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Green takes Busch Series race

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — David Green grabbed the lead on the second-to-last lap and held off polesitter Clint Bowyer to win of the NASCAR Busch Series' ITT Industries 250 on Saturday. The ninth Busch win of Green's career was his first since Oct. 4, 2003 — a span of 60 races.

''This came at a great time and is a good way to turn things around,'' said Green, who started 14th in a Ford. ''It was there the whole day, and I knew our car was good. I knew I had him in a lane he didn't want to be in, and when we got to turn three, it was do or die.

''It played out really well in our favor at the end, and the key was not having any cautions.''

Green and Bowyer had a similar battle at the Federated Auto Parts 300 in Nashville, Tenn., last month when Bowyer got the best of Green. This time around, Bowyer didn't have the tires to hold off Green.

''I knew he was coming, but I didn't have any idea he was coming that fast,'' said Bowyer, who led 152 of the race's 250 laps. ''I was pushing hard to get away, but I was fading pretty quick. I didn't do a very good job of keeping up with the track, and it seemed like the track tightened up at the end.''

Green, who won the Busch Series title in 1994, earned $89,846 for the win after finishing just 0.572 seconds ahead of Bowyer at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Kenny Wallace, who led the race before a late caution juggled the standings, finished third.

NASCAR Busch Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth and J.J. Yeley was fifth. Truex (3,006 points) leads Bowyer in the points race by 202.

NASCAR veteran Bill Elliott finished sixth in a car owned by fellow NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace.



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