(February 25, 2001 -- Charlotte, NC) -- Chad Chaffin, driver of the No. 25 Marines/Team Rensi Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished 22 nd at the conclusion of Saturdays running of the Alltel 200 at The North Carolina Motor Speedway. Chaffin...
(February 25, 2001 -- Charlotte, NC) -- Chad Chaffin, driver of the No. 25 Marines/Team Rensi Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished 22 nd at the conclusion of Saturdays running of the Alltel 200 at The North Carolina Motor Speedway.
Chaffin is driving for a new team in 2001, seated behind the wheel of the No. 25 Marines Chevrolet owned by Team Rensi Motorsports. Both Chaffin and Team Rensi have run well at Rockingham in the past and were looking forward to continuing that same success for the 200-mile race on Saturday. Chaffin explains. "Rockingham is a track I definitely enjoy. I've had some good runs, both qualifying and finishes. We had a bit of bad luck last week and we were really hoping to have a good race here this weekend."
Prior to the Busch Series drivers getting into their cars this weekend, Chaffin took time out of his busy schedule to make an appearance at Rockingham High School on Thursday. Speaking to a large group students, many involved in the ROTC program, Chaffin signed autographs and spoke on driver safety.
The No. 25 Marines Chevrolet started the weekend off running well in Friday's practice, considering the amount of laps run. Chaffin posted the 14 th fastest car on the track, but limited to the number of laps he could run due to minor brake problems. "The car ran good during practice and we were pretty satisfied with it. We had a bit of a brake issue. They weren't suitable to me and the guys made some adjustments hoping it would help. Our best lap was the first lap. The car didn't seem to get any better as practice went on, which was a bit disappointing." Chaffin said.
Not having the ability to turn in the corners during his qualifying attempt, Chaffin's best lap time was 24.181 seconds, awarding him the 29 th starting spot. "We weren't really happy with our qualifying run. It was the slowest lap I made all day as far as having new tires. I had trouble getting the car turned in the middle of the corner. I thought it might still be a brake issue and tried to adjust my last qualifying lap so that I could turn better and it ended up being loose coming off the corner, which really affected the run."
Putting the disappointing qualifying effort behind, the team concentrated on the final happy hour session. A few more adjustments were done and Chaffin finally felt the car was comfortable enough to drive to his liking. Chaffin boasts "We felt the car was finally where it needed to be for the race. Additional adjustments were made and they seemed to work well for us, I really thought we had a good car for the race."