BUSCH: Michigan Mark Green battles for consistency

BROOKLYN, Mich.-The crew of the No. 63 Superflo/HMV Motorsports Chevrolet spent two weeks preparing a new racecar for the NAPAOLINE.com 250 in hopes of breaking out of a super speedway slump which sent the team home a day early from the...

BROOKLYN, Mich.-The crew of the No. 63 Superflo/HMV Motorsports Chevrolet spent two weeks preparing a new racecar for the NAPAOLINE.com 250 in hopes of breaking out of a super speedway slump which sent the team home a day early from the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 held last May at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. "We did a lot of work getting a new car ready for Michigan," commented Jeff Hensley, HMV Motorsports team manager. "We took the car to the chassis dyno and picked-up 15 horsepower, which helped us. Unfortunately it rained most of the day on Thursday, giving us only one good practice to get the car ready for qualifying." As the cars took the track on Friday for the only practice session before qualifying, Mark Green, driver of the Superflo Chevrolet, drove the racecar to the 23rd quickest position and optimistic for afternoon qualifying. "We used the practice wisely making several adjustment to the car trying to make it as good as possible for qualifying," added Green. "Twenty-third is not as quick as we would like to be, obviously, but it is a good starting point compared to where we were in Charlotte." When qualifying got underway, following a one-hour rain delay, Green was the 23rd car out and planned on taking two qualifying laps in hopes of the second lap being the fastest, but as he approached turn one on the final lap, Green was forced to lift, ending his second lap. "We were planning on taking two laps in qualifying because our second lap is usually quicker than the first," added Green. "As I went into turn one for the second lap, the car bottomed out and drifted high getting close to the wall forcing me to lift. Lifting on a super speedway hurts the car so much, that there was nothing I could have done to make the second lap any better." When the last car qualified, Green found himself staring 29th for Saturday's race with mixed emotions. "Starting 29th is not good by any means," continued Green. "But would rather take that than taking a provisional any day." Stating on the inside of row 15, Green would need a good handling racecar to work his way to the front before the 150 laps were complete. As the race began, Green was running consistently in the 28th position when the car began to push, making it hard to get through the turns in traffic. "The car starting pushing about a third of the way through the race and made it push really bad through the turns in traffic," commented Green. "When the car started pushing there was nothing I could really do at that point except run my own race." When the checkered flag waved, Green had moved up one position from where he started to finish in the 28th spot. "We can be content with 28th considering the car was tight all day," added Hensley. "We still have a lot of ground to make-up on our super speedway runs, but we are getting there. The crew had good pit-stops and worked hard getting the car ready for the race, it will come around." HMV Motorsports (Hensley Racing), based in Ridgeway, Va., is the only NASCAR Busch Series team that has competed full time in the series since its inception in 1982. HMV Motorsports is owned by Hubert Hensley, along with partners Mac Martin and Tim Vargo. After running the two-mile Michigan Speedway, the NASCAR Busch Series will travel to the ½-mile oval at the Bristol Motor Speedway for Friday, August 25, Food City 250, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mark Green , Tim Vargo