Sunday, July 26, 2015

XFINITY: Jeff Green Scores 75th NASCAR Last-Place Finish

SOURCE: Kris Branch
Jeff Green picked up the 70th last-place finish of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his unsponsored #19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota fell out with a vibration after he completed 2 of the race’s 100 laps.

The finish was Green’s tenth of the season and his third in a row.  He now has 75 last-place finishes across all three of NASCAR’s top divisions, nearly double that of second-ranked Joe Nemechek’s mark of 39.  If Green finishes last in at least six of the remaining fifteen races in 2015, he will beat his single-season NASCAR record of 15 last-place runs from 2013.

40 drivers arrived to time their way in to 40 spots in Saturday’s field, so this week Jimmy Means Racing did not enter their second team, #79.  As before, Green did not participate in the opening practice session on Friday, but turned in the 31st-fastest time in Happy Hour.  He secured the 35th starting spot for Saturday’s race with an average speed of 168.290 mph, ranking him second among the drivers ordered by Owner Points.

The 40th starting spot on Saturday belonged to Mike Harmon, who was piloting one of three Dodges in the field.  By Lap 3, however, Green had fallen to the back of the field and could be seen during the broadcast coming down pit road at the start of the lap.

Finishing 39th in the race was Josh Reaume, whose #40 Phoenix Air Dodge was prepared with assistance from Wayne Peterson’s ARCA Racing Series team.  Reaume nearly collided with leader Kyle Busch as he was lapped off Turn 2 and pulled off the track after 8 laps.  38th went to Morgan Shepherd, citing handling issues on his #89 Racing With Jesus / Malamphy Electric Inc. Chevrolet.  Rounding out the Bottom Five were Blake Koch and David Starr, two of Green’s teammates at TriStar, who tangled in Turn 1 and crashed on Lap 23.

*This was Green’s first last-place finish in the XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis since 2013, when his #10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota fell out with a vibration after 4 laps.  When combined with Blake Koch’s run in this event last year, TriStar has claimed the last three of the event’s four last-place finishes.

40) #19-Jeff Green / 2 laps / vibration
39) #40-Josh Reaume / 8 laps / electrical
38) #89-Morgan Shepherd / 18 laps / handling
37) #8-Blake Koch / 22 laps / crash
36) #44-David Starr / 22 laps / crash

1st) Jeff Green (10)
2nd) Dexter Bean (2)
3rd) C.J. Faison, Mike Harmon, Charles Lewandoski, Carl Long, Morgan Shepherd, Derek White (1)

1st) TriStar Motorsports (11)
2nd) King Autosport, Motorsports Business Management (2)
3rd) JGL Racing, Mike Harmon Racing, Shepherd Racing Ventures (1)

1st) Toyota (13)
2nd) Chevrolet (3)
3rd) Dodge (2)

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