Transmission Problems hinder a potential win for 18-year-old Chad Finley in Texas. DeWitt, Michigan (Monday, April 19, 2010): The Rattlesnake 150 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, April 16th proved one thing to 18-year-old Chad Finley and...
Transmission Problems hinder a potential win for 18-year-old Chad Finley in Texas.
DeWitt, Michigan (Monday, April 19, 2010): The Rattlesnake 150 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, April 16th proved one thing to 18-year-old Chad Finley and the rest of the racing world; He deserves to be mentioned amongst the elite of the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards.
Several times throughout the 100-lap / 150-mile race on the 1.5 mile high-banked d-shaped paved oval in Fort Worth, Texas, Finley raced with and passed some of the best in the business, including eventual Rattlesnake 150 winner and new ARCA point's leader, Steve Arpin.
Transmission troubles that plagued Finley's #29 Auto Value Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers / AutoParts2020.com / Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) machine throughout the race was the only thing that slowed the DeWitt, Michigan driver as only first and fourth gear were working properly and those issues seriously plagued Finley when a caution flag flew and the ensuring restarts occurred.
A disappointing 11th place finish doesn't come close to revealing the progress Finley has made in his career and showed to the ARCA world and the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams that were also on the grounds in the Lone Star State.
"Texas was a great run for us. We started right off the truck with an excellent car prepared by everyone at BKR," Stated Finley as he reflected on his first race of the 2010 racing season in ARCA. "The car handled really well in the race. It was awesome to run so well. I'm just heartbroken for Brad (Keselowski) and everyone at BKR to have that great of a race car but not be able to show it due to transmission problems from the drop of the green flag."
After starting 24th after Qualifying was rained out and the line-up was determined by 2009 ARCA Car Owner Points, Finley quickly maneuvered his way through the field and very quickly found himself in the Top 10 and soon afterwards, the Top Five. He passed the eventual winner, Arpin at the 3/4s mark of the race to move into second place, his highest showing of the day, but the dreaded caution flags proved to be the downfall.
On the ensuing restarts, Finley's BKR machine couldn't get up to speed quickly and lost several positions each and every time. "The last two cautions really hurt us as we were closing in on the leaders. I felt like we had the best car on the long runs just never had a chance to show it because of our troubles," Continued the Great Lakes State pilot.
"I was really proud of the way we kept fighting throughout the night to try and overcome the transmission problems that hurt us in the end." He added. "I'm really looking forward to the rest of this season with these guys. They are a great group of guys and I hope I can get them there first win."
Finley's next race on his 2010 schedule will be behind the wheel of his Outlaw Bodied Super Late Model on Saturday, May 8th as he'll make the trip down I-69 just across the Michigan / Indiana state line to the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked paved oval of Angola Motor Speedway in Angola, Indiana for the 2010 season opener for the Main Event Racing Series.
"I'm looking forward to having some fun in the Super Late Model," Finley added. "We were good down there last year and I can't wait to get going with the remainder of the season. We tested the Super yesterday (Sunday, April 18th) at Spartan Speedway and the car was really good." He ended.
The next ARCA race on Finley's 2010 schedule will be on Saturday, June 5th at the biggest track of his young career, the 2.500 mile multi-banked triangular paved oval of the famed Pocono International Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania for the Pocono ARCA 200.
As for the rest of his 2010 ARCA schedule, a short trip within his home state of Michigan is after Pocono the following Friday, June 11th for the Racing for Wildlife 200 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. A return visit to Pocono follows Michigan on Saturday July 31st for the Pennsylvania ARCA 125.
Another race close to home will be the Chicagoland ARCA 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on August 27th. In addition, plans also call for Finley to race the ARCA shows at Iowa Speedway (July 10th), Kansas Speedway (September 30th) and the 2010 season finale at Rockingham Speedway on October 9th.
Finley raced a limited schedule in ARCA during the 2009 racing season, but made the most of those limited races with One Pole Award at Rockingham, one Top Five finish, a third at Berlin Raceway, three Top 10 showings and all four starts he made during the 2009 campaign in ARCA resulted in at least a Top 15.
In addition to his ARCA schedule, Finley will also race in two races within the ASA Late Model Northern Series at Owosso Speedway and Dixie Motor Speedway. He also has several races scheduled aboard his Outlaw Bodied Super Late Models in events across Michigan as well as Indiana and Ohio.