|SOURCE: NASCAR Media|
Jeff Green picked up his 39th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 at the Daytona International Speedway when his unsponsored #10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota fell out with a vibration after he completed 4 of the race’s 200 laps.
The finish was Green’s first since last fall at Richmond, nine races ago, the race where he beat Jeff Fuller’s single-season record of twelve NASCAR Nationwide Series last-place finishes.
Green, the two-time and defending LASTCAR Nationwide Series Champion, began his fourth season as driver of TriStar Motorsports’ start-and-park entry with a strong 16th-fastest lap in qualifying at a speed of 175.915 mph. The lap was sixth-fastest among the drivers not locked-into the field, trailing only Travis Pastrana, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Green fell to the rear of the field at the start, then pulled behind the wall after four laps just moments before Scott Lagasse, Jr.’s crash brought out the first caution of the day.
*This was the first last-place finish for the #10 in a Nationwide Series race last fall at Dover, when Charles Lewandoski’s turn in the TriStar Motorsports Toyota during the OneMain Financial 200 ended with a vibration after three laps.
*This was the best starting spot for a Nationwide Series last-place finisher since 2010, when Dennis Setzer’s K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge started 15th, then fell out with a vibration after three laps of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas.
*This marks Green’s fourth-consecutive season with at least one last-place finish in the Nationwide Series.
*This was Green’s second-consecutive last-place finish in this event, and his fourth in a row at Daytona.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
40) #10-Jeff Green / 4 laps / vibration
39) #8-Scott Lagasse, Jr. / 7 laps / crash
38) #24-Blake Koch / 14 laps / overheating
37) #15-Juan Carlos Blum / 30 laps / crash
36) #34-Danica Patrick / 31 laps / engine / led 5 laps
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeff Green (1)
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES OWNER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #10-TriStar Motorsports (1)
LASTCAR N’WIDE SERIES MANUFACTURER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Toyota (1)