CHAFFIN EARNS HARD FOUGHT TOP TEN IN LOUDON "New Team Earns Best Finish Of Season" LOUDON, NH (September 19, 2005) - Chad Chaffin and his Wyler racing team have been strong of late and on Saturday they finally got the finish to prove it.
CHAFFIN EARNS HARD FOUGHT TOP TEN IN LOUDON
"New Team Earns Best Finish Of Season"
LOUDON, NH (September 19, 2005) - Chad Chaffin and his Wyler racing team have been strong of late and on Saturday they finally got the finish to prove it. Chaffin piloted his No. 60 Toyota Tundra to a much deserved ninth place finish in the running of the Sylvania 200 at the New Hampshire International Speedway.
"We were way overdue for a finish like this," said Chad. "It is only a ninth place finish but it was a good day for us. We have had some strong runs here lately but just never got the finishes to show for it so this is a step in the right direction for this young Wyler Racing team. We pitted there towards the end for fuel because we were afraid that maybe we could not make it. With the way our luck has been this year we decided it was best to play it safe. I am really proud of my guys at Wyler Racing and I think we all feel good about finishing in the top-10. "
Chaffin knew that he had a good truck during the two practice sessions on Friday in race-trim but it did not seem as good in the teams mock qualifying run. However, on Saturday morning Chad would post the fourth fastest qualifying lap which would line him up outside the second row when the green flag dropped.
"I was a little surprised with our qualifying lap," said Chaffin. "But I also think that the late draw helped us because the track sure was green for those early trucks. I knew we had a strong truck in race trim and now we had some early track position and that would be key."
The start of the race would see the No. 60 Tundra hang around the top five with Chad saying little over the radio. Under the first caution on lap 23, Chad would report that he was experiencing a little tightness but overall the truck was not bad. Chad would come down pit road for the first time on lap 57 under caution for four fresh tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel. The Wyler Racing crew knocked off a good pit stop and with some trucks not pitting under that caution he would restart the race on lap 60 in the 13th position.
The middle portion of the 200-lap event would see Chaffin hang around the top-10 and find a fast groove running the high line around the track. He would radio to his crew that the truck was pretty good and it felt fast around the higher groove. The Wyler Racing team would pit again on lap 108 for four tires and fuel. Chad would return to the track in the 12th position and would remain there when caution flew again on lap 128. Not wanting to gamble on fuel mileage, the No. 60 Toyota would come down pit road for fuel only and a small adjustment on lap 130.
The last 70 laps of the event would see some of the best racing of the season in the Craftsman Truck Series. Chad would slide back inside the top-10 on lap 172 and would remain there until the checkered flag saw him and his Wyler Racing team come home with the much deserved ninth place finish.
"These are the type of races that we are capable of doing every week," stated Chaffin. "This team has grown nicely over the last month or so and I can't say enough about Tony Furr (crew chief) and what he has done with this team. I am very glad that we got to finally give the Wyler's the type of finish that they deserve and this will give all of us some positive momentum going into the rest of the season."
The ninth place finish was the top for the Toyota camp and it also moved Chad up two spots in the overall driver's standings to the 21st spot.
The No. 60 Toyota and the Wyler Racing team travel to Las Vegas this week for Saturday night's running of the Las Vegas 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.