The finish, which came in Green’s 497th series start, was his series-leading eighth of the 2018 season and his first since Michigan, four races ago. In the XFINITY Series last-place rankings, it’s the 36th for car #93, the 507th for Chevrolet, and the 48th because of electrical problems. Across NASCAR’s top three series, it’s the 86th for the #93, the 1,610th for Chevrolet, and the 118th because of electrical problems.
Last Saturday, Green was again set for a strong run on the plate tracks, outlasting much of the competition in Daytona. But a wreck late in the race left him with the front clip virtually destroyed, joining the equally-battered Chevrolets of teammates Ryan Sieg and J.J. Yeley. For the Kentucky race, Green would run an all-black Chevrolet without any sponsorship, and would once again be on “start-and-park” duty.
Green didn’t complete a lap in time before the end of the opening session, leaving him last of the 35 drivers without a time or speed registered. He returned in Happy Hour to rank 30th, then qualified 28th for the race with a lap of 172.238mph (31.352 seconds).
|Josh Reaume's #79 in the garage at Kentucky|
PHOTO: Seth Eggert, @MotorsportRev
Prior to the start of the race, Reaume was joined at the rear by Christopher Bell, Alex Labbe, and Mike Harmon, who were all penalized for unapproved adjustments prior to the race. Jeff Green joined them by voluntarily following to the back, looking to stay out of trouble. This allowed Green to pull into the garage area early, beating Reaume by three laps for the last spot. According to Seth Eggert, on assignment that night for Motorsports Tribune, Reaume first pulled into the Cup garage, sat there for two minutes, then backed up through the infield fan zone to the XFINITY garage. Eggert had to dodge the car as it went by, steam coming from behind the wheels and from under the hood.
Finishing 38th was Morgan Shepherd, who returned to action after his first withdrawal of the season at Daytona. Thirty laps after Shepherd’s exit for a vibration, Timmy Hill pulled Motorsports Business Management’s #66 CrashClaimsR.us Dodge behind the wall with a fuel pump issue. Rounding out the Bottom Five was Brandon Jones, whose #19 Menards NRG Toyota was eliminated in a crash on the backstretch after contact from a sideways John Hunter Nemechek.
*This marked the second-straight last-place finish at Kentucky for Green and the #93. Green earned the 98th XFINITY last-place run of his career here last September.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
40) #93-Jeff Green / 6 laps / electrical
39) #79-Josh Reaume / 9 laps / overheating
38) #89-Morgan Shepherd / 25 laps / vibration
37) #66-Timmy Hill / 55 laps / fuel pump
36) #19-Brandon Jones / 104 laps / crash
2018 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) RSS Racing (9)
2nd) B.J. McLeod Motorsports, Fury Race Cars LLC, Jeremy Clements Racing, JGL Racing, JP Motorsports, Mike Harmon Racing, Roush-Fenway Racing, SS-Green Light Racing (1)
2018 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (13)
2nd) Ford (3)
3rd) Toyota (1)
2018 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP