Chad Chaffin

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Chad Chaffin
Born (1968-07-20) July 20, 1968 (age 48)
Smyrna, Tennessee, United States
Achievements 1993, 1995 Nashville Speedway USA Track Champion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
14 races run over 4 years
Best finish 46th (2006)
First race 2004 Subway 500 (Martinsville)
Last race 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 (Chicago)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
83 races run over 10 years
Best finish 35th (2002)
First race 1993 Goodwrench 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2006 O'Reilly Challenge (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
116 races run over 9 years
Best finish 10th (2003, 2004)
First race 2000 Federated Auto Parts 250 (Nashville)
Last race 2008 Ford 200 (Homestead)
First win 2004 MBNA America 200 (Dover)
Last win 2004 Power Stroke Diesel 200 (IRP)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 29 2
Statistics current as of November 29, 2012.

Chad Chaffin (born July 20, 1968 in Smyrna, Tennessee)[1] is a former NASCAR driver.

Chaffin has raced in all three of NASCAR's major series and is currently a free agent. He was a two-time track champion at the historic Nashville Speedway USA, where he met his friend, Andy Kirby.

NASCAR career[edit]

Sprint Cup[edit]

Chad made his Sprint Cup debut in 2004 at Martinsville. Driving the #98 Mach 1 Racing Ford, he ran 100 laps before experiencing a mechanical failure and finished in 39th place. In 2005, he attempted three races with Front Row Motorsports and Mach 1 Racing. Chaffin qualified for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix and finished the race in the 43rd position after overheating issues. He began the 2006 season in the #92 Oak Gloves Chevrolet driving for Front Row Motorsports, however, he switched to the #34 Oak Gloves Chevrolet within the organization after two races. After another eight races, he yet again moved within FRM, this time to the recently acquired #61 team. Chaffin has currently made four of the fourteen races he has attempted, three in the #34 Oak Gloves Chevrolet and two cars with #61 team.

At the beginning of the 2007 season, Chaffin switched to the #37 R&J Racing car but was replaced by John Andretti before qualifying for a race. After Mike Bliss' resignation as the driver of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge on June 27, 2007, Chaffin was selected as one of the replacements with Larry Foyt. In his first attempt to qualify of the season at Loudon, Chaffin made the race after Brian Vickers and the #83 Team Red Bull Toyota were disqualified after failing post-qualifying inspection. In 2008, he attempted to qualify the #34 Chevrolet for Front Row Motorsports in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono and the Camping World RV 400 at Dover, but failed to qualify in either.

Busch Series[edit]

His NASCAR career began in a 1993 Busch Series race at Rockingham. He drove three races in the #16 31-W Insulation Chevrolet with a best finish of 29th in his debut. In 1994, he again turned to the #16 and had a best finish of 20th in seven races. During 1997 he ran one race in the #87 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet and posted a finish of 19th at Nashville. Again in 1998 he ran one race, this time in a family-owned #84 Logan's Roadhouse Ford, where he finished 28th. In 1999, Chaffin made nine starts, three with his family-owned team and six with #77 Lear Corporation Ford featuring Tony Hall as the owner. He had a best finish of 9th at Richmond.

Chaffin made 18 starts in 2000, all except for one in the #77 Lear Corporation Ford. He posted his best finish again at Richmond with an 11th place. In 2001, he drove for Team Rensi Motorsports and Day Enterprise Racing. Making 14 starts, he would have a best finish of 16th at Atlanta. 2002 is Chaffin's most active year in the Busch Series to date with 26 starts out of the 34 races. The majority of these starts came in the #16 31-W Insulation Chevrolet owned by Day Enterprise Racing. Although he struggled to finish many of the races because of mechanical failures he was able to achieve a best finish of 12th at Talladega. Chad was absent from the series for two years before returning for a race in 2005. He finished 36th in his only start during that year. For the 2006 season Chaffin was expected to compete in up to 15 events for Day Enterprise Racing in the #05 31-W Insulation Chevrolet, but ended up only making 2 starts for the team, then returned later in the year to make a single start for Sadler Bros. Racing. He has one career Top 10 finish in over 80 starts.

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

Chad first raced in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2000 with three teams. He raced the #84 Romeo Guest Associates Ford owned by Long Brothers Racing to his best finish of the season a 3rd at Nashville. He returned in 2001 and again raced with Long Brothers Racing and had a best finish of 4th. In 2002, he started only two races as well and was unable to finish either in a family-owned car. For the next two years he drove the #18 Dickies Dodge for Bobby Hamilton Racing and had two wins in 2004 (Dover International Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park). He finished a career-best 10th in the final points standings in 2003 and 2004.

In 2005, he drove for three teams and competed in 21 of the 25 races. Chaffin began the season in the #30 Germain Racing Toyota and had a best finish of fourth before bring replaced by Todd Bodine. Despite being replaced, Wyler Racing selected Chaffin as their driver and he ran 10 races with them placing 9th as his best finish. Jack Sprague then replaced Chaffin and he was left without a ride. He ran one final race in 2005 with #13 ThorSport Racing Chevrolet and finished 13th at Phoenix. For 2006, he was scheduled to drive the #40 Chevrolet for Key Motorsports in the opening races of the season, but has since left to focus on his Nextel Cup team. Ryan Moore, a Dale Earnhardt, Inc. development driver, has replaced him as of Charlotte. Chaffin made one start this season in the #02 Team Copaxone Chevrolet for Sutton Motorsports. It was announced on July 3 that Chaffin would drive the #59 Harris Trucking Ford for HT Motorsports after Steve Park's departure. In 2007 and 2008, Chaffin ran part-time in the #40 Chevrolet for Key Motorsports. In 22 combined starts, he earned two top 10 finishes.

ARCA career[edit]

Chaffin's only attempt in ARCA came in 2000 with his own Chaffin Motorsports. The #92 Upstate Helicopters Ford, which was a '97 Thunderbird, qualified third for Pro2Call 200 at Daytona. He exited the race after a transmission failure on lap 10, leaving him in the 40th position.

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2006 Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet DNQ


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