Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Childress Racing fires driver Green over feud

Several run-ins with Harvick hurt

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jeff Green was fired by Richard Childress Racing on Monday, two days after arguing with the car owner following a wreck with teammate Kevin Harvick.

"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."

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'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.

No replacement driver was named.

NADEAU UPDATE: Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau, 32, was improving, three days after he was badly hurt in a crash at Richmond International Raceway. The driver was listed in serious but stable condition at Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. He had been in critical condition.

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