Kansas: Chad Chaffin race notes

CHAFFIN AND NEW TEAM FIGHT FOR TOP 15 FINISH "New Team Impressive In Short Time" KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (July 4, 2005) -- The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for Chad Chaffin but he still has two top 20 finishes to show for it along with...

CHAFFIN AND NEW TEAM FIGHT FOR TOP 15 FINISH
"New Team Impressive In Short Time"

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (July 4, 2005) -- The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for Chad Chaffin but he still has two top 20 finishes to show for it along with his new team -- Wyler Racing. On Saturday, Chaffin piloted the No. 60 Wyler Racing Toyota Tundra to a 15th place finish in the running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway.

"This really has been a wild two week period but we are building something pretty special here," said Chad. "The Wylers and Tony Furr have built this team in less than two weeks and for us to be as competitive as we have been in this series' is a testament to the hard work of everyone. Our Tundra was off a little in the early stages of the race today and we had a set of tires there in the middle of the race that didn't seem to be as good. But we worked on it all day and there at the end I think we were one of the best trucks out on the track. In all, not too bad of a day for a two week old team -- our finishes will improve here in the next few races."

Chaffin started the 250 mile event from the 17th starting position after his qualifying effort on Friday. The drop of the green flag would see the No. 60 Tundra move up through the field and Chad was sitting in the 12th spot as the first caution flew on lap 29. He would bring his truck down to the attention of this Wyler Racing crew the very next lap for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment. Chad would return to the track in the 25th position and would hang around there as the handling started to go away on his Toyota Tundra.

A caution on lap 51 allowed Chaffin to come down pit road again for some timely service and a track bar adjustment. Back to green flag racing, Chad radioed in that the adjustment seemed to work but he did not like this set of tires as well as the others. When the next caution came out Chad would once again duck down pit road for four new tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel. A subsequent long green flag run would see the No. 60 Toyota actually loose a lap to the leaders as the driver and team chased the handling on their truck a little more.

Chaffin would pit under caution on lap 122 for tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment. He would return to green flag racing sitting in the 22nd position with his sights set on getting his lap back and he would do that with a late caution and red flag on lap 154. The team would bring their Tundra down pit road for service for the last time on lap 155 and Chad would return to the track on the lead lap and in the 20th position. The last ten laps of the event would see Chad and his No. 60 Wyler Racing Toyota move swiftly up through the field to an eventual 15th place finish.

"I wish we would have had some more green flag laps there at the end because our truck was the best it was all day right there," stated Chaffin. "I am amazed and proud of what the guys on this team have accomplished in such a short time and that has me really excited for the rest of the season. You just don't put a race team together in such a short period of time and still be out there racing at the same time -- but these guys have and my hat is off to them. It was tough a few weeks ago when the No. 30 team wanted to change direction but the Wylers called me right away and I think this is going to be the best for me in the long run. I can't wait to head to Kentucky and put on a great show for the Wyler organization."

Chaffin and his hard working team will head this week to the home turf of the Wyler Automotive Family as they roll into the Kentucky Speedway for the Saturday July 9th running of the Ford Built Tough 225 under the lights.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chad Chaffin