Texas: Chad Chaffin race notes

CHAFFIN'S DISAPPOINTMENTS CONTINUE IN TEXAS "Driver And Team Can't Catch A Break" FORT WORTH, TX (June 13, 2005) -- Chad Chaffin and his Germain / Arnold Racing team can't seem to catch a good break these days. Once again Chaffin and his No....

CHAFFIN'S DISAPPOINTMENTS CONTINUE IN TEXAS
"Driver And Team Can't Catch A Break"

FORT WORTH, TX (June 13, 2005) -- Chad Chaffin and his Germain / Arnold Racing team can't seem to catch a good break these days. Once again Chaffin and his No. 30 Toyota Tundra were a victim of being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on Friday night. The result was damage to the front end of their Tundra and a disappointing 23rd place finish in the running of the Chex 400K at the Texas Motor Speedway.

"We had a really strong truck tonight and one that was going to contend for the win," said Chad. "It just seems that every week here lately we have been behind trucks that decide to wreck in front of us and leave me with nowhere to go. I am not sure what happened out there tonight but they were three wide in front of me and that usually spells trouble. They started wrecking and I went low to avoid them and went through the grass a little in the tri-oval. The truck just sank when we went through there and it ended up tearing up the front nose of our Tundra. After that I was relegated to riding around out there and salvaging the best finish possible."

In a one-race sponsorship deal, the No. 30 Toyota featured the colors and products of Edy's Ice Cream and driving the "ice cream truck" seemed to suit Chad just fine. He was fast in both practice sessions and matched his season best qualifying run with a sixth place effort. This all led to high hopes for the 250-mile event on Friday evening.

The first few laps of the race showed just how strong the No. 30 Toyota was on this evening as Chad rocketed inside the top three by the first caution period on lap 29. A trip down pit road on lap 31 for service to the No. 30 truck would find Chad restarting in the 11th position once back to green. Once again Chad would charge towards the front of the field and on lap 65 was the fastest truck on the track by almost half a second.

"After that first pit stop my truck was flawless." stated Chaffin. "We were hauling the mail and at that point I knew I had a truck to win the race. I just wanted to be smart in what I did and make sure that we still had the truck like that for the end of the race."

A caution on lap 73 opened up another round of pit stops and the No. 30 team decided to pit for fuel only and gain some track position. The lap 78 restart saw Chad sitting in the third spot but he encountered some trouble on the restart and the valuable track position was lost as he took a few laps to regain his rhythm. Another caution a few laps later saw the No. 30 Tundra come down pit road for full service this time -- four tires and fuel. This put Chaffin back in the 18th position on the restart and that proved to be not the desired position. On the lap 92 restart, the three wide encounter in front of Chad left him with nowhere to go but through the grass on the front stretch and subsequently suffering the damage to the front end of his truck.

The last part of the race saw the Murfreesboro, Tennessee resident do the best he could with his damaged machine and come home with the disappointing 23rd place finish.

"I am not sure what we need to do to end this string of bad luck," said Chad. "It is starting to sound like a broken record -- the same story over and over each week. All we can do is keep our heads up and continue to do what we are doing in putting a fast truck on the track each week. Things will change soon."

Chaffin and his No. 30 Toyota Tundra now turn their attention to the Michigan Speedway for this weekend's running of the Paramount Health Insurance 200.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chad Chaffin