Third Place Finish at Pocono has 18-year-old Chad Finley heading "Home" to Michigan on a high note. DeWitt, Michigan (Sunday, June 6, 2010): After showing glimpses of stardom in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards in limited...
Third Place Finish at Pocono has 18-year-old Chad Finley heading "Home" to Michigan on a high note.
DeWitt, Michigan (Sunday, June 6, 2010): After showing glimpses of stardom in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards in limited appearances during the 2009 racing season, 18-year-old Chad Finley is proving in 2010 that he's now a threat to win when he enters any race on any track on the ARCA Schedule.
Finley proved that point at the huge 2.5 mile multi-banked triangular paved oval of the Pocono Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 5th in the running of the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200.
After Qualifying Fourth fastest in Menards Pole Qualifying, the DeWitt, Michigan standout in his #29 Auto Value Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers / AutoParts2020.com / Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) machine ran up front all day long and had a chance to win late in the afternoon en route to a third place finish.
"Pocono was very unique. The three different corners are very challenging and keeps you up on the wheel every lap," Explained Finley after his podium run in the Keystone State. "We had a good car and I can't thank the BKR guys enough. Never seeing this place before and qualifying fourth is all about them giving me good cars and our PME engines are just out standing."
The Great Lakes State driver added; "We were going to try and get them on fuel mileage at the end until that last caution. We had enough fuel to go the distance as we where riding around logging laps. That would have been big. We were just way too tight to get them in that last five lap sprint. Proud of every one though. Can't wait for MIS (Michigan International Speedway), we're getting there. Patience is tough deal but I feel we will get there soon." He said.
There's no time for rest for Finley and the BKR Team with a brief road trip south down US127 in his home state of Michigan on the agenda for this Friday, June 11th at the 2.0 mile d-shaped paved oval of the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan for the Racing for Wildlife 200.
"MIS will be a ton of fun for me. To get the chance to race in front of our home town fans and sponsors will be awesome. All the folks from Auto Value will be there as well as the Airlift.com folks," He continued. I want to thank them for coming on board. A ton of history with Airlift in the ARCA series as well as NASCAR, Hopefully we represent them well and can do them a great job on the track also."
Finley is looking forward to the Racing for Wildlife 200 in more ways than one. "We have a new car for this race and the BKR guys are real pumped up about it and that alone makes me very hungry to get into victory lane." Finley ended.