Monday, October 11, 2010
N’WIDE: Green, Now 10th All-Time, Set To Challenge Setzer In Final Five Races
Jeff Green picked up the 14th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s CampingWorld.com 200 at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California when his unsponsored #36 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet fell out with fuel pressure problems after completing 2 of the race’s 150 laps.
Green now has sole possession of 2nd in the all-time LASTCAR Nationwide Series standings and moves into a tie with Buddy Baker, Jimmy Means, and Cale Yarborough for 10th all-time across all three NASCAR divisions with 17 overall last-place finishes.
Green qualified 24th for the race at a speed of 176.151 mph, fifth-fastest among the teams not locked-into the race on Owner Points. The run was more than enough to bump out Johnny Chapman and Eric McClure, who were the only two drivers to miss the race. On Saturday, Green went behind the wall first, followed by both current LASTCAR Nationwide Driver’s Championship leader Dennis Setzer in the #92 and Chase Miller, driving for the #82 team that Matt Carter finished last with at Watkins Glen.
With five races to go in this year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Green still has a mathematical shot at dethroning both Setzer and K-Automotive Motorsports’ #92 team as LASTCAR Nationwide Series champions for 2010. To do the latter, however, the #36 will have to qualify for and finish last in all of this season’s remaining races. Since next week’s race will be run with the next-generation Nationwide Series car, it is unlikely that both Setzer and Green will have entries in the race.
N’WIDE STATS AND FACTS
*Green is the first Nationwide Series driver to ever finish last with fuel pressure as the listed issue.
*Neither Green nor the #36 had ever before finished last in a Nationwide Series race at Fontana.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #36-Jeff Green / 2 laps / fuel pressure
42) #92-Dennis Setzer / 3 laps / brakes
41) #82-Chase Miller / 3 laps / electrical
40) #26-Brian Keselowski / 4 laps / brakes
39) #07-Danny Efland / 6 laps / ignition
LASTCAR N'WIDE SERIES DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Dennis Setzer (9)
2nd) Jeff Green (6)
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)
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (10)
2nd) #36-Mark Smith (6)
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)