BUSCH: Pikes Peak hard on Mark Green

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-After a disappointing accident destroyed the No. 63 Superflo Chevrolet at the Nazareth 200, held July 16, the HMV Motorsports team headed to Pikes Peak International Raceway with only two days to get a new car...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-After a disappointing accident destroyed the No. 63 Superflo Chevrolet at the Nazareth 200, held July 16, the HMV Motorsports team headed to Pikes Peak International Raceway with only two days to get a new car ready for the event. "When we got back to the shop after Nazareth we had to work overtime to get a new car ready," said Jeff Hensley, HMV Motorsports team manager. "We put the same set-up on the new car that we had ran last weekend (at Nazareth) and felt that we took a good car to Pikes Peak." With rain on the way, Mark Green was the fourth car on the track during the late afternoon qualifying session and managed to put the Superflo Chevrolet in the sixth position when rain caused a break in the action after 21 cars had qualified. "The car handled better than it had all day during practice," remarked Mark Green, driver of the No. 63 Superflo Chevrolet. "We were hoping that the rain would clean the track and make it tight for the remaining qualifiers." Unfortunately, the rain helped the lat qualifiers. After the three-hour rain delay, the rest of the field had ideal qualifying conditions with overcast skies and cool weather. Green and his Superflo team could only watch as they fell to the 19th spot after all 44 cars had qualified. "It was disappointing to have to sit and watch the other cars run better during qualifying than they had all day," continued Green. With the rain delay shortening happy hour, the Superflo team did not get to make as many adjustments as they planned to use on race day. "Getting only a half-hour happy hour really put us at a disadvantage going into the race," added Hensley. "The changes that we made to last week's car did not seem to help this car and the shortened practice did not give us enough time to try new things." Starting on the inside of row ten, Green started his day holding the 19th position until he began having handling problems that continued to plague the team the entire day which put him in the 32nd position with the checkered flag fell. "The car was loose all day making it difficult to go through the turns," explained Green. "It seemed like everything we did to the car to fix the problem did not help." "We had great pit stops all day," continued Green. "Unfortunately we just did not have a strong car that could have capitalized on those stops. I guess all we can do is go into the shop and work on the car before St. Louis and hope that we can fix things." The NASCAR Busch Series will head to the Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, Mo. for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 250 on Saturday, July 29. The CARQUEST Auto Parts 250 will be televised live on TNN beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mark Green