BUSCH: Chaffin Las Vegas review

Chad Chaffin Optimistic About Outcome at Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV. ­ March 3, 2001) ­ Chad Chaffin crossed the finish line in the 25th spot at the conclusion of the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. ...

Chad Chaffin Optimistic About Outcome at Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV. ­ March 3, 2001) ­ Chad Chaffin crossed the finish line in the 25th spot at the conclusion of the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Although Lady Luck wasn't on his side, the No. 25 Marines Chevrolet Monte Carlo team is optimistic with their finish. "This is the best finish I've had at Vegas and look at it as being a positive. Todd Bodine was just phenomenal and made it difficult to stay on the lead lap as the day went on. We're continuing to learn new things as the weeks progress and by no means do we feel that this weekend was unsuccessful." Chaffin says firmly.

Being only the second time Chaffin has raced at Vegas, they were satisfied with the way the car h andled in the initial practice, hoping it would improve and qualify well for the start of the race. Again, not having the best of luck, Chaffin ran a 32.553 second lap, giving him the 25 th starting spot for the start of the race. "Of course we would have liked to start closer to the front, but it didn't work out to our advantage. I was hoping that after a few adjustments, come race day, we'd have a really good car." Says Chaffin.

The outside car No. 66 of Tim Fedewa took the air off Chaffin's spoiler, causing the No. 25 Marines Chevrolet to spin early in the race. There was no damage to the car, but it knocked the tow out of the car. Unfortunately, the caution never came out for the incident and Chad was left with 4 flat -spotted tires and about a lap lost to leaders.

The rest of the race however, was pretty uneventful. As the drivers began dicing it up, Chaffin played it cautious, staying out of trouble, but ended up falling back in the pack. During the course of the race, there were times that the No. 25 Marines Chevrolet Monte Carlo was running lap speeds as fast as the leader, but as the tires wore and the day progressed, the car developed a push that was never overcome.

Chaffin boasts, "The guys had great pit stops all day. We struggled on new tires and with the car pushing I wasn't able to run in traffic. We're obviously still looking for more speed in our qualifying package and that should get better as we mature into the season. We gained two more spots in the point standings, althou gh we hoped for better it's still encouraging. Obviously this team is used to top -ten results consistently and I hope to improve on what we've done so far and have a good year." said Chaffin.

The No. 25 Marines Chevrolet Monte Carlo team will make their way to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the running of the Aaron's 312. The race will be aired on FX and 1:00 pm Saturday.

-TRM

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Chad Chaffin