|PHOTO: Sam Laughlin|
The finish, which came in Green’s 490th start, was his fifth of the season and his first since Richmond, two races ago. In the NASCAR XFINITY last-place rankings, it’s the 32nd for car #93, the 133rd by reason of vibration, and the 349th for Chevrolet. Across the top three NASCAR series, it’s the 82nd for the #93, the 205th for a vibration, and the 1,593rd for Chevrolet.
On the final lap of last Saturday’s race in Talladega, Green was in position to pull of an upset victory. He and teammates Ryan Sieg and J.J. Yeley not only had full sponsorship, but had managed to stay out of trouble and were still on the lead lap after a long green-flag run. Heading down the backstretch for the final time, Green was running the outside lane with his teammates. Unfortunately, the group couldn’t get help from behind, and Green slipped to 13th with Yeley 11th and Sieg 6th. But all was not lost – race winner Spencer Gallagher’s “Dash 4 Cash” eligibility was rescinded after he tested positive under NASCAR’s drug testing policy. This put Sieg, the next eligible driver, in the group of four at Dover.
In practice, Green ran 22nd in the opening session, but didn’t join his two teammates in Happy Hour. In qualifying, he put up the 23rd-fastest speed in Round 1 with a 149.508mph (24.079 seconds), and when he didn’t turn a lap in Round 2, settled on the 24th starting spot. The lone DNQ of the day was Mike Harmon Racing, which endured a difficult weekend. Harmon was entered as driver of his #74 Horizon Transport Dodge, but put Cody Ware behind the wheel in opening practice. On his very first lap, Ware encountered brake problems entering Turn 3 and slapped the outside wall. The crew managed to repair the car in time for qualifying, but was one of nine drivers to not turn a lap in the session. As the lowest-ranked of those teams in Owner Points, Harmon was sent home.
Edging Harmon for the 40th and final spot was Stephen Leicht, back behind the wheel of JP Motorsports’ #55 Jani-King Toyota after Jennifer Jo Cobb’s one-off last week in Talladega. He was joined at the rear by Talladega last-placer Spencer Boyd, whose team made unapproved adjustments to the #76 Grunt Style Chevrolet, and John Hunter Nemechek, sent to a backup car after he wrecked his primary #42 Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet in Happy Hour. Before the start, LASTCAR.info reader Sam Laughlin reported that Jeff Green voluntarily fell to the rear of the field. Also falling back was the 32nd-place starter: the #66 Chris Kyle Memorial Dodge of Carl Long.
|From left to right: Hill, Green, Shepherd, and Long trail the field.|
PHOTO: Sam Laughlin
Long was 5.434 seconds behind the leader when the green flag dropped, and 8.783 back at the end of Lap 1. Just as in Friday’s Truck Series race, trouble broke out at the end of that first lap. This time, it was 6th-place runner Matt Tifft, whose #2 Nexteer Chevrolet broke loose racing under the #11 Bar Harbor / Leaf Filter Chevrolet of Ryan Truex in Turns 1 and 2. Tifft avoided contact, and managed to make it safely onto pit road. This allowed him to take last from Long at the end of two laps.
|Green (left of center) comes down pit road on Lap 11|
PHOTO: Sam Laughlin
|Morgan Shepherd qualified 28th, but this stop cost him 4 laps.|
PHOTO: Sam Laughlin
Finishing 37th was Kaz Grala, whose #24 NETTTS Ford wrecked in Turn 4 on Lap 78, ending a day that saw him start a strong 16th. Rounding out the Bottom Five was Jeff Green’s teammate J.J. Yeley, who cited a vibration on his #38 RSS Racing Chevrolet just past the halfway point. Ryan Sieg finished 17th in his bid for the “Dash 4 Cash.”
*This marked Green’s seventh XFINITY last-place run at Dover, his third in a row, and his fifth out of the last seven.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
40) #93-Jeff Green / 11 laps / vibration
39) #66-Carl Long / 29 laps / brakes
38) #89-Morgan Shepherd / 57 laps / transmission
37) #24-Kaz Grala / 76 laps / crash
36) #38-J.J. Yeley / 111 laps / vibration
2018 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) RSS Racing (5)
2nd) Jeremy Clements Racing, JGL Racing, Mike Harmon Racing, Roush-Fenway Racing, SS-Green Light Racing (1)
2018 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (8)
2nd) Ford (2)
2018 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
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