Chad Finley Racing set to increase Truck Series schedule; seeking funded drivers for 2019

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – After a successful return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this year, Chad Finley Racing (CFR) is preparing to increase their presence in the series’ next year beginning with the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Fri., Feb. 15, 2019.

The team under the leadership of Motorsports veteran Bruce Cook hopes to run the full 23-race schedule under the rebranded NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) with current drivers Chad Finley and Robby Lyons.

While Finley and Lyons will split races aboard their No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado, the family-owned operation is seeking funded drivers to complete the program.

Currently, CFR has a flexible schedule making their program perfect for any aspiring driver wanting to climb the ladder.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve built in a short time,” said Jeff Finley, team principal at Chad Finley Racing. “We were able to post a strong top-10 finish in our first race of the season at Gateway and were able to carry that speed all the way through our last race of 2018.

“We’re working harder at the shop to make our program better and know that it takes a total team effort. The addition of a talented funded driver at a competitive investment only makes our team stronger for the goal of celebrating in Victory Lane.”

Gearing up for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona in February, Cook says the team’s performance from Lyons at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October where the Floridan contended for the race win before being shuffled in the waning laps to finish 14th.

“With Daytona opening the season, we realize it’s a huge opportunity for us to showcase our abilities,” added Cook. “Robby (Lyons) did an exceptional job with our superspeedway truck at Talladega going from the back to the front on multiple occasions and finding himself where it mattered when it counted the most, even if the result wasn’t what we hoped for.

“The good thing for our truck program is that we’re aggressively working hard in the shop using our resources to make our program better from top to bottom. From superspeedways to speedways and short tracks, we’re making the investments to have a strong platform no matter who is behind the wheel. We’re looking forward to 2019.”

Interested and qualified candidates are urged to contact Jeff Finley at jeff@chadfinleyracing.com for additional information.

The first of 23 races on the NGOTS schedule opens at the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday night, Feb. 15, 2019 airing live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR radio channel 90.

For more on Chad Finley Racing, please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

Newlywed Chad Finley set for Martinsville Truck Series debut

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Less than a week after tying the knot to longtime girlfriend Courtney Hannah, hardcore racer Chad Finley and his Reaume Bros. Racing team head to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Saturday afternoon’s Texas Roadhouse 200.

Chad Finley’s debut at the famed half-mile paperclip will be his third start of the season and fifth overall.

And while Chad has shown plenty of speed in their two attempts at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway respectively, the Bruce Cook-led team wants to bounce back from a mechanical failure at Bristol that stalled them from showcasing back-to-back top-10 finishes.

“Martinsville is our honeymoon,” Finley joked. “No, seriously. Just glad to have my best friend at my side as we continue to go in circles as much as we can. We’ll go away after the season is over, but honestly, I’m amped about getting to Martinsville this weekend. I’ve never been there, but I can’t wait.”

Even though Finley has never been to Martinsville in a truck before, he believes he’ll get up to speed quickly.

“It’s a race track that you have to study,” added Finley. “You hear time after time again how demanding Martinsville is as a track. Even though I’ve never been to Martinsville, my crew chief Bruce has and I’m going to lean on his experience to help guide my No. 33 Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers | Strutmasters.com Chevrolet Silverado this weekend.

“I also want to thank Josh Reaume and everyone at Reaume Brothers Racing for giving us a chance to go racing and chase a trophy.”

For the third race this season, joining the North Carolina-based team for the traditional fall event as a major associate partner is Strutmasters.com.

Since 1999, Strutmasters.com has served as an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits.

The Roxboro, N.C. company joined Finley in his Truck Series return at Gateway.

“Chip Lofton’s support at Strutmasters.com of our race team has been overwhelming,” said Finley. “We certainly need to make up our Bristol performance to him at Martinsville this weekend. And I think we have a great opportunity to do that.

“We’re a small team trying to make big things happen and all of the great support from our partners like him keeps our team glued together.”

With a tough field expected for the opening semi-final round of the Truck Series Playoffs, Finley plans to be respectful of the championship picture but also knows that Martinsville is a huge opportunity for not only himself but his race team in his final race of the season.

“Martinsville is going to be a stacked field, always is,” added Finley. “Everyone is fighting for position at the front. Whether it be for points and an opportunity to race at Homestead or just to put themselves in the spotlight.

“I’m going to race my competitors as clean as I can, but I’m also going to fight hard. Martinsville has been prone to first-time winners in the past and I think we have a team that’s capable of adding to that stat. It’s not going to be easy, but nothing in racing should be. We’re just going to go and give it our all and see what happens.”

Josh Reaume, co-owner of Reaume Bros. Racing and a Truck Series competitor says his organization is thrilled to have Finley drive their No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend and build on the momentum from the team’s solid performance at Talladega.

“We’re excited to work with a veteran short track racer like Chad this weekend,” he said. “His accomplishments on short tracks speak for themselves and I believe his experience will not only strengthen our team but allow the opportunity to have a good run too.”

Air Lift Company, Auto Value Certified Service Centers and Strutmasters.com will serve as the primary marketing partners for Saturday afternoon’s race.

Finley has additional support from Northsidetowing.net and XLT Engineering as well.

In addition to his four prior Truck starts, Finley, 26, has 20 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts to his credit.

In his years of ARCA competition between 2009 and 2018 Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole (track record) at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.

Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.

The Texas Roadhouse 200 (200 laps | 105.2 miles) is the 20th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Oct. 26 from 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Oct. 27 beginning at 10:05 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

For additional information on Chad Finley and his race team please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

Newlywed Chad Finley set for Martinsville Truck Series debut

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Less than a week after tying the knot to longtime girlfriend Courtney Hannah, hardcore racer Chad Finley and his Reaume Bros. Racing team in a collaborative effort with Chad Finley Racing (CFR) head to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Saturday afternoon’s Texas Roadhouse 200.

Chad FinleyFinley’s debut at the famed half-mile paperclip will be his third start of the season and fifth overall.

And while the team has shown plenty of speed in their two attempts at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway respectively, the Bruce Cook-led team wants to bounce back from a mechanical failure at Bristol that stalled them from showcasing back-to-back top-10 finishes.

“Martinsville is our honeymoon,” Finley joked. “No, seriously. Just glad to have my best friend at my side as we continue to go in circles as much as we can. We’ll go away after the season is over, but honestly, I’m amped about getting to Martinsville this weekend. I’ve never been there, but I can’t wait.”

Even though Finley has never been to Martinsville in a truck before, he believes he’ll get up to speed quickly.

“It’s a race track that you have to study,” added Finley. “You hear time after time again how demanding Martinsville is as a track. Even though I’ve never been to Martinsville, my crew chief Bruce has and I’m going to lean on his experience to help guide my No. 33 Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers | Strutmasters.com Chevrolet Silverado this weekend.

“I also want to thank Josh Reaume and everyone at Reaume Brothers Racing for giving us a chance to go racing and chase a trophy.”

For the third race this season, joining the North Carolina-based team for the traditional fall event as a major associate partner is Strutmasters.com

Since 1999, Strutmasters.com has served as an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits.

The Roxboro, N.C. company joined Finley in his Truck Series return at Gateway.

“Chip Lofton’s support at Strutmasters.com of our race team has been overwhelming,” said Finley. “We certainly need to make up our Bristol performance to him at Martinsville this weekend. And I think we have a great opportunity to do that.

“We’re a small team trying to make big things happen and all of the great support from our partners like him keeps our team glued together.”

With a tough field expected for the opening semi-final round of the Truck Series Playoffs, Finley plans to be respectful of the championship picture but also knows that Martinsville is a huge opportunity for not only himself but his race team in his final race of the season.

“Martinsville is going to be a stacked field, always is,” added Finley. “Everyone is fighting for position at the front. Whether it be for points and an opportunity to race at Homestead or just to put themselves in the spotlight.

“I’m going to race my competitors as clean as I can, but I’m also going to fight hard. Martinsville has been prone to first-time winners in the past and I think we have a team that’s capable of adding to that stat. It’s not going to be easy, but nothing in racing should be. We’re just going to go and give it our all and see what happens.”

Josh Reaume, owner of Reaume Bros. Racing and a Truck Series competitor says his organization is thrilled to have Finley drive their No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend and build on the momentum from the team’s solid performance at Talladega.

“We’re excited to work with a veteran short track racer like Chad this weekend,” he said. “His accomplishments on short tracks speak for themselves and I believe his experience will not only strengthen our team but allow the opportunity to have a good run too.”

Air Lift Company, Auto Value Certified Service Centers and Strutmasters.com will serve as the primary marketing partners for Saturday afternoon’s race.

Finley has additional support from Northsidetowing.net and XLT Engineering as well.

In addition to his four prior Truck starts, Finley, 26, has 20 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts to his credit.

In his years of ARCA competition between 2009 and 2018 Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole (track record) at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.

Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.

The Texas Roadhouse 200 (200 laps | 105.2 miles) is the 20th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Oct. 26 from 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Oct. 27 beginning at 10:05 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

For additional information on Chad Finley and his race team please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

Chad Finley and team ready for Bristol Truck Series debut

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Still reaping the benefits of their strong NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) performance in June at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park, Chad Finley and his Chad Finley Racing (CFR) head to Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) hoping to produce back-to-back top-10 finishes in Thursday night’s UNOH 200.

Rewinding back to Gateway, Finley in his No. 42 Auto Value Certified Service Centers | Strutmasters.com Chevrolet Silverado overcame a sour 20th place starting position and utilized the 160-lap race to attack the field and leave his mark.

Chad Finley, No. 42 Auto Value Certified Service Centers | Strutmasters.com Chevrolet Silverado

Finley, an accomplished competitor in the ARCA Racing Series found himself in just his third Truck Series start knocking on the door of his first top-five finish – but had to settle for sixth after an array of late race cautions.

With nearly two months in the books to fine-tune their Chevrolet Silverado, Finley and his crew chief Bruce Cook head to Thunder Valley hoping to impress again.

“Gateway was such a boost for us,” said Finley. “We really had a good truck and I can’t thank Bruce (Cook, crew chief) and the guys on the Chad Finley Racing team for putting their heart and soul into our team. It paid off at Gateway – but we want more this week at Bristol.”

Joining the No. 42 Michigan-based team for the midweek race as a major associate partner is Strutmasters.com.

Since 1999, Strutmasters.com. has served as an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits.

The Roxboro, N.C. company joined Finley in his Truck Series return at Gateway.

“I can’t thank Chip (Lofton) and everyone at Strutmasters.com. for jumping aboard for another race,” said Finley. “We’re a small team trying to make big things happen and all of the great support from our partners keeps our team glued together.”

Looking at Thursday’s race, Finley knows that his Bristol debut won’t be easy.

A stacked field means making his fourth career Truck Series start will boil down to thousandths of a second. For the Dewitt, Mich. native, the ability to make the most of the two practice sessions on Thursday morning will provide the beat to the team’s drum for the rest of the day’s activities.

“We have to make sure our No. 42 Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet is performing at full song by the end of final practice,” added Finley. “I looked at the entry list on Monday and it’s a stout field. One slip and that could be the difference from cranking the engine or sitting on the sidelines.

“I have faith in Bruce and our crew – that we’re going to be just fine. Gateway was a little bit bigger track – where you had some room to get around – but Bristol is a tight race track where it’s practically a constant conveyor belt. We need to qualify good, inside the top-10 actually to put us in a position to likely stay out of trouble and capitalize through the first two stages for the end of the race.

“We finished sixth at Gateway, I’d like to duplicate that or better and we’ll call that a good weekend. From there we can move on to our next planned Truck Series race with me at Martinsville in October.”

Auto Value Certified Service Centers, Strutmasters.com and Air Lift Company will serve as the primary marketing partners for Thursday night’s race.

Finley has additional support from Northsidetowing.net and XLT Engineering as well.

In addition to his three prior Truck starts, Finley, 26, has 20 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts to his credit.

In his years of ARCA competition between 2009 and 2018 Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole (track record) at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.

Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.

The UNOH 200 (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 16th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Aug. 16 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

For additional information on Chad Finley and his race team please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

Chad Finley returns to NASCAR Truck Series scene with Gateway attempt

MADISON, Ill. – Set to embark on his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start, veteran race car driver Chad Finley and his Chad Finley Racing (CFR) hope for a monstrous return in Saturday night’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park.

A regular on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, the Dewitt, Michigan native and crew chief Bruce Cook load up and head to Gateway looking for a top-10 finish in the first of a limited Truck Series schedule this season.

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday night,” said Finley who last competed in the Truck Series in 2015. “This is a huge chance for our race team to make some noise and compete for a strong finish.

“I really think we have the capabilities to come off the hauler pretty strong and show everyone we’re a serious contender.”

Joining the No. 42 Michigan-based team for Saturday night’s race as a major associate partner is Strutmasters.com.

Since 1999, Strutmasters.com has served as an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits.

The Roxboro, N.C. company returns to the series for the first time as a team partner since the 2011 Truck Series season with Matt Lofton at the controls.

“I’m really grateful to have this opportunity to welcome back Strutmasters.com on board with our team at Gateway,” added Finley. “They came on board for the ARCA race at Michigan and while we had a fast car – we had some back luck and didn’t get the finish we were hoping for.

“This is an opportunity for us to get that second chance and show them what we’re capable of. Bruce (Cook, crew chief) is a really smart guy when it comes to these Trucks and he feels confident that we can go out there and be competitive from the get-go.”

Competing in a Truck Series race for the first since Chicagoland Speedway nearly three years ago, Finley hasn’t finished higher than 21st in a race. However, Finley is confident that all the ingredients are together to make his return more impressionable.

“There’s going to be a lot of factors this weekend,” added Finley. “From stage racing to heat to even learning this new truck, I know the odds are going to be stacked against us, but I believe we’ve shown time and time again that our team thrives under pressure.

“We’ll see how practice goes, regroup and focus on qualifying. Getting into the show is our main goal. We think we should be able to do that. Once that’s off our plate, we’ll turn our concentration to the race.

“If we can stay on the lead lap, keep our nose clean and make adjustments throughout the race, I think a top-10 is realistic and something to build on for our next race.”

Auto Value Certified Service Centers and Air Lift Company will serve as additional marketing partners for Saturday night’s race.

Furthermore, Finley has support from Northsidetowing.net and XLT Engineering as well.

In addition to his two prior Truck starts, Finley, 26, has 20 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts to his credit.

In his years of ARCA competition between 2009 and 2018 Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole (track record) at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.

Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.

The Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 (160 laps | 200 miles) is the 10th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., June 22 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A second practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m., while a rare third practice run has been etched in from 6:35 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., June 23 beginning at 4:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

For additional information on Chad Finley and his race team please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

Chad Finley returns to hometown race with high hopes and new support

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Patiently waiting for his return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, former series winner Chad Finley (@Chad_Finley) heads to Michigan International Speedway for Friday afternoon’s ZOMONGO 200 eying his first speedway win.

Jumping aboard his family-owned team’s No. 51 Chevrolet is Strutmasters.com.

Since 1999, Strutmasters.com has served as an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits.

The Roxboro, N.C. company returns to the series for the first time as a team partner since the 2012 ARCA season with Matt Lofton at the controls.

“We are so excited to welcome Strutmasters.com on board this weekend at Michigan,” said Finley, a native of St Johns, Mich. “We work around the clock to try and bring new partners to our team and we’re glad to make it happen with Strutmasters.com.

Strutmasters.com is no stranger to ARCA and success in the series. We are hoping we can give them a good finish on Friday and maybe it will turn into more opportunities with them down the road.”

Finley has three prior starts at Michigan International Speedway’s 2.0-mile oval. In his attempts, he has maneuvered one top-five and three top-15 finishes. While running in the top-10 last year, Finley experienced a late-race issue with a tire vibration forcing the team to pit with 10 laps to go which resulted in a 12th-place finish.

“I’ve always enjoyed competing at Michigan,” said Finley who has 11 top-10 finishes in ARCA competition. “It’s a very fast race track. Maybe even faster than the restrictor plate races. You can feel the speed. With that speed must come some balance with our race car.

“We’ve always been able to launch pretty good to start the race – but our biggest challenge will be to keep up with the track changes as it gets closer to dark. Bruce (Cook, crew chief) and I have spent countless amount of time going through all the different scenarios and we have some good ideas on what we need to do this weekend at Michigan.”

Always focused on coming to the race track with the desire to win, Finley says the competition is stiff in ARCA right now and while he believes his family-owned team has the capabilities to disturb the presence of the powerhouse teams, the priority in Friday’s race is to execute a good finish.

“It’s a 200-mile race, so it will go by pretty quick,” added Finley. “We need to have a good run on Friday afternoon. We went to Charlotte a couple weeks ago with Austin Hill and we flexed some speed – but just didn’t have the finish we were looking for.

“Our expectations are pretty high for Friday. We’ll have a lot of guests being a hometown race and some of our marketing partners are nearby. If we can have a good run – we can use that momentum to what is going to be a very busy month of June.”

Auto Value Certified Service Centers and Air Lift Company will serve as additional marketing partners for Finley’s 20th career ARCA race. Along with Northsidetowing.net, XLT Engineering and Jimmies Wrecker Service and Auto Repair as associate partners.

In 19 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts, Chad Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole (track record) at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.

Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.

The ZOMONGO 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 8 with a two-hour practice session from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).
Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.