Green Gone From RCR
May 5, 2003 | 7:31 P.M. EST
"Our relationship was not where we had hoped it would be at this point, so we decided to make this move now," Childress said. "Jeff is a very good race car driver, but sometimes change can be good for everyone involved."
No replacement driver was named.
Green and Harvick had run-ins before they were teammates at RCR, but seemingly put their differences aside since Green was hired fulltime in 2002.
That changed after Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway.
Green was running fifth when he drove low on the track to try to avoid an accident in front of him. But he moved into Harvick's way and Harvick hit him in the rear end and turned Green into the Turn 2 wall.
"It was all good, got to the bottom of the racetrack and (Harvick) ran over me," Green said after the accident. "It's one thing to get spun out. It's another thing to get spun out by your teammate. Can't hardly swallow that. Tough to be teammates when it seems like there's only one car at RCR."
After exiting his wrecked car, Green stormed over to Harvick's pit stall to discuss the accident with Harvick's crew, but was intercepted by Childress.
"I'm trying to be the best teammate I can be and some other people don't be - that's what I told (Richard)," Green said.
Green, who won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 this year, was the driver for the No. 30 Chevrolet since its inception for an eight-race schedule in 2001. He finished 17th in the 2002 points standings and is in 32nd place after the first 11 races this season.
He earned two pole positions during his tenure at RCR, and won two Busch Series races for RCR last season.