1994 champion Green leading tight points battle DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2003) -- Terry Labonte proved it can be done. David Green believes it can still be done. Labonte, who won the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup ...
1994 champion Green leading tight points battle
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2003) -- Terry Labonte proved it can be done. David Green believes it can still be done.
Labonte, who won the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship, waited 12 years to claim his second series title in 1996. Green (No. 37 Timber Wolf Pontiac), who won the 1994 NASCAR Busch Series championship, is hoping to pull off his second series title nine years later.
The Kentucky native reclaimed the lead for the 2003 series crown last Saturday after winning the New England 200, surging ahead of Scott Riggs (No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford) by 36 points. In the process, Green halted a two-race streak of finishes outside the top 10 with his second win of the season. He leads the series with eight top fives and 13 top-10 finishes. However, only 91 points separate the next four drivers, all of whom have two things in common -- they don't have a NASCAR Busch Series championship and they're hungry to win one.
There's no question the chase for the NASCAR Busch Series title -- which resumes Saturday in the TrimSpa Dream Body 250 presented by Dodge at Pikes Peak International Raceway -- is shaping up to be a fierce battle. Riggs, who held the points lead for the last two weeks, is looking to become the third consecutive Raybestos Rookie of the Year winner to claim a title the following season while 19-year-old Brian Vickers (No. 5 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet) -- third in points -- is looking to display his mettle. Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) wants to prove he can win NASCAR Busch Series titles, too. And after two runner-up finishes in the last three years, series veteran Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford) is not playing for second anymore.
"[Winning the championship] is our primary objective," Riggs said. "It's so competitive and there's a lot of really good teams still in the hunt. The [points] race is going to be tight until the end."
Not to be overlooked is Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford) who has caught fire since crew chief Harold Holly recently came aboard. He is sixth in the championship race.
"With Harold and all the guys working so hard, we've placed ourselves right in the middle of the title chase," Hamilton said. "We see ourselves contending for the championship."