Sunday, September 15, 2013

TRUCKS: Chris Jones and Chris Lafferty Continue Battle For LASTCAR Truck Title

SOURCE: Rubbin's Racin' Forums
Chris Jones picked up the 8th last-place finish of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in Friday’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway when his unsponsored #93 RSS Racing Chevrolet fell out with transmission trouble after he completed 3 of the race’s 150 laps.

The finish was Jones’ third of 2013 and his first since Bristol, three races ago.  With six races to go, the 2013 LASTCAR Truck Series Driver’s Championship is anyone’s to win: Jones and Chris Lafferty are just one finish apart with fellow RSS Racing teammate Johnny Chapman just one finish behind Jones.  Chapman and Jones have a chance to give RSS its fourth-straight LASTCAR title.  Lafferty looks to give Jennifer Jo Cobb’s team its first following Blake Koch’s loss in a tiebreaker last year.

At Chicago Jones qualified 29th at an average speed of 168.471 mph.  He pulled behind the wall one lap before Lafferty, the 36th-place starter, in his #0 Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink Chevrolet.  Rounding out the Bottom Five were J.J. Yeley in the RSS #38, Danny Efland in the Mark Beaver-owned Advanced Electronic Services Chevrolet, and Norm Benning in the #57 Watt’s Truck Center Chevrolet.

LASTCAR STATISTICS
*This was the first last-place finish for a Chevrolet in a Truck Series race in Chicago since August 28, 2009, when Andy Ponstein’s #02 CorrieStottRacing.com Chevrolet broke the transmission on the opening lap of the EnjoyIllinois.com 225.  Kyle Busch won that race, just as he did on Friday.
*This was the first last-place finish at a Truck Series race in Chicago for Jones, the #93, and RSS Racing.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #93-Chris Jones / 3 laps / transmission
35) #0-Chris Lafferty / 4 laps / rear end
34) #38-J.J. Yeley / 4 laps / vibration
33) #50-Danny Efland / 18 laps / electrical
32) #57-Norm Benning / 21 laps / axle

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chris Lafferty (4)
2nd) Chris Jones (3)
3rd) Johnny Chapman (2)
4th) Jeff Babcock, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Ehrgott, Mike Harmon, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Scott Riggs, Scott Saunders (1)

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) #0-Jennifer Jo Cobb (5)
2nd) #93-RSS Racing (3)
3rd) #38-RSS Racing, #84-Chris Fontaine (2)
4th) #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #29-Brad Keselowski, #81-Bobby Dotter, #92-Ricky Benton (1)

LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (8)
2nd) Ford (4)
3rd) Dodge (3)
4th) Toyota (1)

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