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The finish, which came in Green’s 420th series start, was his 23rd of the 2015 season. He shatters his own record for the most last-place runs in a season by a NASCAR driver - 15, which he set in the 2013 XFINITY Series season, and is now a five-time LASTCAR champion. By rounding out the 2015 season with six consecutive last-place finishes, Green can also break his record of eight lasts in a row if he sweeps the opening three rounds in 2016.
Green was 36th-fastest in the series’ final practice session of the season and timed in 27th in qualifying with a speed of 161.310 mph. The lone driver who missed the field was Morgan Shepherd, whose #89 Racing With Jesus Chevrolet ended up with its seventh DNQ of the season.
Starting 40th on Saturday was ARCA driver Tim Veins, who after making his Truck Series debut at Dover this past May rejoined Mike Harmon to drive his #74 RaceDaySponsor.com Dodge. On Lap 4, Green pulled behind the wall and secured the 40th spot while Viens, who spun in Turn 1 on Lap 11, recovered to ended up 33rd at the finish, the final car to come home under power.
The remaining members of the Bottom Five retired from the race between the start and the third caution for Josh Reaume hitting the Turn 4 wall in Motorsports Business Management’s #40 Braille Battery / Grafoid Chevrolet, the next lapped car to finish ahead of Viens. 39th went to T.J. Bell, his sixth-straight bottom-five finish in JGL Racing’s #26 Toyota. 38th was B.J. McLeod, his second-straight bottom-five finish for King Autosport in the #92 Bucked Up Apparel Chevrolet. Mike Bliss, Green’s teammate and the defending LASTCAR Cup Champion, was 38th in TriStar’s unsponsored #14. Rounding out the group in 36th was Carlos Contreras, who lost the engine on Rick Ware’s #15 BYBExtreme.com Chevrolet.
*This is Green’s third last-place finish in an XFINITY Series race at Homestead, joining finishes in 2010 and 2014.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
40) #19-Jeff Green / 3 laps / transmission
39) #26-T.J. Bell /23 laps / vibration
38) #92-B.J. McLeod / 36 laps / vibration
37) #14-Mike Bliss / 44 laps / vibration / led 1 lap
36) #15-Carlos Contreras / 59 laps / engine
2015 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP - FINAL
1st) Jeff Green (23) - 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 - FINAL
1st) TriStar Motorsports (25)
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 - FINAL
1st) Toyota (27)
2nd) Chevrolet (3)
3rd) Dodge (2)
4th) Ford (1)