Monday, August 2, 2010

N’WIDE: For First Time Since 1996, Jeff Green Finishes Last In Nationwide Series

Jeff Green picked up the 9th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway when his #36 Long John Silver’s Chevrolet fell out with transmission problems after completing 2 of the race’s 250 laps.

Green qualified 29th for the race at a speed of 130.289 mph, besting eight other drivers whose teams were not locked-into the field based on Owner Points. The race marked just the third start of the season for owner Mark Smith’s #36. Just one lap before the race’s first caution fell on lap 3, Green was behind the wall.

2010 LASTCAR Nationwide Series leader Dennis Setzer in K-Automotive’s #92 did not fall out with handling problems until lap 9, continuing a trend where Setzer has finished last in every other Nationwide Series race since Kentucky in June.

*Jeff Green had not finished last in the Nationwide Series since the 1996 Kroger 200 at IRP when his Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated-owned #3 Goodwrench Service Chevrolet crashed 8 laps into the race.
*The #36 had not finished last in the series since Brent Sherman’s BIG LOTS Chevrolet was involved in a multi-car crash after 10 laps of the 2007 200 at Dover.
*Johnny Borneman III’s last-place finish in this year’s Stater Brothers 200 at the Auto Club Speedway marked the only other time in 2010 that a Nationwide Series driver finished last because of transmission trouble.

43) #36-Jeff Green / 2 laps / transmission
42) #92-Dennis Setzer / 9 laps / handling
41) #91-Chase Miller / 16 laps / brakes
40) #52-Tim Schendel / 18 laps / transmission
39) #43-Brad Baker / 20 laps / brakes

1st) Dennis Setzer (9)
2nd) Mark Green (2)
3rd) Michael Annett, Johnny Borneman III, Johnny Chapman, David Gilliland, Jeff Green, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Brian Keselowski, Kevin Lepage, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Chrissy Wallace (1)

1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (10)
2nd) #15-Germain Racing, #27-Curb Motorsports, #36-Mark Smith, #41-Rick Ware, #49-Jay Robinson, Inc., #70-Mary Louise Miller, #83-John Borneman, Jr., #90-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #91-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #96-K-Automotive Motorsports, #04-Johnny Davis Motorsports (1)

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