Jeff Green picked up the 21st last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway when his unsponsored #44 TriStar Motorsports fell out with a vibration after 3 of the race’s 250 laps.
Green timed in 25th for the race at a speed of 128.054 mph, ranking him a solid third among the thirteen “go-or-go-homers” that filled the 43-car field. Still, with the effort of supporting TriStar teammates Mike Bliss and Eric McClure in mind, Green pulled behind the wall after three laps. Bliss and McClure came home 18th and 26th, respectively.
Iowa saw Brian Keselowski make his first start with Key Motorsports, running the team’s #47. Keselowski pulled behind the wall one lap after Green, then served as a spotter for the remainder of the event. Charles Lewandoski, running Key’s primary #40, finished 22nd.
*This was Green’s fifth last-place finish of 2011 and his first since the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona, where he also exited after 3 laps with a vibration in the #44.
*This is the second-consecutive year that Green has finished last in the July race at Iowa. Last year, his 43rd-place showing in TriStar’s #36 was the first of eight last-place finishes he scored in the 2010 Nationwide Series season.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #44-Jeff Green / 3 laps / vibration
42) #47-Brian Keselowski / 4 laps / overheating
41) #42-Tim Andrews / 5 laps / brakes
40) #71-Carl Long / 7 laps / brakes
39) #46-Chase Miller / 8 laps / brakes
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeff Green (5)
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 (5)
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 (16)
2nd) Ford (5)
3rd) Dodge (1)