Mark Green wants to join brothers as a Bristol winner. Mark Green started this season in the spotter's stand. At Bristol in March he was behind the wheel in a race for only the second time since the previous October. He had run in the Top...
Mark Green wants to join brothers as a Bristol winner.
Mark Green started this season in the spotter's stand. At Bristol in March he was behind the wheel in a race for only the second time since the previous October. He had run in the Top Five for almost a quarter of the 250-lap race and was looking at his first Top Ten finish since September 2001, at Kansas Speedway.
Then on lap 248, with two to go, he was hit and made a slow spin off turn one. He slid to a stop in turn two and was then T-boned by Larry Foyt's car hard into the drivers side number. The lower area of the cockpit around the pedals was compressed around his left ankle, trapping him in the car for over twenty minutes after the race had ended. His mother, Jane Green, stood on pit road watching her youngest son Jeff drive into Bristol's new victory lane, while middle son Mark was being cut from his car.
"The race had gone well for the most part, but the conclusion wasn't so great," said Mark Green. "We had done pretty good for me being out of a car for so long and driving only my second race with Akins Motorsports." He was checked over at a local hospital for a concussion, but was diagnosed with only a bruised ankle.
Mark Green comes into this Bristol race with a number of starts for Akins Motorsports over the summer and a front row start in his last race, July 27 at Colorado. He tested at Bristol for two days, August 12 and 13, with two different cars. "We ran the car we qualified so well with at Colorado and it did the same thing it did there, got loose on long runs. Then we ran the car that we finished 12th with at Nashville and it drove good and stayed good, so we'll run that one in this race," said Green.
"This Akins Motorsports team and I are starting to jell. We have showed we can be fast at Colorado and we showed we can run at the front at Bristol in March. Now, we just need to add good finishes to that list and Bristol is a very likely place for that to happen. My brothers, David and Jeff, have both won Busch Series races at Bristol, it would be pretty cool if I could join them on that winners list."
fGreen's #38 Akins Motorsports Fords are primarily sponsored by Great Clips, but associate sponsor Deka Batteries has four races where they are the primary sponsor and that includes both Busch Series races at Bristol.