Darlington: Essex Racing/Finlay race report

FINLAY AND VALIANTE CONTINUE TOP-10 STREAK AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PHOENIX, AZ (May 13, 2006) -- The GAINSCO Grand Prix took place earlier this evening under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway. Rob Finlay, driving the ...

FINLAY AND VALIANTE CONTINUE TOP-10 STREAK AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

PHOENIX, AZ (May 13, 2006) -- The GAINSCO Grand Prix took place earlier this evening under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway. Rob Finlay, driving the Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototype machine started the 250-mile/166-lap/2 ¾-hour time limit race from the 8th position and quickly settled into a comfortable race pace.

Finlay, who finished fifth in the Grand Am Cup race earlier today, was involved in an unavoidable incident early on and lost a lap but continued to battle back turning the car over to his teammate Michael Valiante on lap 32. Valiante climbed behind the wheel of the familiar blue and silver machine and rejoined the battle.

Quickly moving up through the field, the young Canadian found himself running just outside the Top-10 at the halfway point. As the checkered flag flew Valiante brought the No.5 machine across the finish line in the 9th position.

The Mooresville, NC -- based team will next compete at Watkins Glen International Raceway on Saturday, June 3rd.

ROB FINLAY -- "It wasn't the result we were hoping for. We worked hard all weekend to get the car fast for the race but unfortunately we got bumped by a GT car after I made the pass and spun causing us to go a lap down. Once again Michael did a great job working his way back up through the field giving us another Top-10 finish."

MICHAEL VALIANTE - "Unfortunately Rob got hit at the start and lost a lap but once he got back into the race he was right back on his pace. I think we had a top-five car again but we still need to improve a bit to challenge for the win."

Notes: For the third race in-a-row, Rob Finlay was the winner of the Jim Trueman Award.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rob Finlay