The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Breakdown: ITT Industries, Systems Division and Goulds Pumps Salute to the Troops 250 presented by Dodge by Toni Montgomery -- Monday July 25, 2005

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In A Nutshell: David Green pulled the upset, seemingly coming out of nowhere to pass leader Clint Bowyer with two laps remaining to capture his first Busch Series victory since October 2003. Green was followed across the line by Bowyer, Kenny Wallace, Martin Truex Jr., and JJ Yeley.

Who Should Have Won: Clint Bowyer. Not begrudging Green his much needed victory, but Green was in stealth mode for most of the day while Bowyer had what seemed to be the best out of several dominant cars from the start of the race. Bowyer spent much of the day in the lead, battling with fellow top five finishers Wallace, Truex, and Yeley. It would not have been a surprise to see one of those three steal the win because they had the only cars that it appeared could keep up with Bowyer’s. Bowyer got to the front and drove away in the closing laps, putting his three main competitors behind him once and for all to fight for second. With a sure victory for Clint in the making, David Green showed up at the last second and stole the show. No matter how nice it is to see a veteran grab a win, you have to feel for Bowyer. It’s tough to lose one like that.

Three Questions You Should Be Asking After the Race Weekend:

1) Where did David Green come from? No, really, I know Green said he had a car he felt could win before the race even started, but how do you hide something as fast as it was at the end all day? It was either a brilliant bit of strategy to hold back and save the car for the end on Green’s part, or something the television coverage crew seriously missed out on.

2) Tires, tires, and more tires. What should be done to fix the tire issues we keep seeing over and over? Carl Edwards flew cross country from Pennsylvania to Colorado to blow a tire on lap 5. David Stremme blew four throughout the day, one just 25 laps after a change. They are only two of several teams that had problems.

3) Is the era of the veteran Busch driver over? Between the Buschwhackers and the young development drivers, there are only a few Busch veterans left. Wins for them are even fewer and farther between then for Cup veterans. The Busch races not won by Buschwhackers this season have been won by Martin Truex Jr., Reed Sorenson, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, and Johnny Sauter. David Green is the only veteran winner, although Kenny Wallace has gotten close.

Worth Noting/Points Shuffle:

Aaron Fike and Brandon Miller, both developmental drivers splitting rides with Cup veterans who have seen little seat time, posted career-best finishes, with Fike finishing 8th in the No. 66 Scott Products/Safeway Ford, and Miller in the No. 21 Reese’s Chevrolet coming home in 10th. Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick are the other drivers in the two cars.

David Green’s victory broke a 60-race winless drought dating back to October 4th, 2003, and the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway.

The top five drivers in points stayed in the same order, with Truex leading Bowyer by 122 points. The only movement was two new faces entering the top ten. David Green’s victory propelled him two spots to 9th, while Paul Menard’s recent strong runs moved him up two spots to 10th.

Jason Keller and Greg Biffle, who did not compete, both dropped out of the top ten, with Keller falling two spots to 11th, and Biffle also losing two spots to 12th.

Quotable:

“I feel like a monkey is finally lifted off my back, and I hope for another good finish in St. Louis.” Brandon Miller, driver of the No. 21 Reese’s Chevrolet.

“We knew going out here that the altitude was going to make things difficult, but I don’t think anyone was expecting the heat. It’s like an oven. Fortunately, our guys have been working with a conditioning coach, so this shouldn’t pose too much of a problem,” crew chief Newt Moore, No. 66 Brewco Ford.

“That’s the way it goes sometimes. We had a car that could have taken the pole. I have to remind myself sometimes that it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” Race winner David Green after qualifying 14th.

“Even though this is my first Busch Series race at Pikes Peak, I feel like I have as much experience there as anyone. We ran our Midget car out there a few weeks ago… that’s more than a lot of people can say.” Aaron Fike, driver of the No. 66 Brewco Ford.

“I think this is going to be a turning point for us. I have a feeling we are going to have out best finish.” David Green before the race. Now that’s the power of positive thinking.

Next Up:

Rusty Wallace visits the Busch Series to race in front of his hometown fans with brothers Kenny and Mike in the Wallace Family Tribute 250 presented by Shop ‘n Save at Gateway International Raceway on Saturday night.

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