CHAFFIN DISAPPOINTED WITH HOME TRACK RUN Driver Caught In Mid Race Trouble MANSFIELD, OHIO (May 17, 2005) -- Chad Chaffin and his Germain / Arnold Racing team had great expectations heading into Mansfield with the bullring track being ...
CHAFFIN DISAPPOINTED WITH HOME TRACK RUN
Driver Caught In Mid Race Trouble
MANSFIELD, OHIO (May 17, 2005) -- Chad Chaffin and his Germain / Arnold Racing team had great expectations heading into Mansfield with the bullring track being considered a home track for the Germain family. However, Chad and his No. 30 Toyota Tundra was an innocent victim in a mid-race skirmish which relegated him to a disappointing 32nd place finish.
"This was not the type of day we were looking for," said Chad. "We struggled a little with the handling on our Tundra all weekend and we just could not seem to get it were it needed to be. We still had a decent run going and were just hoping to stay out of trouble and come home with a solid finish and point's day. Instead we were a victim of short track racing and the end result was not a good one. We just need to put this behind us and move on to the next race."
Chaffin would start the 250-lap event in the 15th position as a result of his qualifying effort late Saturday. The early portion of the slugfest saw Chad and his No. 30 Toyota make various trips down pit road under caution to make adjustments on their "loose" race truck. The adjustments worked in tightening up the Tundra truck and Chad was running inside the top ten around the 100 lap mark.
A trip down pit road on lap 108 for four fresh tires, fuel and one more adjustment put Chad back around the 20th position and that proved to be the wrong place to be. On lap 139 a group of trucks right in front of Chad got together and blocked the track. With no where to go, the No. 30 Tundra made heavy contact with another truck which resulted in significant front end damage. Chad was forced to go behind the wall to replace the radiator in his truck and pull away damaged sheet metal. He would return to the track on lap 183 but was relegated to the 32nd place finish.
"This was just a big blow to us today in many respects." stated Chaffin. "Not only did we take a big hit in the point's race but we didn't get the finish we wanted in front of all the Germain's and a big group of their employees. This is the danger of short track racing and for the second year in a row I got caught in someone else's mess at this place. In all it was a great week in spending time with the Germain's and everyone associated with their company -- I just wish we could have given them a better finish."
The disappointing finish moved Chaffin down three spots in the driver's standings to the 12th position --37 points out of the top ten. There will be no time to dwell on the disappointing race as Chad and his team have a short week with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heading to the Lowe's Motor Speedway for a race under the lights this Friday night.