Loudon: Chad Chaffin preview

Daytime Job: "A lot of people don't realize I have another job besides driving the Dickies Dodge in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I own a carpet padding recycling business in Middle Tennessee. We pick up used carpet padding and sell it to the...

Daytime Job: "A lot of people don't realize I have another job besides driving the Dickies Dodge in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I own a carpet padding recycling business in Middle Tennessee. We pick up used carpet padding and sell it to the recycling industry. It is a small business, but it needs a lot of attention. I try to go to the office one or two days a week and handle the business side of stuff. I generally head out to the race shop or track as soon as I finish there. This little job of mine is a lot less important to me than it has been the last couple of years because I got the opportunity to drive for BHR. I needed this company to subsidize my income. Now, it's just something I got into and I want it to work out. When my driving career is over, I wanted to have this particular business to fall back on. I'm spending less time with it now, but it's running itself. That is a good thing, not a bad thing. I just want to make sure it's taken care of because one day I'll be relying on it to put food on the table for my family and me."

New Hampshire Preview: "New Hampshire will be a strong track for Bobby Hamilton Racing. I am looking forwarded to going there and getting our top-10 streak back. I qualified seventh there last year and finished sixth. I think we can easily repeat that, hopefully we can beat it. The past few weeks I think we have gotten ahead of ourselves a little bit. The Dickies Racing Team is going back to the basics for NHIS. The last time we raced this truck we ended up in victory lane. I am confident we can be there on Saturday when it is all over. We are going to take a setup that is a little more dependable and get ourselves back to championship form. BHR is determined to get back on top. We've proven that we are capable of doing it, so it should be easier for us to show it again."

Notes:

* Chad is racing Butthead this weekend at New Hampshire. He has three top-five finishes, including a win at IRP, in this particular truck.

* Chaffin finished sixth at NHIS last season.

Tight vs. Loose: "I don't prefer either. However, the last few races I have battled a tight truck which has resulted in some inconsistent finishes. Coming up through the ranks I won more races with a tight vehicle, than a loose one. Generally in local racing on a half-mile track, you'll beat the guys that get loose. As you get into Craftsman Truck Series racing, it's hard to win with a tight truck. A loose vehicle is typically faster; it's just not as consistent and falls off after a few laps. For example, at Richmond I was tight all night until our last pit stop when we finally freed up the truck. I was able to pass trucks immediately, but then it became very loose making it difficult to maneuver around trucks. But somebody out there will have their truck just loose enough to outrun you. Tight is more comfortable, but you can't win by being tight at this level."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Chad Chaffin