CHAFFIN SCORES TOP TEN IN MICHIGAN "Persistence Pays Off For Driver And Team" BROOKLYN, MI (June 20, 2005) - Chad Chaffin may have earned the hardest top ten finish of his career on Saturday at the Michigan International Speedway. Chaffin ...
CHAFFIN SCORES TOP TEN IN MICHIGAN
"Persistence Pays Off For Driver And Team"
BROOKLYN, MI (June 20, 2005) - Chad Chaffin may have earned the hardest top ten finish of his career on Saturday at the Michigan International Speedway. Chaffin battled early handling issues but his crew remained determined to dial-in their No. 30 Toyota Tundra and they did just that as they came home with a solid seventh place finish in the running of the Paramount Health Insurance 200.
"Our team kept with it all day," said Chad. "This Germain/Arnold team is the hardest working bunch I've ever seen. Last night, we knew my truck was pretty good, but then today we felt we had fallen behind in our adjustments. We weren't good this morning (in qualifying) and when the race started we were 'junk'. We fell back early in the race. They kept making adjustments and we really came to life with about 20 laps left. >From then on out -- until the end -- it was just a matter of picking and choosing my passes. If you jumped out of line here you'd lose 10 spots -- just like at Daytona. I did that early in the race when I went down low to 'test the waters.' I never went low again unless I thought I had the move and could complete the pass."
Chaffin started the 200 mile event from the 12th starting position after his qualifying effort on Saturday morning. The drop of the green flag would result in the No. 30 Toyota dropping back through the field as Chad reported to his crew that he his truck was extremely loose. A trip down pit road for the first time on lap 19 saw the Germain / Arnold Racing crew service their Tundra with four fresh tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
A caution on lap 33 still saw Chaffin dealing with a loose race truck so he brought his Toyota down pit road for fuel and a track bar adjustment. That seemed to not help either and Chad raced right around the 20th position on the track. Another caution at the midpoint of the race saw the No. 30 Toyota come down pit road again with this time the crew making an adjustment on the front shocks. Back to green flag racing, Chad reported that the change seemed to help this time and he slowly began to move up through the field. The last stop of the day for the Germain / Arnold crew would allow for four fresh tires and enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.
"My guys threw about everything at our truck and finally we hit upon something that worked for our Tundra," stated Chaffin. "Those guys never gave up and once we got it good our truck was one of the fastest on the track."
Back to green flag racing on lap 68, Chad posted some of the best lap times of the day and quickly worked his way towards the front of the field. By lap 80 he was inside the top 20 and passing trucks for position on every lap. When a late caution fell on lap 92, Chad was sitting in the ninth position with hopes of more green flag racing. Unfortunately, the race would see only one more green flag lap and Chad would come home with a hard earned seventh place finish.
"I am so proud of my team with the no quit attitude they had today," said Chad. "It was not an easy day for any of us but we worked together to get a hold of the handling on our truck and we have a top ten finish to show for it. It was a good points day and I am happy with that as we really needed it. Maybe this will be a momentum turning week for us and turn our season in the right direction."
Chaffin and his hard working team will head to the famous Milwaukee Mile this coming week for the running of the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 on Friday night.