Sunday, May 20, 2012

TRUCKS: Clay Greenfield Gets First Truck Series Last-Place Finish

SOURCE: Rubbin's Racin'
Clay Greenfield picked up the 1st last-place finish of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his #68 @ClayGreenfield Dodge Ram fell out with power steering problems after 6 of the race’s 134 laps. The finish came in Greenfield’s 16th series start.

Greenfield was competing in the third race of his third season on the circuit, a year that began with a career-best 10th-place finish at Daytona in February. He qualified 33rd for Friday’s race at an average speed of 174.967 mph.  This ranked him ninth among the sixteen "go-or-go-homers," and ahead of five drivers who failed to qualify.

In the race itself, Brennan Newberry and his #14 The Jeremy Staat Foundation Chevrolet brought out the first caution on Lap 3. Greenfield still ended up the first truck out of the race after his #68 was seen smoking on the apron following an early restart.

LASTCAR STATISTICS
*This was the first last-place finish for the #68 in a Truck Series race since 2007, when Jack Smith’s Cooper-Bussmann Ford lost its engine on the opening lap of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 at Gateway.
*This was the first last-place finish for a Dodge Ram since 2010, when J.C. Stout’s #95 Team Gill Racing Dodge fell out two laps into the TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire due to electrical problems.
*The last time a Dodge Ram finished last in a Truck race at Charlotte was in 2009, when Chris Fontaine’s #22 Red Rocks Café Dodge suffered an electrical problem four laps into that race driving a truck for owner Dwayne Gaulding. Fontaine edged then-teammate Donnie Neuenberger, whose #21 fell out two laps later.
*This was the first time a Truck Series driver has finished last due to a power steering failure.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #68-Clay Greenfield / 6 laps / power steering
35) #08-Ross Chastain / 12 laps / engine
34) #38-Dennis Setzer / 19 laps / overheating
33) #7-John King / 24 laps / crash
32) #84-Chris Fontaine / 40 laps / engine

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Jeb Burton, Rick Crawford, Grant Enfinger, Clay Greenfield, Jason Leffler (1)

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #18-Kyle Busch Motorsports, #27-Hillman Racing, #60-Turn One Racing, #68-Clay Greenfield Motorsports, #74-Mike Harmon (1)

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (3)
2nd) Dodge, Toyota (1)

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