BUSCH: Chaffin disheartened with Darlington finish

(March 17, 200 - Darlington, SC.) - Chad Chaffin finished 37th in Saturdays Suncom 200 at Darlington Raceway. Posting a good qualifying run for the race, the driver of the No. 25 Marines Chevrolet Monte Carlo was a victim of an on-track incident...

(March 17, 200 - Darlington, SC.) - Chad Chaffin finished 37th in Saturdays Suncom 200 at Darlington Raceway. Posting a good qualifying run for the race, the driver of the No. 25 Marines Chevrolet Monte Carlo was a victim of an on-track incident that forced him to retire early.

"What can I say, we had a good car and were running 15th when I was hit from the side and spun. I was really excited about coming to Darlington and having a good finish. Both Team Rensi and I had decent finishes here last year and were looking forward to this years event. Getting hit and spinning was bad enough, but the timing was what got us. As I spun I got hit hard in the front end and unfortunately was the reason we were forced to retire from the race." Chaffin stated with grief.

As he does each week, Chaffin had a good car right from the start. Practice laps were good and his qualifying run earned him the 12th starting spot for the race.

Chaffin stated, "The car was really pretty nice right off the truck. We were 16th fastest during the first practice and I thought that was good considering we didn't come here and test. I was really happy with my qualifying run. I was able to run wide open in Turns 1 and 2, which was great and gave us a pretty good starting position."

"I wasn't that fast during happy hour, but I think that's because we didn't go out on sticker tires. We were consistent all day, but not extremely fast on our best lap. As we work our way through the season, we should get better."

The race started off good for the No. 25 Marines Chevrolet. Chaffin was running his own race, staying in the top fifteen trying to work his way to the front of the field, when trouble found the No. 25 car. On lap 75, Chaffin was hit by fellow competitor, Ryan Newman and was sent spinning across the track.

"This was my second time at Darlington. This race is so competitive that you really need to have a good car and run good. My guys did just that. We had the whole equation today, it's a real shame the fans weren't able to see that, Chaffin said."

Chaffin and the No. 25 Marines Team will be making their next showing this Saturday in Bristol Tenn. The Cheez-It 250 will be aired on FX at 1:00 pm.

-Shelly DeCaro

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ryan Newman , Chad Chaffin