CHAFFIN ROLLS TO 7TH PLACE FINISH IN ATLANTA "Dominant Performance Cooled By Last Set Of Tires" HAMPTON, GEORGIA (March 21, 2005) -- The third race of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season was a charm for Chad Chaffin and his Germain...
CHAFFIN ROLLS TO 7TH PLACE FINISH IN ATLANTA
"Dominant Performance Cooled By Last Set Of Tires"
HAMPTON, GEORGIA (March 21, 2005) -- The third race of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season was a charm for Chad Chaffin and his Germain / Arnold Racing team. For the third race in a row the No. 30 Toyota Tundra was solid all day and finally Chad and the team got a much deserved finish as they came home seventh in the running of the World Financial Group 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"We had an awesome truck all night and positioned ourselves to be in victory lane," said Chaffin. "I could run just about anywhere on the track tonight and I was able to keep the momentum wound up which is crucial at a track like Atlanta. That last pit stop we put a set of scuffs on and my truck just was not as good and I had a hard time with grip as the truck was sliding around a little more. But we were still able to run up there with the lead guys and come home safely with a solid finish."
Chaffin started the 200 mile event from the 13th starting spot as a result of his qualifying effort earlier in the day on Friday. The No. 30 crew knew that they had a fast Tundra for the race as they were consistently one of the fastest trucks in the days two practice sessions on Friday. It was evident very early in the race just how strong Chad and his Toyota truck were as they quickly charged inside the top five by lap 20 and were running second by the 30 lap mark.
A trip down pit road under caution on lap 40 for four fresh tires and fuel saw the No. 30 truck re-start from the fourth position on lap 44. The dominance of Chaffin showed again as he charged to the point and took over the lead on lap 50 (Chad would go on to lead a total of 11 laps during the event). The second half of the race saw Chad comfortably ride in the top three knowing that he had a truck to win. The final pit stop of the evening on lap 106 saw the team service the truck with the four tires (scuffs), fuel and a minor air pressure adjustment. Back to green flag racing for a 20 lap shootout, Chad quickly radioed back to his crew that the scuff tires were not as good and he was not able to flat foot it anymore around the track. In the end, Chaffin gave it all he had and came home with a strong seventh place finish.
"This team just continues to give me awesome trucks each time out" stated Chad. "Our Toyota Tundra tonight was flying out there and if it was not for that last set of tires not being as good -- then I strongly believe that you would have seen us in the winners circle. But, after our finishes in Daytona and California we needed to come home with a finish like this. We have had strong trucks these first three races and tonight we finally had no problems and have a finish to show for our efforts. We have some positive momentum to take into the next race and the rest of the season."
The finish moved Chaffin up 11 spots in the driver's standings to the 17th position -- a mere 43 points out of the top ten. The No. 30 team has a few weeks off before they head to the next event on April 9th at the Martinsville Speedway.