Tuesday, August 24, 2010

N’WIDE: Jeff Green 5th In Series Rankings After Brakes Go Bust At Bristol

Jeff Green picked up the 10th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Friday’s Food City 250 at the Bristol Motor Speedway when his #36 Long John Silver’s Chevrolet fell out with brake problems after completing 4 of the race’s 250 laps. The finish moved Green into a three-way tie for 5th in the all-time LASTCAR Nationwide Series standings along with Mike Harmon and the late John Linville.

Green qualified 27th for the race at a speed of 118.510 mph, besting 10 other teams that were not locked-into the field based on Owner Points. He pulled behind the wall during the opening green flag run, followed two laps later by LASTCAR Nationwide Series leader Dennis Setzer. Setzer was driving Brian Keselowski’s #26 in place of his typical #92 while his owner focused on his qualifying attempt for the Sprint Cup race. As a result, the #92 was not entered in the Nationwide Series race at all. The D’Hont-Humphrey cars of Chase Miller and David Gilliland finished 40th and 41st with neither team scoring a single last-place finish since Gilliland’s at Dover, 14 races ago. All-time LASTCAR leader Derrike Cope finished 39th.

Although Brian Keselowski failed to qualify for Saturday’s Cup race, Jeff Green successfully got owner Bill Jenkins’ #26 Air National Guard Ford into the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol and finished a respectable 24th. The event was Green’s first Cup start since the 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville.

*It was Green’s second last-place finish in a Nationwide Series race at Bristol. Green also finished last in the 1992 Food City 250 when his #16 31-W Insulation Chevrolet lost the engine after the opening lap. The car was owned by Wayne Day, whose #05 car finished last a week ago with current driver Willie Allen.
*The #36 had never before finished last in a Nationwide Series race at Bristol.

43) #36-Jeff Green / 4 laps / brakes
42) #26-Dennis Setzer / 6 laps / brakes
41) #91-David Gilliland / 22 laps / brakes
40) #90-Chase Miller / 25 laps / electrical
39) #73-Derrike Cope / 30 laps / brakes

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

1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (10)
2nd) #36-Mark Smith (2)
3rd) #15-Germain Racing, #27-Curb Motorsports,#41-Rick Ware, #49-Jay Robinson, Inc., #70-Mary Louise Miller, #82-MacDonald Motorsports, #83-John Borneman, Jr., #90-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #91-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #96-K-Automotive Motorsports, #04-Johnny Davis Motorsports, #05-Wayne Day (1)

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