St. Louis: Chad Chaffin race notes

CHAFFIN SCORES ANOTHER TOP TEN FINISH "Veteran Solid With Another Good Points Race" MADISON, ILLINOIS (May 2, 2005) -- Chad Chaffin and his Germain / Arnold Racing team continued their impressive ways on Saturday night as they garnered their...

CHAFFIN SCORES ANOTHER TOP TEN FINISH
"Veteran Solid With Another Good Points Race"

MADISON, ILLINOIS (May 2, 2005) -- Chad Chaffin and his Germain / Arnold Racing team continued their impressive ways on Saturday night as they garnered their third straight top ten finish. Chaffin piloted his No. 30 Toyota Tundra to a ninth place finish in the running of the Dodge Ram Tough 200 under the lights at the Gateway International Raceway.

"Overall this was a solid run for our No. 30 Toyota," said Chad. "To start from the rear and come home with another top ten finish is a good point's day. We fought a tight race truck tonight after we adjusted a little too far and that hurt us a bit. Then I got pinched down into the rumple strips down in turn two and tore up the front end some. I still think we were a little faster than some of those guys in front of us but track position was crucial out there and passing was at a premium. We will go home with this solid finish and set our sights on the next race in Mansfield."

Chaffin had a rough start to his day on Saturday after a mechanical failure in the second practice session of the day forced the Germain / Arnold Racing team to change the engine in the No. 30 Tundra. This would result in Chad starting from the rear of the field even though he went on to post the 12th fastest time in the qualification session.

The drop of the green flag on Saturday night saw Chaffin slowly work his way through the field and by lap 15 he was inside the top 25. He radioed in to his crew that he was a little loose off the corners and a trip down pit road for the first time on lap 37 allowed for an adjustment along with four fresh tires and fuel. The adjustment was not enough and again Chad would bring his Tundra down pit road on lap 53 for a further adjustment. This time the adjustment seemed to initially help as by the midpoint in the race the No. 30 Tundra was racing inside the top 20.

The second half of the race would prove to be a challenge for Chad. On lap 93 he was pushed down into the rumple strips while making a move under a fellow competitor. Chad did a great job in saving his machine but sustained front end damage to his Toyota Tundra. This damage and track conditions changing gave his truck a tight condition that would plagued Chad for the remaining laps of the race. Regardless, the veteran driver would give it all he had and use his experience to move inside the top ten and come home with another solid finish.

"It just got to where I could not do much with my truck there the last 30 laps or so" stated Chaffin. "We may have adjusted just a little too much and then the track tightened up as well and we fought that. However, it was another good point's night for us as we have made up some serious ground these last three races. We are going to win our share of these races this season and you want to win each time out -- but tonight was just a solid performance for all of us."

The ninth place moved Chaffin up two spots in the driver's standings to the ninth position --only 45 points out of the top five. The No. 30 team will have one week off before heading to Ohio for the May 15th running of the UAW/GM 250 at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chad Chaffin