Chicagoland: Chad Finley race report

Heartbreak for 18-year-old Chad Finley in the ARCA Chicagoland 150. DeWitt, Michigan (Monday, August 30, 2010): Chad Finley was just looking for a break in his quest for his first career ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards at the...

Heartbreak for 18-year-old Chad Finley in the ARCA Chicagoland 150.

DeWitt, Michigan (Monday, August 30, 2010): Chad Finley was just looking for a break in his quest for his first career ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on August 27th, 2010. The 18-year-old from DeWitt, Michigan made his presence known throughout the race by leading at various points of the race and was in contention for the win.

Unfortunately for the Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) Development Driver, Engine troubles slowed down his momentum and knocked him out of contention for the win and in the end, Finley would limp his #29 Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Centers machine home a disappointing 23rd in the final run down.

"What a heartbreaker for this whole BKR team. We had a great run going. Led a few laps and could really run the outside groove very well," A dejected Finley remarked. "We were awesome on long runs! I mean we could just wear them out. It was a ton of fun racing up front all night like that; Just a blast."

"(Eventual Winner) Patrick Sheltra had the best car though. I'm not sure if we had enough for him on short runs." He continued. "I can't thank Brad (Keselowski) and the whole BKR Team enough as well as Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Centers and Part Stores and the Airlift Company as well for this opportunity. Our day is coming I'm sure of it." Finley predicted.

The remainder of Finley's 2010 ARCA Schedule calls for Finley to race twice more which happen to be ARCA's last two races of the 2010 season beginning at Kansas Speedway (September 30th) and the 2010 season finale at Rockingham Speedway on October 9th where he won the Pole for the 2009 Season Finale for the Temperance, Michigan based series.

Finley does need help sponsorship wise in order to run those two remaining ARCA shows; "We're working really hard to find some marketing partners. We would like to do some (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series races at the end of this year and we still need some help with our ARCA program." Finley stated. "Hopefully someone will step up and help us. We've proved all season long in our few starts that we belong. He ended.

Prior to Chicagoland and in his three previous ARCA starts this season, Finley has recorded One Top Five finish, an impressive Third Place finish in the Messina Wildlife Stopper 200 at the biggest track he's ever raced on; The 2.5 mile triangular paved oval of the Pocono International Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania back on June 5th.

His other starts have resulted in an 11th place finish in the Rattlesnake 100 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas on April 16th and a seventh place finish in the Racing for Wildlife 200 at the track on the ARCA Schedule closest to his DeWitt, Michigan home, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on June 11th.

-source: chad finley racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Chad Finley , Brad Keselowski , Patrick Sheltra