of the Caterpillar Chevrolet on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series; while his younger brother Jeff drives the No. 46 The Money Store Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, after his ride in the No. 29 Diamond Ridge Chevrolet went away due to lack of sponsorship.
"Over the years, my brothers have made many changes in racing," Green said. "Nearly every time it has proved to beneficial to their careers. The decision to part with Brewco was difficult because they are like family, but changes were necessary."
Brewco Motorsports also fields the No. 37 Red Man Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with driver Scot Walters and will field a NASCAR Busch Series team for driver Casey Atwood in the 1999 season.
Source: NASCAR Online