BUSCH: Darlington too tough for Green to tame

</pre> DARLINGTON, S.C.-Mark Green entered Saturday's Dura-Lube 200, held at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., with hopes of turning the tables around after breaking an axle in the spring race that cost he and his Superflo/HMV ...

</pre> DARLINGTON, S.C.-Mark Green entered Saturday's Dura-Lube 200, held at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., with hopes of turning the tables around after breaking an axle in the spring race that cost he and his Superflo/HMV Motorsports team a strong finish. Unfortunately, Green was forced not only to battle the seemingly 'untamable' racetrack, but also to battle brushing the wall, taking a provisional, a flat tire and the blistering heat. Green's weekend started off on the wrong foot during Friday's early morning practice when his No. 63 Superflo Chevrolet brushed the wall between turn's three and four, knocking out the front tow, in addition to pushing in the entire right side of the racecar. "The car just kept drifting closer and closer to the wall coming out of turn three and there was no place to go except into the wall," explained Green. "We didn't hurt the car too bad, just messed up the right-front steering, but we got it fixed and was back on the track in no time." When qualifying rolled around, Green hoped his luck would get better as he would be the last car to qualifying on the 1.366-mile oval. Again, the odds were against Green as the time to beat was over a second faster than he had run during practice. When he took the checkered flag, Green was unable to make the field on time and was forced to take a sixth provisional. "It was really disappointing to take a provisional to get into this race, considering we ran so well here in the spring," added Jeff Hensley, HMV Motorsports team manager. "I guess we will take what we can get, it is better than loading the hauler right now." As race time rolled around on a smothering Saturday afternoon, it was no question that heat it was going to be a long day as the track temperature reached over 100 degrees. Despite the heat, Green was steadily working the racetrack when after only six laps the first caution of the day came out, sending the Superflo Chevrolet into the pits to make a chassis adjustment. The adjustments seemed to make the car worse, and Green was forced to make a green flag pit stop on lap 44, which would send him a lap down. "We hated to make a green flag stop," commented Hensley. "Fortunately we discovered the left-rear tire only had five pound of air pressure so we found our handling problem. The bad part is that we had to go a lap down to fix it. I guess that is just how this weekend has gone." Coming out of the pits one lap down and in last position, Green had nowhere to go but forward and was able to work his way to the 36th position before the finish of the race. "Once we got the flat left-rear tire off we had a pretty good racecar," commented Green. "We ended up going another lap down by pitting under green and the caution coming out a lap later, but that's racing. Hopefully next weekend at Richmond will be better." 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 partner Mac Martin.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mark Green