Sunday, June 9, 2013

TRUCKS: Johnny Chapman Now Has The Most Last-Place Finishes In Truck Series History

SOURCE: Rubbin's Racin'
Johnny Chapman picked up the 14th last-place finish of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in Friday’s WinStar World Casino 400k at the Texas Motor Speedway when his unsponsored #38 RSS Racing Chevrolet fell out with ignition problems after he completed 6 of the race’s 167 laps.

The finish was Chapman’s second of 2013 and his second in a row, and he has a one-finish lead in the LASTCAR Truck Series Championship as the first repeat last-placer this season.  More importantly, he set a new record for the most last-place finishes in Truck Series history, breaking a tie with 2007 LASTCAR Truck Series Champion Wayne Edwards, who held sole possession of the record since his 13th last-place run at Bristol on August 19, 2009.

Just 32 trucks showed up to qualify for the Texas race, creating the shortest Truck Series field since Iowa in 2011, which also had 32 entrants.  Chapman qualified 28th in the field at an average speed of 166.940 mph.  He edged Danny Efland for the record-breaking last-place finish by three laps.  RSS teammate Chris Jones pulled out of the race two laps after Efland while Chris Lafferty and Chris Cockrum rounded out the Bottom Five.

The finish came in Chapman’s 60th Truck Series start.  As of this writing, he also has 117 Nationwide Series starts, including the 2009 LASTCAR Nationwide title with MSRP Motorsports.  He finished 36th in his lone Cup start at Rockingham in 1993 while driving the #64 Bahre Racing Pontiac.

LASTCAR STATISTICS
*This was the second-consecutive last-place finish at Texas for the #38 RSS Racing team.  Last November, Chris Jones suffered a vibration after three laps.  During the 2011 running of the fall Texas race, Mike Garvey’s #38 lost the clutch after five laps on the way to his first LASTCAR Truck Series Championship.
*This was Chapman’s first last-place finish in a Truck Series race at Texas since 2005 when his #08 Green Light Racing Chevrolet broke an oil line after he completed 28 laps of the Chex 400K.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
32) #38-Johnny Chapman / 6 laps / ignition
31) #84-Danny Efland / 9 laps / rear gear
30) #93-Chris Jones / 11 laps / rear gear
29) #99-Chris Lafferty / 14 laps / electrical
28) #07-Chris Cockrum / 1 laps / ignition

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Johnny Chapman (2)
2nd) Mike Harmon, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chris Jones, Scott Riggs, Scott Saunders (1)

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #38-RSS Racing (2)
2nd) #0-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #84-Chris Fontaine, #92-Ricky Benton, #93-RSS Racing (1)

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (4)
2nd) Dodge (2)
3rd) Ford (1)

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