|SOURCE: NASCAR Media|
The finish was not only Green’s third in a row and fifth of 2012, but was the 36th of his NASCAR career, a new LASTCAR record. It is the first time this record has changed hands since Derrike Cope claimed it from the late J.D. McDuffie at Montreal in 2008.
23 of Green’s finishes came while driving for TriStar’s Nationwide Series team in the last three years, including a record-setting four-race streak last August. Friday’s record-breaking finish came in Green’s 593rd start in NASCAR’s top three divisions.
Green qualified 41st for Friday’s race at an average speed of 112.145 mph, ranking him eleventh among the fourteen "go-or-go-homers" who attempted to qualify.
*Jeff Green's last-place history in NASCAR (click image below to enlarge):
*Neither Jeff Green, nor the #10, had ever before finished last in a Nationwide Series race at Richmond.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #10-Jeff Green / 3 laps / vibration
42) #46-Chase Miller / 7 laps / clutch
41) #74-Mike Harmon / 7 laps / rear gear
40) #47-Scott Speed / 9 laps / electrical
39) #75-Blake Koch / 10 laps / vibration
LASTCAR N'WIDE SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeff Green (5)
2nd) Mike Harmon, Josh Wise (1)
LASTCAR N'WIDE SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #10-TriStar Motorsports (5)
2nd) #42-The Motorsports Group, #74-Mike Harmon (1)
LASTCAR N'WIDE SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Toyota (5)
2nd) Chevrolet (2)
EDIT (April 11, 2013): Due to updated statistics indicating that Derrike Cope scored 36 and not 35 last-place finishes, due to one more last-place finish in a Nationwide race at Darlington in 1995, Jeff Green did not actually beat Cope's mark until his last-place run at Road America in June 2012. Although the graphic is technically inaccurate, since he needed 37 and not 36 last-place runs to beat Cope, it will be reflected accurately in the upcoming LASTCAR Nationwide Series Chronicle.
Nice illustration! Jeff Green is at the top (or should I say bottom?) of his career.
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