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You might be surprised: Which former NASCAR champ holds record for most career last-place finishes?

Mar 12, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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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, 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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  1. printergonebad - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Great job NBC Sports hiring the most negative thinking writer in the Nascar press corps. That will help drive interest down for your new partnership.Who cares about negative statistics other than the likes of this guy. Is the follow up who has gotten the most flat tires?

  2. cruzmotorsports - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Obviously we have forgotten the “start and park” format. It’s how some of the single car Cup teams got by until the rule was changed. A “vibration” gives them an excuse to “park”. Shouldn’t be considered in the stat, but it gave someone a reason for a column. Why not go out on a limb and talk about something as taboo as the sanctioning body owning tracks, and setting the schedule for tracks to be raced on. What about a tire manufacturer having a monopoly as the lone supplier. How about an article about how the Cup drivers envade the Busch series and take most of the good price money. The excuse being that the younger drivers can follow them and learn. Are you telling me they can stand on top of a hauler and see the lines they are using? Let’s have an article with some teeth, not something about a driver who is past his prime, logging few laps to earn some cash without hurting the equipment, and without creating a large tire bill.

    • printergonebad - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      cruzmotorsports, Great thought all of those are good topics that could actually have a positive impact. That is not in the wheelhouse for this column.

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