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NASCAR vet Mark Green scores runner-up in Summer Shootout

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A runner-up finish in Round 8 of Cabarrus Brewing Co. Masters was all that NASCAR veteran Mark Green could muster.

Green hounded eventual race winner Jon Sossoman all race long. He beat on Sossoman’s bumper, pushing, nudging, attempting to find a way passed the wily Legends car veteran. With the duo running equal lap times for much of the race, it was hard for Green to take advantage.

Sossoman had the advantage all night long with an invert handing him the inside of the front row. Meanwhile, Green started third, behind both Sossoman and Jon Craig. Despite making quick work of Craig, clean air tipped the race into Sossoman’s favor.

“We were pretty even,” Green said. “My car maybe was a little better but I keep preaching this deal, race like I race, and maybe one of these days everyone will do it. It’s so much more fun when you don’t have to argue, fuss, and fight after the race with people. It was a good race. Johnny (Sossoman) run good, we both had good cars, mine could have been a little better. But no cautions, that’s a tough deal, especially when you’re starting on the front row that makes it a little easier, so I’ve got to give it to him, he run good.”

Another factor in Green’s runner-up finish was a rookie spotter. Green, who typically spots for NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Chase Cabre, swapped roles, having the up-and-coming driver in his ear.

Green commented on how Cabre came to spot for him,

“Well, David, my brother has been spotting for me, and he’s decided he was going to do a little racing, so I had to recruit somebody. He did alright, he didn’t say a whole lot. I just told him to give me a little information here and there, and he enjoyed it. It was a good reversal, maybe he’ll see the sights I see and understand a little better.”

Green took a moment to preach that the series is meant to be fun and to teach others,

“It is fun, and I always say, this series (BoJangles Summer Shootout) is meant to teach kids how to race. Well, if we, as the Master class show them how not to race, shame on us. So, if they watched that race, hopefully they can learn a little bit of that (respect), and not only be better drivers, but be more respected drivers also. Anybody can win a race by wrecking somebody, but it takes talent to pass somebody. So, yeah, I had a good night tonight, I finished second, Johnny ran good, I don’t have any disappointment there.”

The race, which went caution-free, was the second runner-up finish of the season for Green. In Round 4, Green finished second to Sossoman in a nearly identical race.

Now Green will look ahead to next week’s races with Round 9 on Monday, July 31, and Round 10 on Tuesday, August 1.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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