CHAFFIN SUFFERS BAD LUCK ONCE AGAIN "Driver Caught Up In Others Mess" CONCORD, NC (May 23, 2005) -- For the second week in a row Chad Chaffin was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver had his strong...
CHAFFIN SUFFERS BAD LUCK ONCE AGAIN
"Driver Caught Up In Others Mess"
CONCORD, NC (May 23, 2005) -- For the second week in a row Chad Chaffin was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver had his strong run derailed on Friday night after getting collected in a multiple truck incident that unfolded directly in front of his No. 30 Toyota. The result was a disappointing 30th place finish in the running of the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"We just can't catch a break," said Chaffin. "We had a strong truck out there tonight that we worked on and dialed in. I was racing with the 66 and 4 out there and they got together right in front of me and I was left with nowhere to go. That is the second week in a row that we were a victim of other trucks wrecking in front of us and leaving us with no where to go. I hate it for this team as they put a strong truck under me and we were positioned to contend for the win."
Chaffin earned his best starting position of the young season by qualifying his Toyota Tundra sixth during the qualifications on Thursday night. The drop of the green flag on Friday night for the 134 lap event saw Chaffin and his No. 30 Toyota drop back a little with a "tight off the corner" condition that was hurting him in traffic. With a long race ahead of him, the veteran took what his truck would give him until he brought it down pit road under caution on lap 29 for four fresh tires, fuel and a minor adjustment. Chad would restart the event in the 20th position and he quickly radioed to his crew that the truck was better and it showed as he began to march through the field. He would make another trip down pit road on lap 60 for another small adjustment along with tires and fuel which would once again put him back in the 20th spot.
"We needed a few pit stops to get our handling just where we needed it," stated Chad. "With each stop we made our truck better and we had it right where we needed it for us to make a charge to the front."
And charge to front was just what Chad would do. Once back to green flag racing he would maneuver his way inside the top ten and was running eighth when disaster struck on lap 77. While running behind the No. 66 and No. 4 trucks, Chad was left with no where to go when they got together and collected the No. 30 Toyota as well as a few others. The result was heavy front end damage to the Germain/Arnold Racing entry and although a few attempts were made to repair the damage and return to the track it was the end of the evening for Chaffin and his team as they were left with a 30th place finish to show for their efforts.
"We have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time the last few weeks," stated Chad. "There was not much I could do when they got together in front of me as they had the track blocked. It is just very unfortunate as we had our truck pretty good and I think we would have had something for them at the end. All we can do is put this one behind us as well and move on to Dover in two weeks -- which is where I got one of my two wins last year and I think you will see us with another strong truck there."
The 30th place finish dropped Chaffin two spots in the overall driver's standings to the 14th position. Chad and his Germain/Arnold Racing team will have a week off before heading to the Dover International Speedway for the June 3rd running of the MBNA 200.