Countdown to Beverly Hills: David Green By Marty Smith CHARLOTTE, N.C.. (Jan. 8, 2001) -- Heading into the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season, David Green's AFG Glass was half full. Thirty-two weeks later, it was less than half-empty....
Countdown to Beverly Hills: David Green
By Marty Smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C.. (Jan. 8, 2001) -- Heading into the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season, David Green's AFG Glass was half full. Thirty-two weeks later, it was less than half-empty.
Fresh off a sporadic and frustrating stay in the Winston Cup ranks, Green was primed for a fruitful return to the Busch Series. He'd signed with a proven winner in Cicci-Welliver Racing, and with his past success in the series was considered a championship contender before the first green flag ever fell at Daytona.
He wouldn't be so fortunate.
Other than winning the pole in his next-to-last race with Tyler Jet Motorsports in '99, Green had failed miserably during an on-and-off five-year Winston Cup Series stint with the likes of Buz McCall, Larry Hedrick Motorsports and Tyler Jet. He sought refuge in the Busch Series, where he'd won five races and the 1994 championship.
Rather than a resounding return to prominence, his futility continues.
Green tallied two top-5s and 11 top-10s in the No. 34 AFG Glass Chevrolet to finish ninth in the final NBS standings, marking his best championship finish since 1996. However, he failed to win a race, marking the first time since 1993 that he'd run the entire schedule without a trip to Victory Lane.
Green did enjoy some success last season, including a classic duel with younger brother Jeff at Pikes Peak. During that event, Brothers Green engaged in a fierce battle for the lead over the final 50 laps, with Jeff eventually removing David from his path en route to the checkered flag. Jeff Green went on to win the series championship by the largest margin in series history, making the Green brothers the first sibling-tandem ever to win a title.
David Green's only other top-5 came at Texas, when he finished third. He began the year strong, posting an 11th-place run in the season-opener, then after two down weeks followed that up with a string of five-straight top-10 runs.
Following the eighth race of the season, Green ranked fifth in the standings and appeared poised to make a run at the title. However, he would post just one top-10 over the next 10 races, dropping him out of the top-10 in points.
The runner-up effort at PPIR halted that skid, but another long stretch of subpar efforts lay on the horizon. Green would finish in the top-15 just four times in the final 14 events, but still managed to post his first top-10 finish since the runner-up finish in '96. -nascar.com-