Jeff Green picked up the 26th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Friday’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his #44 Spirit Halloween Chevrolet fell out with a vibration after 3 of the race’s 200 laps.
It was Green’s tenth last-place finish of the season and his first since Dover, two races ago. Green has now equaled Dennis Setzer’s mark of ten last-place finishes in 2011 and, with three races to go, can mathematically break Jeff Fuller’s single-season last-place record of eleven finishes set back in 2004.
It was also Green’s 31st last-place finish across NASCAR’s top three divisions. He remains fifth in the all-time LASTCAR standings, but now just five finishes behind all-time leader Derrike Cope.
At Charlotte, Green secured the 43rd and final starting spot with a speed of 177.907 mph, good enough to beat the six other “go-or-go-homers” - including Setzer - who failed to qualify. Three laps into the race, during the opening green-flag run, Green pulled behind the wall, followed on the next lap by Erik Darnell, making his first Nationwide Series start of the season in Key Motorsports’ “start-and-park” #42 Chevrolet.
*Jeff Green and his #44 have swept both Nationwide Series last-place finishes at Charlotte in 2011. In May, a vibration was also the listed cause of his exit after four laps.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #44-Jeff Green / 3 laps / vibration
42) #42-Erik Darnell / 4 laps / brakes
41) #47-Scott Speed / 6 laps / vibration
40) #41-Johnny Chapman / 12 laps / overheating
39) #03-Scott Riggs / 18 laps / brakes
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeff Green (10)
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, J.J. Yeley (1)
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES OWNER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #44-TriStar Motorsports (10)
2nd) #55-Faith Motorsports (3)
3rd) #25-Ed Rensi, #27-Baker Curb Racing, #47-Key Motorsports, #49-Jay Robinson Racing (2)
4th) #0-JD Motorsports, #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #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)
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES MANUFACTURER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (24)
2nd) Ford (6)
3rd) Dodge (1)
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