Sunday, June 2, 2013

TRUCKS: Johnny Chapman Ties Wayne Edwards For Most Last-Place Finishes In Truck Series History

SOURCE: Rubbin's Racin'
Johnny Chapman picked up the 13th last-place finish of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 at the Dover International Speedway when his unsponsored #38 RSS Racing Chevrolet fell out with an oil leak after he completed 4 of the race’s 200 laps.

The finish was Chapman’s first of the year and his first in the series since last summer at Bristol, fifteen races ago.  He is now tied with Wayne Edwards for the most last-place finishes in Truck Series history.  Edwards, the 2007 LASTCAR Truck Series Champion, has had sole possession of the record since he broke a tie with 1999 LASTCAR champ Phil Bonifield in 2009.

Chapman, the 2009 LASTCAR Nationwide Series Champion, was making his second start of the season following a 28th-place showing at Rockingham, where he drove the #07 for SS Green Light Racing.  For Dover, Chapman was tabbed to drive the #38 for RSS Racing, a “start-and-park” team which scored the last two consecutive LASTCAR titles with drivers Mike Garvey and Dennis Setzer.  Like Chapman, the #38 only ran one other time this year, when J.J. Yeley finished 35th at Kansas.

Only 36 trucks showed up to qualify for the race, so Chapman secured the 34th starting spot with a lap of 139.800 mph.  He pulled behind the wall during the opening laps, followed five laps later by Charlotte last-placer Chris Jones in RSS Racing’s other “start-and-park” entry, #93.  Jones was edged for the 35th spot by Chris Lafferty, who pulled out on the same lap driving the #0, a second truck for Jennifer Jo Cobb.  The #0 was the same team with which Blake Koch, Saturday’s Nationwide last-placer, nearly upset RSS’ Dennis Setzer for last year’s LASTCAR Truck Series title by forcing a bottom-five tiebreaker.

LASTCAR STATISTICS
*This was the first last-place finish for the #38 in a Truck Series race since last fall at Texas, eight races ago, when Chris Jones pulled the same truck out of the WinStar World Casino 350 after 3 laps due to a vibration.  It is also the second-straight year RSS’ #38 has finished last in this race - Dennis Setzer was stopped by a vibration after 2 laps in 2012.
*Chapman is the first Truck Series driver to finish last due to an oil leak since 2010, when Chris Lafferty fell out of that year’s Dover race after he completed the opening lap.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #38-Johnny Chapman / 4 laps / oil leak
35) #0-Chris Lafferty / 9 laps / rear gear
34) #93-Chris Jones / 9 laps / overheating
33) #50-Danny Efland /14 laps / electrical
32) #84-Mike Harmon / 18 laps / transmission

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

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

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

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