Mar 12, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT
We all know Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights said that second is the first loser.
And we also know all about start-and-park and go-or-go-home drivers, as well.
But this takes losing – or shall we say, not finishing – to a whole other level (and no, this is NOT a trick question):
Which former NASCAR champion holds the record for most last-place finishes in a career?
According to Brock Beard, who operates the LASTCAR blog, former Busch Series champion Jeff Green holds the distinction of recording 60 last-place finishes (in 653 combined starts over 25 years) across NASCAR’s three national touring series – with 55 of those coming in the Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series.
By comparison, the late J.D. McDuffie set the Sprint Cup record of 32 last-place finishes in 653 starts over 28 years.
Green was once one of the best drivers in the then-Busch Series, winning six races and recording 25 top-five finishes (in 32 starts) en route to the 2000 championship. He also finished second in the 1999 and 2001 standings. In total, Green has 16 career wins in his Busch/NNS career (but none in Cup or trucks).
But since his last Busch/NNS win in 2002, it’s been all downhill for Green – literally and figuratively.
According to Racing-Reference.info, the last time Green recorded a top-10 in the then-Busch Series was back in 2005, when he finished sixth in the spring race at Richmond.
(He did manage three sixth-place finishes in 2007 in the Sprint Cup Series, driving for Gene Haas, now of Stewart-Haas Racing fame.)
The Owensboro, Ky., native is now 51. He’s started two of the first three NNS races this season and completed just three laps in each, finishing last at Daytona and again this past Saturday at Las Vegas.
The reason for his early departure both times? A “vibration.”
Blake Koch drove for Green two weeks ago at Phoenix and finished – don’t be surprised – last, also completing just three laps before pulling into the garage.
The cause: that hideous “vibration” again – and we’re not talking a Beach Boys-like good vibration.
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