Chad Finley Racing eyes strong Kentucky Speedway performance

SPARTA, Ky.: Following a strong performance in their most recent mile-and-a-half NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May, Chad Finley Racing (CFR) heads to Kentucky Speedway eyeing a duplicate performance but with a top-10 finish in Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

Set to make his fourth start of the season aboard his No. 42 Strutmasters.com | Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet Silverado, Finley is eager to prove his worth and showcase his team’s ability in their limited Gander Truck schedule.

“I’m ready for Kentucky,” said Finley who last competed in the Truck Series at Iowa Speedway last month. “I’m really proud of this Chad Finley Racing team. I don’t think everyone knows how crucial it is for a small team like ours to come out and compete against some of the powerhouses in the series.

“Even though we don’t have all the finishes to back up our on-track performances, people are taking notice and that’s the fuel for our fire to come to the track this week and contend for a top-10 finish.”

Finley credits the success to his Mooresville, N.C.-based team towards the endless efforts of his crew chief and team manager Bruce Cook. In addition to Trucks, Cook has been involved in the team’s driver development program which showed a top-10 finish in the K&N Pro Series East with Parker Retzlaff at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park last month.

“Bruce is an absolute menace when it comes to working on race cars,” added Finley. “Anything he touches he wants it to be successful, no matter how many hours or days it takes. We’ve had fast trucks this season – but just circumstances that have kept us from being in the spotlight.

“I feel like we can go to Kentucky Speedway and be competitive. I saw at Chicagoland where qualifying was literally separated by a couple tenths of a second. For us, it will be making sure we use practice to our advantage – so we can get a good scope on what our truck will do for qualifying and then moving forward with the race.

“Even though I’ve never been there, I think we can do well. We just want to try and earn some stage points and contend for a top-10 finish. We’ve had a lot of support from Strutmasters.com, Air Lift Company and Auto Value Certified Service Centers – so it would be great to reward them with our best finish of the year at Kentucky.”

While circumstances beyond the team’s control have forced them to adjust their intentions of running the full Truck Series schedule this season, team principal Jeff Finley explained that the team’s ability to regroup and run a partial schedule will ultimately prove to be the right decision.

“We’ve could have gone out and run every race this season, but it would not have been up to the standard we set forth every time we leave the shop and head to the race track,” sounded Jeff Finley.

“Chad Finley Racing prides itself on putting competitive equipment with an opportunity to win races. Now, that we’re able to pick and choose our races and we’re confident in our capabilities and look forward to the chance to showcase that not only at Kentucky Speedway but in future races no matter who is behind the wheel.”

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

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

Finley also has additional support from Northsidetowing.net, XLT Engineering and Sunwest Construction LLC. for the 13th race of the season.

In addition to his eight prior Gander Truck starts, Finley, 27, has 20 ARCA Menards Series 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 Buckle Up Your Truck 225 (150 laps| 225 miles) is the 13th of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., July 11 from 9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. A final practice session is set for 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (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 ready for more at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, Iowa. – On the heels of a strong performance at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway last month, Chad Finley Racing (CFR) heads to Iowa Speedway with driver Chad Finley looking for their second career top-10 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) finish in Saturday night’s M&M’s 200.

In his second NGOTS start of the year in the backyard of NASCAR country at Charlotte, Finley put on a thrilling performance which included rallying from a mid-race miscue to bolt into the top-10 before a late-race restart buckled the team’s opportunity to capitalize on their strong night.

Knowing they could have easily finished inside the top-10, being in the wrong lane at the wrong time on the final restart of the night hindered Finley’s opportunity at earning his best speedway finish in Trucks and instead left the Mooresville, N.C.-organization with an 18th place finish.

Still, the team is upbeat about their Charlotte effort and plans to finish what they started in the Midwest at Newton’s Iowa Speedway.

“I’m really hoping for a strong weekend at Iowa Speedway,” said Finley. “I’m really proud of the efforts of my Chad Finley Racing team and their ability to put a fast Strutmasters.com, Air Lift Company and Auto Value Certified Service Centers Truck on the race track. No doubt we’re going to Iowa this week planning to finish what we started at Charlotte.”

It’s been 10 years since Finley has been to Iowa’s 0.875-mile short track. In 2009, Finley, a native of DeWitt, Mich. competed in an ARCA Menards Series race driving for Brad Keselowski Racing. Despite qualifying mid-pack, Finley rallied to earn a ninth-place finish in just his second career ARCA start.

His second consecutive top-10 finish at the time is one of 11 top-10 finishes in 20 career ARCA Menards Series races that spans over five seasons. While competing at a track a decade ago can be tough to rekindle, Finley still has a good memory of the facility and the type of racing it embraces.

“Iowa is a fun place,” Finley added. “It’s been a long time, a real long time since I’ve been there, but I’m hoping the fundamentals are pretty much the same.

“While there’s plenty of racing grooves, track position and tire conservation is still incredibly important. Thankfully, when it comes to my team, I feel like I have one of the best in the business in my crew chief Bruce Cook and look forward to seeing what we can do on Saturday night.”

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

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

Finley also has additional support from Northsidetowing.net and XLT Engineering as well for the 10th race of the season.

In addition to his seven prior Truck starts, Finley, 27, has 20 ARCA Menards Series 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 M&M’s 200 (200 laps|175 miles) is the 10th of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Sat., June 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. A final practice session is set for 10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:35 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), 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.

Visconti Motorsports welcomes new driver for K&N East debut at Memphis

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Visconti Motorsports in a collaborative effort with Chad Finley Racing (CFR) announced today that the team will compete in the upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway with newcomer Parker Retzlaff (@Parker79p) at the helm.

Retzlaff, 16, joins Visconti Motorsports for Saturday night’s The Memphis 150 presented by AUTOZONE where the Bruce Cook-led team will look to earn their first win of the season.

“We feel like we have a very good prospect going forward with him,” said Visconti Motorsports team principal John Visconti III. “He’s great socially, a great driver. He needs to learn these K&N cars a little bit because they’re heavier.

“But we see a (bright) future with him. Going forward, we feel like he’s going to be a great addition to our program, and I believe they’re going to be with us for a long time.”

Retzlaff leaps to the K&N East Series with a variety of racing experience.

Beginning his racing career at age seven, he moved up to asphalt and dirt track at age 12. He finished sixth in the Midwest Truck Series point standings last season and was the 2017 Rookie of the Year in the E3 Spark Plugs Triple Crown Series, while finishing second in the championship standings.

Earlier this year, the youngster made his Super Late Model debut for Chad Finley Racing at Myrtle Beach (Va.) Speedway.

“I’m very excited and humbled about this opportunity to compete in the K&N Pro Series East with Visconti Motorsports this weekend,” said Retzlaff. “The K&N East Series is stacked with tons of talent and the competition is extremely tight – but I feel like I can go to Memphis and learn the car and make gradual improvements throughout the race to put us in a good place for the race.

“Of course, any driver goes to the race to win. But we’re being realistic this weekend. If we can leave Memphis with all the laps completed and a top-10 finish – that would be a huge win for us and great motivation towards our next race.”

At Memphis, Retzlaff’s effort will be backed by longtime marketing partner Ponsse, a Finland-based company that manufactures and markets a range of forestry vehicles and machinery such as forwarders and harvesters.

“I can’t say enough about what it means to me to represent Ponsse,” added Retzlaff. “For them to take a chance on me certainly means a lot to me and I’m eager for the opportunity to put them in Victory Lane.”

Visconti Motorsports is running a partial K&N Pro Series East schedule in 2019. In addition to Memphis, Retzlaff is also scheduled to drive the No. 74 Ponsse Chevrolet at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

The team’s mainstay driver Brandon McReynolds will return at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, both New Hampshire Motor Speedway races and the season-finale at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in October.

In addition to Ponsse, Iron Horse Loggers, Eco Tracks, Chad Finley Racing Development, Absolute Realtors and R&T’s Dinky Diner will serve as associate marketing partner on the team’s No. 74 Chevrolet in the Volunteer State.

For more on Parker Retzlaff, please like him on Facebook (Parker Retzlaff Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@Parker79p).

The Memphis 150 presented by AUTOZONE (150 laps | 112.5 miles) is the fifth of 13 races on the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Sat., June 1 from 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:15 p.m. The race will take the green flag just after 6:00 p.m., The event will be televised live on FansChoice.TV while NBC Sports Network will tentatively air the race on Wed., June 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET. All times are local (Central).

Despite finish, Chad Finley Racing impresses at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. – Under a humid night in the Queen City, Chad Finley Racing (CFR) bounced back from several obstacles during Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway to contend for their first top-10 finish of the season.

And while the team seemed to be in the right position at the right time, a botched restart ahead of Finley in the closing laps doomed their plan and left the Mooresville, N.C.-based team with a 18th place finish in their fourth race of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season.

Making his second Gander Truck Series start since Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway in February, Finley alongside crew chief Bruce Cook worked diligently on the handling of their No. 42 Strutmasters.com | Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet Silverado throughout both practice sessions Friday morning before qualifying 18th in the baking sun before taking the green flag just after sunset under the Friday night lights.

Quickly, Finley, native of Dewitt, Mich. found his groove during the early stages of the race. By the early laps of Stage 2, Finley found himself inside the top-10 showcasing tremendous speed and ability in their Chevrolet Silverado.

Unfortunately, Finley ran out of fuel before the end of the stage putting him 1 lap in the arrears and making their objective to finish inside the top-10 difficult.

Finley, however, accepted the challenge and was able to work himself back on the lead lap where as the race dwindled towards the finish, Finley again muscled his way back into the top-10 before the last caution put an opportunity to bunch up the field and for Finley to execute.

But as Finley was prepared to make his move, the trucks ahead of Finley, including ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter fumbled forcing Finley to lose valuable track position. Out of laps, Finley couldn’t recover from the deficit and had to settle for an 18th place effort.

Despite the finish, the on-track performance grasped the attention of Finley’s competitors and fans.

“I’m really proud of my Chad Finley Racing team,” offered Finley. “Bruce (Cook) and all of the guys gave me a really fast No. 42 Strutmasters.com | Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet Silverado. At the start of the race, we were just taking our time.

“There was some hard racing going on and we opted to just pick them off one by one to put ourselves in position for the end of the race. We drove up to eighth or so there at one point and unfortunately ran out of fuel near the end of Stage 2 and lost a lap.

“Luckily, we were able to able to rebound and get our laps back and drive back up inside the top-10. I would have liked the race to have gone green to the end, but on that final restart, Johnny (Sauter) just didn’t get going and we got hooked together and it relegated us to an 18th place finish.

“Obviously that finish wasn’t indicative of the truck we had, and that part is a bummer, but I am really proud of the efforts this weekend and the speed that we showed in our first race back from Atlanta. We will keep working and go out to Iowa (Speedway) in a couple weeks and try again.

Chad Finley Racing will forgo Texas Motor Speedway but expects to resume their partial Gander Truck Series schedule on Jun. 15 at Iowa Speedway.

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

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

Chad Finley back in action at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. – After nearly a seven-week sabbatical, Chad Finley Racing (CFR) returns to NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) competition this week with driver Chad Finley for Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Dewitt, Mich. native Chad Finley will grab the reins of the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado for his second race of the season with a host of marketing partners making his Charlotte Truck Series debut possible.

“It feels like forever since I’ve been back in the Truck Series, so I’m eager to get to the track this week and get down to business,” said Chad Finley.

“I’m super happy to have the support of Strutmasters.com, Air Lift Company and Auto Value Certified Service Centers a part of my Charlotte debut.”

For Finley, a second-generation driver, Charlotte is the prime opportunity to thrust his Chad Finley Racing team into the limelight with the track nestled 45-minutes from the team’s shop in Mooresville, N.C.

With the guidance of crew chief Bruce Cook, the team has worked thoroughly on the team’s truck to prepare for Finley’s seventh career NGOTS start.

“Everyone wants to run well at Charlotte, including us,” added Finley. “It’s important race because it’s in the backyard of where a lot of the teams are based, and the race certainly draws a lot of attention for those reasons. But for us, we want to draw attention for ourselves this weekend with our on-track performance and not necessarily where we come from.”

“Bruce and the guys have worked methodically on our No. 42 Strutmasters.com | Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet Silverado to make sure we can go out there and be competitive. A top-10 run would certainly feel like a victory for us and give us some much-needed momentum into the summer.”

While circumstances beyond the team’s control have forced them to adjust their intentions of running the full Truck Series schedule this season, team principal Jeff Finley explained that the team’s ability to regroup and run a partial schedule will ultimately prove to be the right decision.

“We’ve could have gone out and run every race this season, but it would not have been up to the standard we set forth every time we leave the shop and head to the race track,” sounded Jeff Finley.

“Chad Finley Racing prides itself on putting competitive equipment with an opportunity to run up front. Now, that we’re able to pick and choose our races and we’re confident in our capabilities and look forward to the chance to showcase that not only at Charlotte but in future races no matter who is behind the wheel.”

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

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

Finley also has additional support from Northsidetowing.net and XLT Engineering as well for the eighth race of the season.

In addition to his six prior Truck starts, Finley, 27, has 20 ARCA Menards Series 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 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (134 laps| 201 miles) is the eighth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., May 17 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:35 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (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.

Garrett Smithley to pull triple duty at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Tex. – Chad Finley Racing (CFR) announced today that NASCAR veteran driver Garrett Smithley will drive the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado in Friday night’s Vankor 350k at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).

CFR mainstay driver Robby Lyons was scheduled to drive the team’s truck in the fifth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race of the season, but in an effort to give back, Lyons has agreed to allow Smithley make some of his own history.

Lyons wanted to see Smithley, a close friend have the opportunity to pull off a tripleheader for the first time in his NASCAR career. The friendship between Smithley and Lyons dials back to nearly a decade when Smithley was instrumental in helping Lyons get established as a professional race car driver.

“Garrett has done so much for me and this was a way of giving back to him and showing how much, I appreciate the sacrifices he made for me,” offered Robby Lyons. “I know he will do a great job and I’ll be at Texas this weekend supporting the team and Garrett and look forward to seeing him bring home a good finish on Friday night.”

In addition to Chad Finley Racing, Smithley will drive the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and pilot the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, March 31st.

“It will be a memorable weekend for me for sure,” added Smithley. “There are so many people that have allowed me the chance to make my own piece of history this weekend at Texas and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

CFR housed in Mooresville, N.C.-had the intentions to run the full NGTOS schedule this season – but two early setbacks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway respectively, plus the team’s hauler being damaged upon exit of the Atlanta grounds unexpectedly put the team behind.

With a few weeks off and determination from the crew, the team is recharged and ready to return to battle.

“Bob (Lyons) and I are very proud of our Chad Finley Racing team,” said CFR owner Jeff Finley.

“We had some tough luck to start 2019, but we have worked very hard to hit the reset button and feel like we can go to Texas this weekend with Garrett and show everyone what we’re capable of.

“From Texas, we’ll take the spring break and work hard to make sure we’re in a strong position come Dover in May.”

Smithley, a native of Ligonier, Pa. will make his first Truck Series appearance since Kentucky Speedway in July 2016 and eye his first top-10 in eight career starts.

His effort on Friday night will be supported by Grand Prairie, Tex.-based Trophy Tractor.

Trophy Tractor offers a cost-effective alternative to the purchase and rental of new equipment with quality low hour used equipment. We specialize in the sale and rental of haul trucks, loaders, dozers, scrapers, excavators, compactors, graders and water equipment.

“I really appreciate this honor to drive for Chad Finley Racing and can’t thank Robby (Lyons), Bob (Lyons) and Jeff (Finley) enough for this opportunity with Trophy Tractor,” sounded Smithley. “I’m excited to go to Texas this weekend and help the team build on their program and have an opportunity to contend for a strong finish.

“Texas is a great race track and despite its still relatively new surface, I think it holds the opportunity to showcase a strong race for the fans and competitors. It sure would be great to kick off the weekend with a top-10 finish.”

Motorsports veteran Bruce Cook will continue to lead the operation as crew chief for the team’s third Truck Series race of 2019.

The Vankor 350k (147 laps| 220.5 miles) is the fifth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., March 28 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Mar. 29 beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

For additional information on Chad Finley Racing please visit ChadFinleyRacing.com.

For more on Trophy Tractor, please visit trophytractor.com.

Chad Finley Racing Forgoing Las Vegas Truck Race

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from Chad Finley Racing (CFR) announced today that a series of circumstances will prevent their NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team from participating in Friday night’s Strat 200 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

Florida-native Robby Lyons was scheduled to drive the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado in the third Truck Series race of the season.

Said team principal Jeff Finley, “It’s been a rough start for Chad Finley Racing – but we were determined to persevere through and focus on heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the mindset to turn our season around. Unfortunately, we had an incident with our hauler where it was damaged while trying to exit the grounds of Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday night.

“After surveying it all, as our primary Vegas truck was also damaged and reviewing all of our options, we have decided to forgo Las Vegas and begin working on repairing our hauler and race trucks. We’re disappointed that we are having to adjust our schedule so early in the season – but the hauler incident made it impossible for us to get to Las Vegas efficiently as it was scheduled to leave Monday morning.

“Everyone on the team will work fiercely on the program and we look forward to being back on the track soon for our drivers and marketing partners. Trust me when I say that racing is our lives and this setback will make us even more determined to get back to the track in the coming weeks.”

The Strat 200 from Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway is set for Fri., Mar. 1 set to air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. ET. (6:00 p.m. PT).

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

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

Chad Finley readies first Truck Series start of 2019 at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. – Cheering on his Chad Finley Racing (CFR) teammate Robby Lyons last weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Chad Finley is ready to take the wheel of his No. 42 Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) for Saturday afternoon’s Atlanta 200.

Finley’s first start of 2019 will give the chance for Dewitt, Mich. native to not only make his Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway debut – but an opportunity to earn his second career top-10 in just his sixth series’ start.

“I can’t wait to get to Atlanta in our No. 42 Air Lift Company | Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet Silverado this weekend,” said Finley. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in a truck, but we’ve made a lot of changes since October and I think those changes will peek in our performance on Saturday afternoon.”

Finley pointed to the speed of No. 42 Chevrolet during last Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the “World Center of Racing.”

Having to qualify their truck on-time, the team not only stepped up to the challenge but did it solidly. And while the race didn’t go as the team hoped – being swallowed in an early race accident, Finley is ready to take the reins and help earn the team a solid finish before handing the steering wheel back to Lyons next weekend at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

“Teamwork has never been as important as it is right now,” explained Finley. “Everyone is digging deep, putting in the hours all for the love and the opportunity to win a NASCAR race. Atlanta is a difficult track, but a place that I think we can run very well at. We just have to take what we can get and roll from there.

“I think we proved in Daytona that we have improved our program. We suffered a lot of heartbreak at the end of last season. We impressed in our debut at Gateway – but we had bad luck after that. Since our last race at Martinsville, we went back to the drawing board, made the investments and have found some really good people to work with Bruce. So far, the hard work is paying off.”

Knowing the abrasiveness of Atlanta’s 1.54-mile track, Finley is hoping his prior experience at tracks where tire management was critical will fit into his driving style – all while adapting to Atlanta’s fast speeds and breathtaking action.

“The first place I think of when it comes to Atlanta is Rockingham,” added Finley. “I know the tracks are completely different – but the mindset is still the same. Within a few laps, the lap times slow down significantly and you can find yourself not only having to race the track – but your competitors too.

“My crew chief Bruce (Cook) also has plenty of experience at Atlanta and with his guidance and our commitment, I think we can earn our first top-10 finish of the year on Saturday and take some momentum to Las Vegas.”

Air Lift Company and Auto Value Certified Service Centers will serve as the primary marketing partners for Saturday afternoon’s double-header event with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rinnai 250.

Finley also has additional support from Northsidetowing.net and XLT Engineering as well for the second race of the season.

In addition to his five prior Truck starts, Finley, 26, has 20 ARCA Menards Series 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 Ultimate Tailgating 200 (130 laps| 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 22 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 23 beginning at 10:40 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

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

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

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.

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