|SOURCE: Diane Green|
The finish, which came in Green’s 419th series start, was his 22nd of the 2015 season, his fifth in a row, and his seventh in the last nine races. He can extend both streaks with another 40th-place run in next week’s Homestead finale, an event he trailed for TriStar in 2010 and 2014.
The Green family raced with heavy hearts after the passing of David, Mark, and Jeff’s father David “Dave” Lee Green passed away on November 1 at the age of 77. In his memory, Green’s #19 carried Dave’s name over the driver’s side window. Green did not participate in Friday’s opening practice, but returned to put up the 30th-fastest time in Happy Hour, then improved to 25th in qualifying with a lap of 131.670 mph.
Missing the race were Morgan Shepherd - his eighth of the season and first since Chicagoland - and late model racer Matt Waltz, whose first XFINITY Series attempt ended after he found the Turn 4 wall in qualifying driving Derrike Cope’s #70 Ehydrate / Ashurt American Honey Chevrolet.
At the start of Saturday’s race, Green pulled behind the wall after three circuits, followed six laps later by Carl Long, who was making his first start since Dover in early October as driver of Motorsports Business Management’s #40 Braille Battery / Grafoid Dodge. Long’s teammate, NASCAR Mexico Series star Ruben Pardo, brought out the first caution when he lost the engine on the #13 BYB Extreme Fighting Series Toyota. Rounding out the Bottom Five were two team cars - the second King Autosport entry, the #92 CrashClaimsR.us Chevrolet of B.J. McLeod, and T.J. Bell in JGL Racing’s #26 Toyota. Both McLeod and Bell exited the race during the Pardo caution.
*This was Green’s fifth last-place finish in an XFINITY Series race at Phoenix, including a season sweep for 2015 in both the #10 and the #19.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
40) #19-Jeff Green / 3 laps / rear gear
39) #40-Carl Long / 9 laps / engine
38) #13-Ruben Pardo / 15 laps / engine
37) #92-B.J. McLeod / 19 laps / ignition
36) #26-T.J. Bell / 19 laps / brakes
2015 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeff Green (22) - 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 (24)
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 (26)
2nd) Chevrolet (3)
3rd) Dodge (2)
4th) Ford (1)