Despite Flat Tire, Green Scores a Top-Ten Finish for United States Postal Service DOVER, DE--- Despite a flat tire on the ...
Despite Flat Tire, Green Scores a Top-Ten Finish for United States Postal Service
DOVER, DE--- Despite a flat tire on the #37 United States Postal Service Chevrolet late in the race, David Green managed to salvage a top-ten finish in the Stacker 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The finish marked Green's sixteenth top-ten finish of the season. Team Brewco remains fifth in NASCAR Busch Series standings; they trail leader Martin Truex Jr. by six hundred and seventy-three points.
Having sat on the pole and finished third in the spring race at the "monster mile", Team Brewco held high expectations upon entering Saturday's two hundred lap event. "We definitely feel like we have a shot to win this race. We came really close in the spring and are bringing the same car back. We've got a little added pressure this week with the United States Postal Service on the car, but I feel confident we can have another successful run at it," David Green added prior to Saturday's event.
Sharply dressed in a new red, white, and blue uniform, David Green quickly set the tone for the weekend during Friday's first practice session. After posting one of the fastest times in practice, Green felt confident he could win his second pole of the season. "I think this car is good enough to sit on the pole, but we just didn't get enough practice time. We had some issues with the steering box, and weren't able to make as many laps as we would have liked. Our car was really, really loose during qualifying... so we are happy to have come out of it in the top-twenty," Green said after posting the fifteenth fastest time in Busch Pole qualifying.
With qualifying behind them, Team Brewco set their sights on Saturday's two hundred mile race. Because Friday's final practice session was held late in the evening, there was some uncertainty in the race set-up. "Of all the races we go to, this is one we should definitely impound at. Happy hour does not benefit us at all when it is run late in the afternoon. We will have to rely upon our notes and make the best educated guess we can," crew chief Jason Ratcliff added.
At the drop of the green flag, David Green quickly radioed to his team, "I'm very tight in the center... it feels like there is too much air in the tires." Uncharacteristic of Dover, the race went caution-free until lap seventy-four. Team Brewco made their first stop of the day on lap seventy-six. In seventeenth and out eighteenth, Green would return to racing action with four fresh tires and a "freed up" race car.
Within a few laps of the restart, Team Brewco's troubles began. Green radioed, "The right rear tire is going flat... I can barely drive this thing." Fortunately, the caution flag fell again on lap ninety-two. The decision was made to pit for four new tires. It was later determined that the right rear tire was not flat. Nevertheless, as the racing action continued, the #37 USPS Chevrolet would in fact suffer a flat tire. In what would be their final stop of the race, Team Brewco made another four-tire stop on lap one hundred and six.
"That was definitely an interesting series of events. I could have sworn I had a flat tire after we took on that first set of tires, but as it turned out I didn't. And if that wasn't enough, I go back out and get a flat. Nevertheless, we had a strong enough car to race our way back to the front, but that whole ordeal cost us at least five spots," Green said after the race.
With ninety laps to go, Green dug deep and raced his way into the top-ten. The tenth-place finish marked Green's sixteenth top-ten of the season.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. We really wanted to put on a good show for the United States Postal Service. There's no doubt in my mind that we had a top-five car today, but things just didn't fall our way. There's not much you can do about flat tires. All-in-all it was a good weekend for Team Brewco, and believe me we haven't given up yet," Green said.
The NASCAR Busch Series takes a weekend off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Mr. Goodcents 300 on Saturday afternoon. The event will be broadcasted live on TNT and MRN beginning at 2 pm ET.