1994 series Champion Davis Green used a late race bump and run to pass Kevin Harvick for the lead and the win in the New England 200. Green, driving for Brewco Motorsports set himself up for the win during a late caution when the team opted for...
1994 series Champion Davis Green used a late race bump and run to pass Kevin Harvick for the lead and the win in the New England 200.
Green, driving for Brewco Motorsports set himself up for the win during a late caution when the team opted for a two-tire stop. With forty-five laps remaining, Green hung on the bumper of the race leader Kevin Harvick, loosening up the 2000 series champion coming off turn four, taking the lead and then never looking back.
"We were better than he was (Harvick), and I knew we had to get while we can. He raced me clean, he did get into me a little, I think he was going to try to rattle my cage, but we continued to race." Noted Green.
Green, who finished out of the top ten in the teams last two outings, felt the team came together to put the car up front. Green dedicated his win to Adam Petty, and remembered Kenny Irwin, both of whom are drivers who lost their lives at the New England track.
"Adam was a good friend of mine, and he is sadly missed", said Green.
The victory is the second of the season for the Kentucky native; following up his April win in Nashville.
Finishing behind Green were Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, and Scott Wimmer.
Harvick, who started from the pole by virtue of owners points was dominant, leading 140 circuits, and at times gaining as much as a five second lead over his competition lost his edge after loosing the lead.
"The car slipped and David got around me", said Harvick, who complained of a loose car in the closing laps. "I knew I was in trouble when he got by me. My car was dead sideways for four or five laps. Once he got by me, I could not even get close enough to knock him out of the way"
Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth rallied back from a dismal first half of the event. After cycling through pit stops Kenseth found himself in the top five to pull off a third place run.
"This was an undeserved finish", remarked Kenseth, acknowledging he gained valuable track position in the pits to earn the podium finish.
Kenseth's strategy played out well as passing remains difficult at the Magic Mile.
In an effort to improve competition at the track the event marked the first race test of new pavement at the one-mile facility.
A special blend of Trinidad tar in the pavement of the turns was installed last April.
The improvement is indented to increase grip, and help develop a second racing groove The material was imported form Trinidad, and processed in Germany prior to being installed at the track. A second groove appeared to develop, but the old lower lane remained the fastest way around the track accounting for a mere three lead changes throughout the race.
Coming in to New Hampshire, Scott Riggs held the series championship points lead by a slim margin over Green. A flat tire on lap seventy-two put Riggs down a lap, and finishing fourteenth.
By virtue of Riggs mediocre run, and Green's win, Green resumes the points lead by thirty six points as the series heads to Pikes Peak for the Colorado 250.
-by Thomas Chemris