It may have been a long time coming, but Bobby Hamilton Racing driver Chad
Chaffin finally scored that elusive first career Craftsman Truck Series win
Friday when he took the checkered flag in the MBNA 200 at Dover International
Not only was Friday a good day for Chaffin and Bobby Hamilton Racing, but it was
also a record-setting day for the Craftsman Truck Series. Six races into the
2004 campaign, six different drivers have visited victory lane following a Truck
Chaffin may have led only once, but his stint at the front was a lengthy one --
over 50 laps -- and was when it mattered -- at the end.
Things didn't look so good for Chaffin early on, as a tire problem forced him to
make an unscheduled pit stop, but what seemed to spell doom early on ended up
being a blessing in the end. The unscheduled stop enabled Chaffin to stay out
under a caution during which most drivers, including Mike Skinner, who had
dominated the race to that point, had to come down pit road for fresh rubber and
Chaffin was able to stay out front from there on out to claim his mileston win.
Before Chaffin's stint at the front of the pack, it looked as if Toyota was
going to make its first visit to victory lane -- a la Skinner, but Skinner wound
up fourth, just ahead of fellow Toyota driver Hank Parker Jr. Rick Crawford
claimed runner-up honors in a Ford.