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.

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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.