CHAFFIN CAUGHT UP IN EARLY ACCIDENT "Wyler Racing Denied Solid Finish At Home Track" SPARTA, KENTUCKY (July 11, 2005) -- In racing, at times it is just as important to be lucky as it is to be good -- just ask NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver...
CHAFFIN CAUGHT UP IN EARLY ACCIDENT
"Wyler Racing Denied Solid Finish At Home Track"
SPARTA, KENTUCKY (July 11, 2005) -- In racing, at times it is just as important to be lucky as it is to be good -- just ask NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Chad Chaffin. On Saturday night at the Kentucky Speedway, Chaffin got some bad luck when his No. 60 Huntington Bank Toyota Tundra was caught up in an early race incident that ended his night early. The end result was a disappointing 33rd finish for Chaffin and his Wyler Racing team in the running of the Built Ford Tough 225.
"I just feel horrible for this Wyler Racing team," said Chad. "Our truck was coming in nicely and right there before that previous caution we were one of the fastest trucks on the track. We all worked hard all weekend on this No. 60 Toyota and finding that right handling on it. I think we had it about where we wanted it for the rest of the night and then we got caught up in that mess. They started wrecking in front of me and I went low and thought I had it missed and then someone just nailed me in the side. I hate it for the Wyler's as this is considered their home track and in just their third race as owners we wanted to put together a solid run for them -- and I think we would have had it but it wasn't meant to be."
Chaffin qualified his No. 60 Toyota in the 17th position for the 150-lap event under the lights. In front of a good crowd, the waving of the green flag saw Chad drop back a few positions as he battled a little bit of a loose condition on his No. 60 Tundra. However, as the laps ticked off the truck started to come in nicely for Chad and on lap 31 his crew chief -- Tony Furr -- radioed to him that he was one of the fastest trucks on the track. He started to work his way back through the field and was sitting back in the 17th position when a caution came out on lap 44.
Chad would bring his machine down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment on lap 46. He would return to the track and green flag racing in the 20th position. Unfortunately for Chaffin and his Wyler Racing team, their night would end one lap later with the on track incident between turns one and two. The heavy damage to the No. 60 Huntington Bank Toyota would force the machine behind the wall. The Wyler Racing crew would work feveriously to try to repair the damage but there was too much for the truck to return to the track.
"This is a new team and we only have two trucks so we can't afford to have our trucks torn up like that" stated Chaffin. "It was an unfortunate deal out there tonight but I have been so impressed with this team these last three weeks and we will recover from this. We do have a week off coming up so that will help all of us do some catching up and prepare for this second half of the season that lies ahead of us. I want to thank Huntington Bank, Cintas and 700 WLW for coming on board with us this week as sponsors -- we all wish we could have given them a better finish. I guess you could say all of this is part of our growing pains as a new team and we will rebound just fine."
The finish dropped Chaffin to the 20th position in the overall driver's standings -- this despite not receiving points for the Milwaukee race earlier this season due to a post entry mishap with the new team.
Chaffin and his Wyler Racing team will have a much needed week off before heading to the Memphis Motorsports Park for the July 23rd running of the O'Reilly 200.