Green glowing after another strong showing By Dave Rodman LOUDON, N.H. (May 8, 1999) Jeff Green led 152 of 200 laps, but could not find a way into Victory Lane. Jeff Green knows there'll be days like Saturday's New Hampshire 200 at ...
Green glowing after another strong showing By Dave Rodman
LOUDON, N.H. (May 8, 1999) Jeff Green led 152 of 200 laps, but could not find a way into Victory Lane.
Jeff Green knows there'll be days like Saturday's New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Despite finishing 2nd to Elton Sawyer while dominating the race, he knows his day is coming in the Kleenex Chevrolet.
"This crew has put me in excellent cars every week," Green said after leading 152 of 200 laps from the Bud Pole. "We didn't win the race, but in my heart we did. We finished 2nd and led the most laps. Our day will come."
Sawyer, who started second in the Lysol Ford, jumped Green at the start and led the first two laps. But Green stormed past him on lap three and led the next 106 tours, until the first of seven caution flags flew. Green later led for 46 laps, from laps 128-173.
At the end of the race, there were five cautions in the last 28 laps, and that was the worst possible scenario for Green. Despite the result, he jumped to 4th, unofficially, in the series point standings -- and that is despite missing the 2nd race of the season. Earlier this year, Green won at Nashville Speedway USA and the way he ran Saturday, he's close to his 2nd score.
"I came on the radio and told them to pray for no cautions with 40 laps to go," Green said. "It didn't work. We had way too many cautions for my Chevrolet to be able to get there. It was great on long runs, but I needed five or six laps to get my tires hot again and it just didn't happen."
The caution flag waved from laps 172-177, 184-187, 189-193, 195-198 and for laps 199 and 200 after Terry Labonte, Todd Bodine and Mike Dillon tangled in Turns 3 and 4.
"We had way too many cautions there at the end," Green said. "When you've got a half-straightaway lead with 30 laps to go you don't want to see a caution.
"I didn't see much of anything all day other than lapped cars and that's the way I like it. Our car was awesome today. I liked it."
Not as much as Sawyer did, but he won't complain until the series travels to Richmond next weekend for the Hardee's 250 -- and Green's next chance to win again this season.
Source: NASCAR Online