CHAFFIN SLIDES HOME 16TH IN VEGAS "Driver Scores Another Solid Run" LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (September 27, 2005) -- The city that never sleeps offered up some excitement for Chad Chaffin and his No. 60 Toyota Tundra. A wild ride through the grass...
CHAFFIN SLIDES HOME 16TH IN VEGAS
"Driver Scores Another Solid Run"
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (September 27, 2005) -- The city that never sleeps offered up some excitement for Chad Chaffin and his No. 60 Toyota Tundra. A wild ride through the grass and across the finish line capped off an eventful 16th place finish for Chaffin in the running of the Las Vegas 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
"This was not exactly the finish we were looking for but we were able to put together another solid run for this Wyler Racing team," said Chad. "We chased the handling on our Tundra all day but during the race I found that I could run on the bottom real well and that turned out to be the key for us. We got trapped a lap down when we got spun down the backstretch and we were never able to get that lap back. We were a little better than our finish indicates and that is the main thing we can take from our trip to Las Vegas."
With Chad and the team chasing their handling package, they would start the 146-lap event from the 25th spot as a result of their qualifying effort earlier in the day on Saturday. It didn't take long for the fireworks to begin with a few trucks wrecking directly in front of the No. 60 Toyota on lap two. Fortunately, Chad was able to elude the wreckage and would be running inside the top-20 by lap 11. A long green flag run would follow and around lap 40 Chad would be using the bottom groove to be one of the fastest trucks on the track.
Chad would come down pit road for the first time under green flag conditions on lap 54 for four tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel. The cycle of green flag stops would return the No. 60 Tundra to the track in the 18th position and right in front of the leader. Chad would maintain his position and race with the leader until disaster struck on lap 67 in the form of a bump from behind that sent Chaffin spinning in turn two. The truck would receive no damage but another trip down pit road was required for four fresh Goodyear's.
Chad would restart the race on lap 74 in the 19th position and one lap down from the leaders. The team encouraged Chad to maintain the low groove he had been running and he would be in a good spot to get his lap back. The truck continued to post some of the fastest laps on the track and Chad would move up inside the top-15 by lap 110. The last pit stop of the day would see the Wyler Racing crew knock off an impressive 16-second stop for four fresh tires and fuel on lap 113. Chaffin would climb as high as 14th in the running order but he was never able to receive the "lucky dog" honor in order to get the lap back. Instead, he would race with a handful of lap down trucks for some valuable spots in the closing laps. As the No. 60 Tundra circled the track for the last time, it became entangled with a fellow racer coming off turn four and subsequently went spinning through the grass on the front stretch and across the finish line in the 16th spot.
"The last few last laps there was just typical door to door racing that this series is known for," stated Chaffin. "The No. 12 truck and I got together there off turn four coming to the checkers and my truck started to come around on me. Instead of trying to correct it and risk putting it into the outside wall and in front of the trucks behind me, I saw the wide open grass and with it being the last lap just ran it down there to keep everything safe. In all, it was not a real bad day for this Wyler Racing team but we just struggled a little bit on our handling and that hurt us some. I have to commend the guys on my team as we had awesome pit stops out there tonight and that is another testament to their hard work."
While the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is off until the October 22nd event at Martinsville, Chad and the Wyler Racing team will be busy testing each of the next three weeks.