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ARCA Menards Series
Don Thompson finished last for the second time in his ARCA Menards Series career during the FORTS USA 150 at the Pocono Raceway when his #0 GreatRailing.com Chevrolet did not start the race.
The finish came in Thompson’s 19th attempt in the ARCA Menards Series, and was his first since this race one year ago.
|Thompson's name on the roof rail.|
PHOTO: Spencer Gogol
Along with Thompson, nineteen other cars attempted the Pocono race. Mike Basham returned to Kimmel Racing’s #69, and Ed Pompa campaigned the third Fast Track Racing car with his familiar Clemson Tigers scheme. Todd Gilliland, mired in a Truck Series slump, returned for the first time since Talladega for a confidence boost, this time in Joe Gibbs Racing’s #18 car. Thad Moffitt and Bobby Gerhart continued their part-time schedules, and a couple of returning faces graced the field: Rapahel Lessard made his third start of the year for KBR Development, and Austin Wayne Self made his second start of the year for Win-Tron Racing.
|Damage sustained to Thompson's car.|
PHOTO: Spencer Gogol
As he was for much of the weekend, Todd Gilliland sat on top of the leaderboard for practice. Thompson was on the other end, approximately twelve seconds back of Gilliland and two seconds back of the next-slowest car, Richard Doheny. Qualifying was much of the same – Gilliland paced the field, and Thompson was at the bottom, though it may not have been that way if he didn’t crash. Going through the tunnel turn, the car snapped loose and the rear end kicked out, and then over-corrected to nose into the wall. That left Mike Basham as the slowest car to complete a lap, more than eleven seconds behind Gilliland.
After the crash, the Wayne Peterson Racing crew from the University of Northern Ohio worked hard to get the car back together before the race started, and they were even helped by lightning delays that pushed the start of the race back. After getting to what was considered a raceable point, the car was pushed out on the grid, only to start leaking water. It was then forced back to the garage by ARCA officials, and even though work continued a little while into the race, eventually the group gave up on the effort. Thompson was still listed as a DNS on the official stat sheet, however, likely due to the fact that his car made it to the grid before the race.
The rest of the Bottom Five exited quietly in a caution-free race. Basham, Richard Doheny, Tommy Vigh Jr., and Brad Smith all retired with mechanical issues within the first 23 laps.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
20) #0-Don Thompson / 0 laps / did not start
19) #69-Mike Basham / 2 laps / brakes
18) #11-Richard Doheny / 5 laps / vibration
17) #10-Tommy VIgh Jr. / 7 laps / electrical
16) #48-Brad Smith / 22 laps / handling
2019 LASTCAR ARCA MANUFACTURERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Ford (7)
2nd) Toyota (4)
3rd) Chevrolet (3)
4th) Dodge (1)
2019 LASTCAR ARCA OWNERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Fast Track Racing, Wayne Peterson Racing (3)
2nd) Brad Smith Motorsports, Kimmel Racing, Venturini Motorsports (2)
3rd) KBR Development, Mullins Racing, Our Motorsports (1)
2019 LASTCAR ARCA DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP