Monday, June 22, 2015

XFINITY: Jeff Green Edges Frahm’s Post-Entry For Last At Chicagoland

SOURCE: Rubbin's Racin' Forums
Jeff Green picked up the 67th last-place finish of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career in Sunday’s Owens Corning AttiCat 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway when his unsponsored #19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota fell out with a vibration after he compelted 2 of the race’s 200 laps.

The finish was Green’s seventh of the 2015 season, his third in four races, and his first since Dover, two races ago.  The finish occurred in Green’s 402nd series start.

Green, back in the #19 for the fourth-straight race, was one of 37 competitors on the initial entry list.  By Friday, the list increased to 39 with Mike Harmon in his #74 Dodge and Peyton Sellers in Obaika Racing’s #97 Vroom! Brands Chevrolet.  The next day, Jimmy Means Racing entered a second car to make a full field of 40 - a flat white #79 Chevrolet with Matt Frahm aboard.  Much like the #79 that Means entered for three races last year, starting at Fontana, Frahm’s ride was a backup #52 Chevrolet for Joey Gase with the numbers covered up.

Frahm and Green were the only two drivers who did not participate in Friday’s opening practice, but both returned in Happy Hour to run 38th and 40th, respectively.  Green picked up speed in qualifying, securing the 29th starting spot at an average speed of 170.578 mph.  However, just 2 laps into Sunday’s rain-postponed race, Green pulled his car behind the wall, followed 3 laps later by Frahm.

38th place went to Scottish driver John Jackson, who was making his first start since Iowa in Motorsports Business Management’s #40 Braille Battery / Grafoid Dodge.  Carl Long was originally slated to drive one of MBM’s entries on Sunday, but was injured in a hard crash at Dover.  Josh Reaume was tabbed as Jackson’s teammate in MBM’s #13, which came home 33rd, 54 laps down.

37th went to 73-year-old Morgan Shepherd, making his fifth start of the season and first since Dover, his #89 Racing With Jesus Chevrolet out with handling issues.

Rounding out the Bottom Five was ARCA veteran Bobby Gerhart, his first XFINITY start of the season in JD Motorsports’ #0 Gerber Collision & Glass Chevrolet.  Gerhart was a last-minute appointment to the ride after Ross Chastain was moved to Landon Cassill’s #01 with Harrison Rhodes in Chastain’s #4.  Chastain and Rhodes finished 18th and 25th, respectively.

*This is Green’s first last-place finish in an XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland since September 14, 2013 when his #10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota fell out with a vibration after 3 laps of the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola.  The #19, however, had never before finished last in an XFINITY race at Chicagoland.
*Toyota has now finished last in seven consecutive XFINITY Series races.

40) #19-Jeff Green / 2 laps / vibration
39) #79-Matt Frahm / 5 laps / clutch
38) #40-John Jackson / 34 laps / vibration
37) #89-Morgan Shepherd / 44 laps / handling
36) #0-Bobby Gerhart / 69 laps / engine

1st) Jeff Green (7)
2nd) Dexter Bean, C.J. Faison, Mike Harmon, Charles Lewandoski, Carl Long, Morgan Shepherd, Derek White (1)

1st) TriStar Motorsports (8)
2nd) Motorsports Business Management (2)
3rd) JGL Racing, King Autosport, Mike Harmon Racing, Shepherd Racing Ventures (1)

1st) Toyota (10)
2nd) Chevrolet, Dodge (2)

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