The finish was Green’s seventh of 2011 and his third in a row, matching a three-race streak from the fall of 2010 during which he finished last at Dover, Kansas, and Fontana in TriStar’s #36.
Green qualified 30th for Saturday’s event at a speed of 92.752 mph, putting him solidly into the 300th NASCAR Nationwide Series race of his 21-year career. Unfortunately, his run did not last long as he “start-and-parked” for Tri-Star after the opening lap. At first, it appeared Eric McClure, who also went to the garage that lap, had edged Green for his first last-place finish since Kentucky in 2006. However, McClure returned to finish 20 laps down in 36th, shuffling Green back to 43rd.
*Only two other drivers have ever finished last in three consecutive Nationwide Series races. In 2009, Johnny Chapman, driving MSRP Motorsports’ #90, finished last at Milwaukee, New Hampshire, and Daytona before the streak ended with a DNQ at Chicagoland. In 2004, LASTCAR Nationwide Series leader Jeff Fuller and NEMCO’s #88 teamed up to finish last at Rockingham, Las Vegas, and Darlington before coming home 37th the next week at Bristol. If Green finishes last this Friday at Bristol, he will not only set a new consecutive last-place record, but also equal Fuller’s all-time series leading total of 24 last-place finishes.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #44-Jeff Green / 1 lap / brakes
42) #89-Morgan Shepherd / 5 laps / engine
41) #53-Andrew Ranger / 23 laps / engine
40) #13-D.J. Kennington / 28 laps / suspension
39) #51-Jeremy Clements / 45 laps / rear gear
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeff Green (7)
2nd) Brett Rowe (3)
3rd) Kelly Bires, Dennis Setzer (2)
4th) Matt Carter, Johnny Chapman, Kevin Conway, Marc Davis, Mike Harmon, James Hylton, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Blake Koch, Justin Marks, Scott Wimmer (1)
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES OWNER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #44-TriStar Motorsports (7)
2nd) #55-Faith Motorsports (3)
3rd) #25-Ed Rensi, #49-Jay Robinson Racing (2)
4th) #0-JD Motorsports, #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #27-Baker Curb Racing, #47-Key Motorsports, #68-Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports, #74-Mike Harmon, #75-Rick Ware Racing, #82-MacDonald Motorsports, #87-NEMCO Motorsports, #03-R3 Motorsports (1)
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES MANUFACTURER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (18)
2nd) Ford (5)
3rd) Dodge (1)