Berlin: Chad Finley race report

Third Place finish at Berlin Raceway for 17-year-old Chad Finley proves he belongs in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. DeWitt, Michigan (Wednesday, July 29, 2009): For any driver who starts their career in any traveling series with three top 10 finishes...

Third Place finish at Berlin Raceway for 17-year-old Chad Finley proves he belongs in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

DeWitt, Michigan (Wednesday, July 29, 2009): For any driver who starts their career in any traveling series with three top 10 finishes is an accomplishment in itself. When those three top 10s in three races includes a podium finish, any naysayers who say the first two races were a fluke, are now quietly huddled in there corners when it comes to 17-year-old Chad Finley.

Finley and the Brad Keselowski Racing Team made the hour trip west to the famed Berlin Raceway, located West of Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan for the Wolverine Power Systems 200 Presented by Generac on July 25th. Once again Finley was behind the wheel of the Brad Keselowski Racing #29 Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers Chevrolet.

The DeWitt, Michigan teenager survived an intense battle with eight-time series champion, Frank Kimmel and took advantage of some previous experience earlier in the season at Berlin in Outlaw Super Late Models competition to come home in the last podium position in third behind winner, Justin Lofton and runner-up, Matt Merrell.

"We had an awesome run at Berlin. It was great to get Auto Value and all of our sponsors in the top three they really deserve it," The excited teenager stated. "The day started off with frustration. Getting run into by a very slow car in practice was very disappointing, but the B.K.R. guys fixed it up in time to get back out one more time in practice."

Despite the run in with another car in Practice, Finley rolled out for Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell and times in second fastest, placing Finley on the outside of the front row next to Lofton and just 0.127 seconds behind Lofton's time of a 16.857. Finley toured the 7/16s (0.437) mile progressively banked paved oval at a 17.084.

"It was a pretty cool to sit outside the front row in front of our hometown crowd. We started the race off way too tight and when we made our first stop, they made an adjustment and it was pretty much smooth sailing from there," Continued Finley.

"We were able to come get four tires with 40 to go and make one last charge to the front. We came up just a little bit short but the best car won the race and I think I could have got to Justin (Lofton) I just don't know if I was good enough to get around him. They did an awesome job, and we're extremely thrilled with a third place finish."

-credit: bkr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Chad Finley , Brad Keselowski , Justin Lofton , Matt Merrell