By Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com Concord NC - Busch Grand National series driver Jeff Green won the Carquest 300 at Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord North Carolina. The Owensboro Kentucky native, and 2000 series Champion found victory lane for...
By Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com
Concord NC - Busch Grand National series driver Jeff Green won the Carquest 300 at Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord North Carolina. The Owensboro Kentucky native, and 2000 series Champion found victory lane for the second time this season.
Green took the lead for the first time on lap one hundred seventy of the two hundred-lap event, passing rookie Greg Biffle.
Matt Kenseth stalked Green for the remaining thirty laps of the event. Kenseth managed to get by on lap one ninety one when Greens car got loose coming off the corner, but Green then went underneath to re-take the lead position.
Both drivers continued to race hard making contact several times on the last lap.
"Matt was going to have to spin me to get by", noted the race winner.
Kenseth took the hard competition in stride, "He did what he needed to do to protect the lead".
Roush driver Greg Biffle who led a total of one hundred fifty four laps, but lost the lead to Green as his car started to go away dominated the race.
"We were good for about one hundred and fifty laps, but when the track got slick, we didn't make the right adjustments". Stated the rookie driver. "It is real tough when you are loose in and loose out, and tight in the middle. It is the worst feeling, it is like being helpless". Biffle fell back and finished the event in sixth place.
Pole sitter Kevin Harvick experienced hard luck early, when he had to make a green flag pit stop for what he believed were tire problems. After a four-tire stop, Harvick had to return to the pits several times to repair what was discovered to be a broken left rear shock mount. The multiple stops left the Busch sophomore five laps down.
Harvick was able to gain back three of the five laps during caution periods as race leader Biffle allowed him to get laps back, most of the time.
Reflecting back on this year's event at New Hampshire International Speedway, when tempers flared between Harvick and Biffle, over Biffle not being able to get a lap back
Biffle was asked how many he was willing to give back.
"A lot more than he was willing to give me", demonstrating the series hottest rivalry is alive and well.
Harvick sat on the pole when Fridays qualifying was rained out. Harvick had held the series point's lead, and therefore was given the number one position. Harvick's thirty third place finish, combined with Greens win, and Biffle's top ten shook up the top three positions in the points giving Green the series lead for the first time since March.
Harvick dropped to second, and Biffle dropped to third with 94 points separating the three.
During the event there were nine lead changes among six drivers. Mike Skinner and Hank Parker Jr were the other two drivers to lead a lap
The race was slowed by eight cautions for a total of 35 laps.
Drivers involved in on track incidents were Ricky Hendrick, who made contact with the turn two wall on lap four. Shane Hall and Kelly Denton crashed hard in turn four after contact with Larry Foyt.
"I was going a lot faster than those guys getting in, and I caught the fourteen car (Foyt) on the corner". Noted Shane Hall.
Other drivers who brought out the caution during the event were Christian Elder, Steadman Marlin, Scott Wimmer, Brad Baker and Jimmie Johnson, who spun on the front stretch and was able to continue the event
Marlin, son of the Winston cup regular is competing in the BGN series part time and attributed his incident to a rookie mistake. "It was rookie stupidness on my part. I just drove in and got underneath".
Eleven Winston cup regulars competed in the event including Dale Earnhardt Jr who filled in for Joe Nemechek, who was injured in a testing incident at Dover Downs International Raceway.
"It was fun" expressed Earnhardt commenting on his return to a series that brought him two national Championships.
The series will move on to Dover Delaware will they run the MBNA 200 on Saturday June 2nd.