CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Dodge Ram) -- Scores First Career Victory "It was just an incredible day. The last few weeks we thought we were on the cusp of winning a race. This morning I really felt like it was in the cards. It's hard to pass...
CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Dodge Ram) -- Scores First Career Victory
"It was just an incredible day. The last few weeks we thought we were on the cusp of winning a race. This morning I really felt like it was in the cards. It's hard to pass here at Dover. This track is the Monster Mile. It has a big-time reputation. All of the races are important. If these guys got together and raced in a sandlot, I'd want to win, but to win at a Dover or Darlington is special. My guys gave me an awesome Dodge. We've got great engineers at Dodge. We've got a great engineer on our team. I just turn the setup over to the engineers. If they say go with it I don't question it. I drive it as hard as I can. This is my second season in Craftsman trucks, my 30th career start. I ran Busch for two or three years on and off. I've been racing about 13 years, and this is the biggest win of my career obviously. This is a day I didn't know would ever come. I'm thrilled. I'm speechless."
"Early in the race, we started in ninth place and moved up some. We had a really fast truck. After the first caution we came out of the pits and it felt like I had a flat tire on the right front. Actually what had happened they put a left-side tire on the right front. It doesn't have as much air. We had to come back in and that put us in the back of the pack. On the next caution, we came back in and got gas. That really won us the race. It got us off sequence. When everybody else started running out of gas, I had plenty of fuel. We didn't luck into this race, but that got us off sequence and made it a whole lot easier. I didn't really have to pass anybody at the end of the race to win it. When those guys had to pit I put 'em all a lap down. From there on out it was just hit my marks and don't make a mistake."
"I really wasn't nervous (on final restart). Coming up through the ranks, when I won a late model stock car race, I didn't think this is just a late model stock car race because to me that was the biggest thing in the world. Every single race I ever won was the most important race in the world to me. I didn't know where the double red line was, and I didn't know where to start the race. I finally saw the two red lines, and once I got the green flag I knew we had a fast truck. I just wanted to get through the first couple of corners. I knew he was a good driver and was going to give it all he had. It was just our day. I just had to hit my marks and bring it home."
"When the race started we probably had the fastest truck, but it's so hard to pass here. We were holding our own, clicking them off if we could. We had a little miscue in the pits, and I could feel it. We came back in and changed tires and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Circumstances played in our favor, but this Dickies Dodge didn't luck into this race. Bobby came in and told me thanks. Bobby is not a man of a lot of words. He's been instrumental in my career. He doesn't say a whole lot. He's a great boss, and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here today."