|Special Thanks to Aaron Creed for this week's photo!|
Chris Lafferty picked up the 3rd last-place finish of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in Saturday’s Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 at the Pocono Raceway when his #89 Lafferty Performance / Blue Ox Chevrolet fell out with handling problems after 2 of the race’s 53 laps.
Only 31 trucks showed up at the unique Pennsylvania track, allowing Lafferty to make the field with a lap of just 127.520 mph - more than 15 seconds off the pace of polesitter Kevin Harvick. It would be just the second time his family-owned #89 team qualified for a Truck Series race and his first since he came home 31st at Nashville. After a DNQ at Darlington, Lafferty also parked Jennifer Jo Cobb’s #10 at Dover in May, scene of his most recent last-place finish.
Two laps after the green flag, Lafferty was the first to pull behind the wall. Five laps later, he was followed to the garage by 76-year-old James Hylton, making his Truck Series debut in Norm Benning’s second truck. By doing so, Hylton bested his own record of oldest driver to start a NASCAR-sanctioned race set when he finished last in the Nationwide race at Darlington.
Neither truck returned to the track when the race was postponed by rain to Sunday.
*Lafferty and the #89 most recently finished last in a Truck Series race in 2010, when Lafferty scored his first career last-place finish in the 2010 Dover 200 at Dover, leaving the race after the opening lap.
*This is only the second time in NASCAR history that the #89 has finished last in any NASCAR-sanctioned race at Pocono. The other time was in the Sprint Cup Series when Morgan Shepherd’s #89 Racing With Jesus / Red Line Oil Ford fell out with handling woes 44 laps into the 2003 Pennsylvania 500.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
31) #89-Chris Lafferty / 2 laps / handling
30) #75-James Hylton / 7 laps / engine
29) #93-Shane Sieg / 9 laps / brakes
28) #38-Mike Garvey / 11 laps / vibration
27) #84-Chris Fontaine / 17 laps / ignition
LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Mike Garvey (4)
2nd) Norm Benning, Chris Lafferty (2)
3rd) James Buescher, Travis Kvapil, Johanna Long, Scott Riggs, Greg Seevers, Brad Sweet (1)
LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES OWNER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #38-Shane Sieg (4)
2nd) #57-Norm Benning Racing (2)
3rd) #5-Randy Moss, #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #20-Panhandle Motorsports, #31-Turner Motorsports, #32-Turner Motorsports, #75-Norm Benning Racing, #89-Chris Lafferty, #07-SS Green Light Racing (1)
LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (11)
2nd) Toyota (3)