Tuesday, September 28, 2010

N’WIDE: Jeff Green Tied For 3rd In Series Rankings After Edging Setzer At Dover

Jeff Green picked up the 12th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s Dover 200 at the Dover International Speedway when his unsponsored #36 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet fell out with brake problems after completing 1 of the race’s 200 laps. The finish moved Green to 3rd in the LASTCAR Nationwide Series rankings, tying him with Johnny Chapman, Brad Teague, and Tommy Houston.

Driving for Latitude 43 Motorsports, Green failed to qualify for his second-straight Cup Series race on Friday, but made the Nationwide Series race the next day, timing into the latter 28th at a speed of 149.800 mph. At the start of the race, Green was the first of four drivers to go behind the wall on consecutive laps, starting after the first circuit. Current Driver’s Championship leader Dennis Setzer pulled the #92 behind the wall on lap 2, followed by owner Brian Keselowski’s #26 and Johnny Chapman in Morgan Shepherd’s #89.

Among the five teams that failed to qualify for Saturday’s were the #56 of Kevin Lepage, two weeks after driver and team finished last at Richmond, and Watkins Glen last-placer Matt Carter in Randy MacDonald’s #82.

*The #36 had not finished last in a Nationwide Series race at Dover since 2007, when Brent Sherman’s BIG LOTS Chevrolet was involved in a multi-car crash after completing the 10th lap of the 2007 RoadLoans.com 200.
*2010 marks the most last-place finishes Green has amassed in a single Nationwide Series season, breaking his previous record of three in 1996.
*Green had never before finished last in a Nationwide Series race at Dover.

43) #36-Jeff Green / 1 lap / brakes
42) #92-Dennis Setzer / 2 laps / handling
41) #26-Brian Keselowski / 3 laps / oil pressure
40) #89-Johnny Chapman / 4 laps / brakes
39) #10-Josh Wise / 17 laps / transmission

1st) Dennis Setzer (9)
2nd) Jeff Green (4)
3rd) Mark Green, Kevin Lepage (2)
4th) Willie Allen, Michael Annett, Johnny Borneman III, Matt Carter, Johnny Chapman, David Gilliland, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Brian Keselowski, Justin Marks, Danny O'Quinn, Jr., Chrissy Wallace (1)

1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (10)
2nd) #36-Mark Smith (4)
3rd) #15-Germain Racing, #27-Curb Motorsports, #41-Rick Ware, #43-Curb Motorsports, #49-Jay Robinson, Inc., #56-John McNelly, #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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