Green To Take Green First

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Someone needs to tell Jeff Green he’s already passed the audition.

And somebody needs to shake Richard Childress’ hand.

Green led an RCR charge to the front of the Sharpie 500 qualifying order, winning his first career Winston Cup pole Friday with a lap of 123.674 mph. Green edged RCR teammate Mike Skinner, who went 123.483 mph, for the top spot in Saturday night’s event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

A third RCR driver, Kevin Harvick, qualified eighth at 123.063 mph.

“It’s a credit to what Richard does with his teams,” said Green, who is joining the Winston Cup Series next season as a full-time teammate to Harvick and a third RCR driver. The No. 30 team is running several Cup races this year in preparation of next year’s effort.

“I’m proud of Mike Skinner for what he did, sitting outside the front row. Kevin had a problem, or he’d have been right up there with us.

“That’s why I chose what I did, to go the next three years with RCR. It’s a first-class operation, from the guys he hires to the equipment we run. When you’re sitting in great equipment and you’ve got good guys surrounding you, that’s what makes results and that’s what wins championships.

“I’m very fortunate to have those guys. I’ve been racing Todd Berrier and Kevin Harvick on the Busch side, and they’ve been beating my butt every week. I’m proud to be a part of them now.”

Green glossed over the accomplishment of winning his first Cup pole, crediting his team – again.

“It means you get the first pick on pit road tomorrow night, that’s about it,” Green said. “Hopefully that’s the first of many. I’m harping on a great race team, but that’s what I’ve got. I’m very fortunate to have that.

“We’re very fortunate: we get to test everywhere we race. We’ve run seven races, you get seven tests. That gives us a little bit of an advantage on the guys that didn’t get to test.

“I’m really looking forward to next year and the years after that. “Hopefully, I can retire with RCR. I’ve got 10-12 more years racing, and hopefully I can stay here the rest of my career.”

Skinner, who won the pole for Friday’s Busch Series race, is leaving Childress’ team at the end of the year, but he wants to go out on a positive note.

“It’s always an eventful deal qualifying here at Bristol,” Skinner said. “Ten out of 10 times you qualify at this place, if you’re not out of breath at the end of those two laps, you’re usually starting in the back. You’ve got to run so hard here. You can’t leave nothing on the table.

“I felt like I didn’t leave anything on the table, but I didn’t feel like our race car was strong enough to start on the front row. Fortunately it did.”

Childress has been in the news this week, trading verbal jabs with Bill Simpson over the seat belts installed in Dale Earnhardt’s car. The left lap belt separated in the crash that took Earnhardt’s life in the Daytona 500 in February, and Simpson – whose company made the belt - has said he told Earnhardt his belts were installed improperly.

Childress responded Thursday, claiming Earnhardt never told him of Simpson’s statement.

Ron Hornaday was a surprising third Friday in A.J. Foyt’s No. 14 Pontiac, turning a lap of 123.451 mph.

“It’s a complement to this whole team,” Hornaday said. “This team has been really stepping up ever since we had no more provisionals. We’ve been really focusing on qualifying. Our runs in the race have been showing it, but our finishes haven’t.”

Elliott Sadler, the winner from the 38th starting position here in March, qualified fourth, with Ricky Rudd fifth. Winston Cup points leader Jeff Gordon was sixth, followed by Dale Jarrett, Harvick, Rusty Wallace and Todd Bodine.

All three Bodines – Todd, Brett and Geoffrey – made the field.

“I really thank my brother Brett for putting this together for us,” said Geoffrey Bodine. “We did a lot of testing, and now it’s paid off for us.”

Gordon leads Rudd by a whopping 298 points with Jarrett, Rudd’s Robert Yates racing teammate, 354 points out of the lead.

Drivers who failed to make the field were Stacy Compton, Kyle Petty, Hermie Sadler, Dave Marcis, Hut Stricklin and Carl Long.

Saturday night’s race is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. (ET).

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