Chad Chaffin and Crew Chief Kip McCord Doing Their Homework Pay Offs: (Chad Chaffin) "I like Kentucky. I think it's our second best paying race. I always look at the money. The glory of winning is the big thing, and the close second is the ...
Chad Chaffin and Crew Chief Kip McCord Doing Their Homework
Pay Offs: (Chad Chaffin) "I like Kentucky. I think it's our second best paying race. I always look at the money. The glory of winning is the big thing, and the close second is the money. I'm really beginning to like these mile and one-half tracks. At first I really didn't understand how to drive them and maybe I still don't, but I feel like I'm better than what I was. A lot of that is owed to Bobby (Hamilton) teaching me things or watching him race. I'm probably more comfortable racing on bigger tracks now than I am at short tracks. My whole focus has changed."
Just Another Race: (Kip McCord) "Kentucky is just another race track to me. I'm taking the approach that I'm excited about going because I want to win races. We've got a little taste of winning now and we just want to keep doing it. No matter who wins in our organization, if we run second to the Square D Dodge or they run second to us, it is a plus for our entire group. In all reality if both teams are successful, then we keep getting sponsorship opportunities and have a job. Mainly we keep having fun and that is what it's all about."
Homework: (Chad Chaffin) "We've got to do a little homework after Kansas. This Dickies Racing Team has really hit on some good racing setups lately like in Charlotte and Texas. We were not quite right at Kansas, so we're going to have to go back and get with Bobby. We'll see if we can get their setup for Kentucky or we will go back through some of our notes where we did some testing this year."
Points Racing: (Chad Chaffin) "I am kind of both ways. I try to points race a lot toward the end of the race. I don't go into the race thinking how I run 10th, but toward the end of the race I think how do I come out with my best finish possible. This year we were really chucking right along and then had two bad races in a row. We fell to 15th in points, now we're back up to sixth. When they said something to me after the race in Milwaukee about how many points I was behind Dennis Setzer, it told me that people see us as part of this championship race. The main thing is I still want to see us win more races. To be a championship team, you have to be consistent winners. So I think we're still working on getting better."
* Chad is racing Scarface this weekend in Kentucky.
Turning Points: (Kip McCord) "The Dickies team has had two turning points this year. It was Atlanta and Charlotte. We really started understanding what we wanted after Atlanta. For me, I got more serious then. We look to Bobby (Hamilton, teammate) to set the bar for us with him being the veteran and us looking up to him. He went to Atlanta and outran everybody. He made us all look bad. We had virtually the same truck that he had; it was the one he won Homestead with. I was mad when I left there because we didn't run well. So we started getting serious about what we wanted and what Chad wanted. We really looked for help from engineering and so that race was a big stepping stone for us. In Charlotte I think it finally clicked that we had a really fast truck, now we understand what Chad likes and doesn't. After that it seemed like the ball started rolling then."