Tuesday, September 28, 2010

TRUCKS: Johanna Long Last For First Time At Las Vegas

Johanna Long picked up the 1st last-place finish of her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in Saturday’s Smith’s 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway when her #20 Panhandle Grading and Paving Toyota fell out with transmission problems without completing a single lap of the 146-lap race. The finish came in Long’s 4th series start.

The eighteen-year-old Long qualified an impressive 16th for Saturday’s race at a speed of 171.739 mph, and she has now qualified in the Top 20 in all four of her Truck Series starts. This run was particularly impressive as she was racing a truck she co-owned for the first time. Unfortunately, she did not have much time to enjoy the starting spot as her truck failed to start the race.

Current LASTCAR Driver’s Championship leader Mike Garvey fell out after eight laps and finished 34th.

The #95 Team Gill Racing Dodge, driven again by last week’s last-place finisher J.C. Stout, was one of the four trucks that failed to make the race. Gill’s team still holds a two-finish lead over Garvey’s #93 in the LASTCAR Owner’s Championship.

*The #20 had not finished last in a Truck Series race since 2006, when Marcos Ambrose’s Team Australia / Aussie Vineyards Ford crashed after completing 4 laps of the 2006 Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Charlotte. The number had never before finished last in a Truck Series race at Las Vegas.
*A female Truck Series driver had not finished last since last fall at Talladega, where Jennifer Jo Cobb’s #50 Boys Racing Dodge lost its engine after the opening lap of the 2009 Mountain Dew 250 Fueled By Fred’s.
*This was Toyota’s first last-place finish in the 2010 Truck Series season, ending a seven-race last-place streak by Dodge that dated back to Pocono in June.
*Incredibly, a Toyota had not finished last in a Truck Series race since 2008, when Sean Caisse’s Germain.com / Lumber Liquidators #9 left the 2008 Kroger 200 at Martinsville with crash damage after 44 laps.
*A Truck Series driver had not finished last without completing a single lap since this year’s season-opening NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona, where Landon Cassill’s EasyToInstall.com #98 was involved in a multi-car wreck in turn three.

36) #20-Johanna Long / 0 laps / transmission
35) #9-Justin Hobgood / 3 laps / ignition
34) #93-Mike Garvey / 8 laps / overheating
33) #62-Greg Pursley / 10 laps / radiator
32) #73-Rick Crawford / 60 laps / overheating

1st) Mike Garvey (3)
2nd) Tim Andrews, Carl Long, J.C. Stout (2)
3rd) Landon Cassill, Johnny Chapman, Mike Harmon, Chris Jones, Narain Karthikeyan, Chris Lafferty, Johanna Long, Dillon Oliver, Shane Sieg, G.R. Smith, Jason White (1)

1st) #95-Danny Gill (6)
2nd) #93-Shane Sieg (4)
3rd) #89-Chris Lafferty (2)
4th) #16-Rick Ware, #20-Donald Long, #23-Steve Urvan, #50-Mark Beaver, #60-Jeff Wyler, #72-Mario Gosselin, #87-Rick Jones, #98-Duke Thorson (1)

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