Sunday, October 2, 2011

N’WIDE: Dover Sees Jeff Green Score The Most Last-Place Finishes In Nationwide Series History

Jeff Green picked up the 25th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 at the Dover International Speedway when his unsponsored #44 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet fell out with a vibration after 1 of the race’s 200 laps.

With the finish, Green has now scored the most last-place finishes of any driver in NASCAR Nationwide Series history, breaking a tie with three-time LASTCAR Nationwide Series champion Jeff Fuller. Also, with a combined total of 30 finishes, Green also holds sole possession of fourth in the all-time LASTCAR standings, just five finishes behind all-time leader Derrike Cope.

Further, this finish was the series-leading ninth of Green’s 2011 season - his first since Bristol, four races ago (LINK) - and he has now locked-up his second LASTCAR Nationwide Series championship. Green’s first LASTCAR title came in 1996, when he scored three last-place finishes while driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

At Dover, Green timed in 29th at a speed of 148.325 mph, ranking him sixth among the field’s “go-or-go-homers.” It was also Green’s third consecutive qualifying run inside the Top 30. However, still on “start-and-park” duty for TriStar, Green pulled behind the wall after the opening lap.

*This was Jeff Green’s second-consecutive last-place finish in the fall Nationwide Series race at Dover. In last year’s Dover 200, while driving TriStar’s #36 Chevrolet, Green also left the race after the opening lap, that time with brake failure.
*This was the first time the #44 has ever finished last in a Nationwide Series race at Dover.

43) #44-Jeff Green / 1 lap / vibration
42) #50-T.J. Bell / 3 laps / brakes
41) #82-Scott Wimmer / 3 laps / ignition
40) #42-Tim Andrews / 4 laps / electrical
39) #46-Chase Miller / 5 laps / ignition

With a six-finish lead and just five races remaining, Jeff Green and the #44 TriStar Motorsports team have officially clinched the 2011 LASTCAR Nationwide Series Driver’s and Owner’s Championships. Second-ranked Brett Rowe and the #55 Faith Motorsports team have not raced since their most recent last-place run at Road America in June.
1st) Jeff Green (9)
2nd) Brett Rowe (3)
3rd) Kelly Bires, Johnny Chapman, Dennis Setzer (2)
4th) T.J. Bell, Matt Carter, Kevin Conway, Marc Davis, Mike Harmon, James Hylton, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Brian Keselowski, Blake Koch, Justin Marks, Scott Wimmer (1)

1st) #44-TriStar Motorsports (9)
2nd) #55-Faith Motorsports (3)
3rd) #25-Ed Rensi, #47-Key Motorsports, #49-Jay Robinson Racing (2)
4th) #0-JD Motorsports, #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #27-Baker Curb Racing, #41-Rick Ware Racing, #50-Mark Beaver, #68-Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports, #74-Mike Harmon, #75-Rick Ware Racing, #82-MacDonald Motorsports, #87-NEMCO Motorsports, #03-R3 Motorsports (1)

1st) Chevrolet (23)
2nd) Ford (5)
3rd) Dodge (1)

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