|SOURCE: 8dalejr.fan at Rubbin's Racin'|
The finish was Chapman’s second of 2012, his first since Chicagoland, three races ago (LINK), making him the first repeat last-place finisher of the season. Chapman is now in sole possession of 2nd in the all-time LASTCAR Truck Series standings, one finish behind all-time leader Wayne Edwards’ record of 13.
Rookie Paulie Harraka drove the #5 Wauters Motorsports Ford for the first eleven races of 2012, scoring a season-best 17th-place finish at both Dover and Kentucky. However, after four DNFs due to crash damage, Harraka opted to skip the last two races at Michigan and Bristol as the team re-evaluates its performance. For those two races, the team rolled out a start-and-park Chevrolet. Scott Riggs finished 32nd in the black truck at Michigan, and Chapman was tabbed to take over the ride at Bristol.
Last week in Thunder Valley, Chapman qualified 33rd at an average speed of 118.095 mph. Thanks to Harraka’s efforts, the team was locked in on owner’s points, and Chapman bested the slowest two locked-in drivers by nearly two miles per hour. In the race, however, it was Chapman who was first behind the wall, followed two laps later Dennis Setzer in the #38 truck that claimed the 2011 LASTCAR Truck Series championship with driver Mike Garvey.
*This was the first last-place finish for the #5 in a Truck Series race since 2011, when Travis Kvapil’s International Truck / Monaco RVs Toyota fell out with crash damage after 99 laps of the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix.
*The #5 has just one other last-place finish in a Truck Series point race, which came in 1997 after Robbie Pyle’s Central Fastener Dodge lost the transmission 13 laps into the Link-Belt Construction Equipment 225 at Louisville.
*This was Chapman’s first last-place finish in a Truck Series race at Bristol.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #5-Johnny Chapman / 2 laps / electrical
35) #38-Dennis Setzer / 4 laps / brakes
34) #86-Clay Greenfield / 53 laps / brakes
33) #93-Chris Jones / 81 laps / crash
32) #07-Jeff Agnew / 91 laps / crash
LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Johnny Chapman (2)
2nd) T.J. Bell, Jeb Burton, Rick Crawford, Grant Enfinger, Clay Greenfield, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Brandon Knupp, Jason Leffler, Brennan Newberry, Scott Riggs, Dennis Setzer (1)
LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #27-Hillman Racing (2)
2nd) #0-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #5-Wauters Motorsports, #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #14-Bob Newberry, #18-Kyle Busch Motorsports, #38-RSS Racing, #60-Turn One Racing, #68-Clay Greenfield Motorsports, #86-Clay Greenfield Motorsports, #74-Mike Harmon, #07-Ken Smith (1)
LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (7)
2nd) Dodge (3)
3rd) Toyota (2)
4th) Ford (1)