Sunday, August 4, 2013

N’WIDE: Jeff Green Now Has Twice As Many Last-Place Finishes As Any Other Nationwide Series Driver

Jeff Green picked up the 48th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway when his unsponsored #10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota fell out with a vibration after he completed 3 of the race’s 250 laps.

The finish was Green’s tenth of 2013 and his second in a row.  He now has twice as many last-place finishes in the series as second-ranked Jeff Fuller’s 24.  It’s his 52nd across all three of NASCAR’s top divisions, fifteen more than second-ranked Joe Nemechek’s 37.  With thirteen races to go in 2013, Green needs just three more last-place finishes to break the single-season record he set last year.

Green qualified 29th for Saturday’s race at an average speed of 129.587 mph, ranking him third among the field’s ten “go-or-go-homers” behind 12th-place Kenny Wallace and 27th-place Joey Gase, who now trails Green by eight last-place finishes in the 2013 LASTCAR Nationwide Series standings.

Green was the first car behind the wall, followed one lap later by Jason Bowles in The Motorsports Group’s #46.  Blake Koch returned to SR2 Motorsports’ #00 for the first time since Loudon and came home 38th, giving the team its fifth bottom-five finish in the last seven races.  T.J. Bell finished 37th in The Motorsports Group’s other “start-and-park” entry, #42, followed by Carl Long in the Rick Ware-prepared #15.

*This was Green’s fifth last-place finish in a Nationwide Series race at Iowa and his fourth in a row in the August event, all four coming with different “start-and-park” teams for TriStar Motorsports.  However, it is the first time he’s swept both Iowa last-place finishes in the same season.

40) #10-Jeff Green / 3 laps / vibration
39) #46-Jason Bowles / 4 laps / vibration
38) #00-Blake Koch / 5 laps / brakes
37) #42-T.J. Bell / 6 laps / vibration
36) #15-Carl Long / 13 laps / handling

1st) Jeff Green (10)
2nd) Joey Gase (2)
3rd) Tanner Berryhill, Blake Koch, Johanna Long, Eric McClure, Michael McDowell, Robert Richardson, Jr., Morgan Shepherd, Dexter Stacey (1)

1st) #10-TriStar Motorsports (10)
2nd) #52-Jimmy Means Racing (2)
3rd) #14-TriStar Motorsports, #17-Vision Racing, #23-R3 Motorsports, #27-SR2 Motorsports, #70-ML Motorsports, #89-Shepherd Racing Ventures, #92-KH Motorsports, #00-SR2 Motorsports (1)

1st) Toyota (16)
2nd) Chevrolet (2)
3rd) Dodge, Ford (1)


Anonymous said...

How Jeff Green is letting himself ruin his career by start and park for Tri-Star is crazy. He should of hang it up

RAEckart said...

Ruin his career? He's just hitting his stride with his goal to match Richard Petty's wins with Jeff Green LASTCAR wins!

Anonymous said...

Raecharkt 200 Last place finish is horrible. No driver wants that mark.

Coach Bricka said...

If you start & park for anyone, do us all a favor and get out of the sport. You're no longer a racer, you're a joke.

Brock Beard said...

I think the one positive thing to take from Green's current role at TriStar is that he is doing a lot to keep the team itself going. Also, he rarely, if ever, misses races anymore, and that's keeping his skills sharp. He had some good runs relieving Eric McClure last year.

It's unfortunate that a driver like Green who has such a tremendous career can only drive for a "start-and-park" team. But as we've seen, nothing in racing is permanent. Four years ago, Dave Blaney was racking-up last-place finishes for PRISM Motorsports. Now he's running full races again for TBR.

NSracing said...

I found out that Jeff does a lot of r&d stuff and is an important part of TriStar motorsports. Eric McClure talked briefly about it in an interview I read on speedway media. It kinda makes more sense why he does it now after reading it. I know its a late reply but found it interesting.