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Austin Green has more experience on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile than many of his competitors, but when the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout kicks off on Tuesday, Green’s experience won’t be the only thing he’ll have going for him.
The son of 1994 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion David Green, Austin, 15, has competed in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout since he was eight years old.
While Green has won championships in Bandoleros, nothing could top the feeling the Concord, N.C., native would get if he accomplished his goal this summer: winning the Pro Division title aboard Ladyga Motorsports’ high-profile No. 48 Legend Car.
“Hopefully, we can pull off a lot of wins,” Green said. “You want to do what guys like (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver) Daniel Hemric and (dirt late model driver) Carson Ferguson did in that car. I definitely want to follow in their footsteps.”
Green perfected his craft around Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile in Bandoleros. Now in a car fully capable of delivering the championship he covets while driving for team owners Tim and Cheryl Ladyga, Green believes he’s primed for a breakout season.
“I learned the basics in Bandos and picked up some other basics from Legend Cars as I moved up,” Green said. “When I went to Ladyga, that was the real stepping stone. They’ve given me an amazing opportunity to drive their car, and we really click as a group. They take you in and teach you.”
David Green – who raced in NASCAR’s national touring series from 1989 to 2013 – also imparts plenty of wisdom on his son. Austin can also lean on uncles Jeff and Mark Green, both successful NASCAR drivers, and cousin Tyler, an accomplished Legend Car racer, for more help.
Simply put, the youngest racing Green is in the ideal situation. He’s ready to take full advantage of it, too.
“I’m definitely confident in what the car can do,” Green said. “I’m confident in what I can do, too.”
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout begins its 23rd season on Tuesday, June 14 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
CREDIT: Charlotte Motor Speedway