|SOURCE: Rubbin's Racin' Forums|
The finish, which came in Green’s 417th series start, was his 20th of the 2015 season, his third in a row, and his fifth in the last seven race
Green did not participate in Friday’s opening practice session, but ran a solid 27th-best in Happy Hour. He defended the spot in qualifying, improving by nearly half a second to earn 27th on the grid with a speed of 175.262 mph. 41 cars arrived at the track, but though he ran 33rd-fastest in Happy Hour, Mario Gosselin withdrew his #92 CrashClaimsR.us Chevrolet before qualifying, guaranteeing the remaining entrants a spot in the field.
|Matt Carter's #68 Fleur-De-Lis Chevrolet, 2011|
|Jennifer Jo Cobb's Mark One Chevrolet on Saturday|
SOURCE: Boyd Adams
Forrister’s crash capped a difficult day for Bobby Dotter’s two-car SS-Green Light Racing team, which also kicked-off the battle for 40th spot. On Lap 2, as Cobb followed the rest of the field into Turns 1 and 2, B.J. McLeod in Dotter’s #15 Main Gate Enterprises Chevrolet lost control and backed into the outside wall, drawing the first caution of the afternoon. McLeod, who also struggled with an ill-handling car in qualifying despite a 29th-place starting spot, briefly held the last spot while Green pulled the #19 behind the wall under the yellow to drop to 39th. When the #15 later returned to the track, Green slipped back to 40th. McLeod retired after 79 laps, the handling issues too bad to continue, and finished 33rd.
Following Green in the Bottom Five were owner-drivers Derrike Cope and Mike Harmon. For Cope, the engine failure on his #70 Maxelence MVP / To The Point Chevrolet was his worst finish of the season, his day over after only 14 laps. Harmon’s 38th-place run was his worst since a 39th at Richmond in May, an engine problem of his own stopping the #74 Skin & Bones Dodge. 37th went to Timmy Hill, who after missing the field for the Cup race pulled behind the wall in Motorsports Business Management’s #40 Grafoid Chevrolet. Rounding out the Bottom Five was 36th-place T.J. Bell - his third-straight 36th-place finish in JGL Racing’s unsponsored #26 Toyota.
*This is Green’s third last-place finish in an XFINITY Series race at Kansas, the other two also coming with TriStar Motorsports in 2010 and 2013.
*This is the first last-place finish for the #19 in an XFINITY Series race at Kansas since the inaugural event on September 29, 2001, when Ed Berrier’s #19 Tiger Saws & Blades Chevrolet crashed after 10 laps of the Mr. Goodcents 300. Green won the race that day - the 14th of his career and his 10th and final driving for team owner Greg Pollex in the #10 Nestle Nesquik Ford.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
40) #19-Jeff Green / 3 laps / suspension
39) #70-Derrike Cope / 14 laps / engine
38) #74-Mike Harmon / 20 laps / engine
37) #40-Timmy Hill / 25 laps / vibration
36) #26-T.J. Bell / 30 laps / electrical
2015 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeff Green (20) - 2015 CHAMPION
2nd) Dexter Bean (2)
3rd) Ryan Ellis, C.J. Faison, Mike Harmon, Blake Koch, Charles Lewandoski, Carl Long, Morgan Shepherd, Derek White (1)
2015 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) TriStar Motorsports (22)
2nd) King Autosport, Motorsports Business Management (2)
3rd) JGL Racing, Mike Harmon Racing, Rick Ware Racing, Shepherd Racing Ventures (1)
2015 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Toyota (24)
2nd) Chevrolet (3)
3rd) Dodge (2)
4th) Ford (1)