Mark Green survives Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- In the 18 years that the NASCAR Busch Series has been in existence, there has not been a more famous duo than HMV Motorsports (formerly Hensley Racing) and the Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). The two are originals...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- In the 18 years that the NASCAR Busch Series has been in existence, there has not been a more famous duo than HMV Motorsports (formerly Hensley Racing) and the Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). The two are originals of the series. HMV Motorsports is the only team that has participated full time in the series since it was formed in 1982, while IRP is the host of the only race on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule to have has the same sponsor of all 18 seasons. "Our team has such a history at IRP," commented Jeff Hensley, HMV Motorsports team manager. "In the 18 years that we have been running there we have always run real well. Although our team has had an up and down season, doing well at Indy would give us the confidence we need to finish strong." After struggling in the early morning practice, Mark Green, driver of the Superflo/HMV Motorsports Chevrolet had a lot of ground to make up if he was going to make the evenings Kroger 200. "We have a lot of work to do to the car if we expect to make the race without using a provisional," said Green. "The car was tight in the center and leaving the turns and everything we did to the car didn't help. We will be the eleventh car on the track during qualifying which will put us at a disadvantage, but hopefully the changes we have made will help." Following qualifying, Green would start the Kroger 200 on the inside of row 15 in the 29th position. "The adjustments the guys made to the car before qualifying seemed to work," continued Green. "Starting 29th is not where we would like to be, but it is better than sitting in the stands watching the race." As the race got under way, Green was steadily making his was forward when on lap 59 the second caution of the day came out and the first pit cycle began. Green came into the pits for a routine four-tire stop in the 26th position and left 35th. "We came into the pits to get four tires, fuel and make a chassis adjustment to make the car easier for Mark to drive," explained Hensley. "We made a few mistakes so we had to come back in to correct them which cost us a lap." Now running in the 35th position a lap down, Green had to work extra hard to gain the positions that were lost. Continuing to gain ground, Green made his way to the 31st position when the third yellow of the day came out bringing Green into the pits for the third and final time of the race. "Our second stop helped us get the track position we need to get a strong finish," added Hensley. "We just got right-side tires and fuel and left the pits 25th." The two tire stop gave Green the car he would need to work his way to the front and in the remaining 58 laps, Green gained seven positions, finishing the race 18th. "Taking only right-side tires on that last stop made the car handle better than it has all day," remarked Green. "It freed the car in the center of the turns which allowed me to get through the turns quicker." "I am happy with 18th considering where we were after practice and qualifying.," continued Green. "Had we not had to come into the pit for a second time under the first caution we could have had at least a top-15 car." 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 Truck
Drivers Mark Green , Tim Vargo