Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chad Finchum - #ItsBristolBaby

Chad Finchum - #ItsBristolBaby

Double Duty and #NASCAR Cup Debut

Chad Finchum - #ItsBristolBaby

Chad Finchum - #ItsBristolBaby
In a motorsports era, where a driver’s success depends not only on talent, but a ride with an established organization, team cohesiveness, good luck and most significantly, sponsorship dollars; Chad Finchum is up against some overwhelming odds and the big teams, for his spot on the track to follow his dreams.

While Finchum does not have a lot of money or a huge sponsor; the boy who started racing Bandoleros in 2006 does have heart and a passion for racing; enough to work toward his vision.

Last week you would have noticed Chad at Bristol Motor Speedway with an elated smile. Not only was he entered into the Xfinity Series Race in his MB Motorsports No. 40 SmithBilt Homes/ Toyota Camry; Finchum was making his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in his MB Motorsports No. 66 SmithBilt Homes/ Concrete North Toyota Camry!

Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 - #40

Chad Finchum - #NASCAR Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 - #40After qualifying 29th fastest on the grid Chad quickly worked his way forward in the event.

By lap 30 of the 300 lapper he was up into the 15th-starting spot and on the move. Unfortunately, bad luck found Finchum eighteen laps later when he lost his oil belt, which resulted in a blown engine. Chad was credited with a 36th-place finish.

"Heartbroken doesn't begin to describe it," Chad reported. "We were so fast and we had so much potential for a big-time finish, but this bad-luck bug just found us again. Thanks so much to all of my family and friends, who came out to support. Definitely want to say thanks to my sponsors and my team."

My Bariatric Solutions 300 - #66

Chad Finchum - #NASCAR My Bariatric Solutions 300 - #66
Chad qualified 38th on the grid for Sunday's race. He would race into the top 30 during the race's early stages. Before the race could reach the halfway mark, Mother Nature intervened as rain forced the remainder of the event to be postponed to Monday afternoon.

When the race returned to green flag conditions, Chad battled around the 30th spot until lap 332 when a broken track bar cut the oil line, ending his day. He was credited with a 31st-place finish.

"It was definitely a long-and-challenging weekend, but despite all of the bad luck we battled, I still had a total blast," Finchum informed after his NASCAR Cup Debut. "This entire event was a dream come true, and I can't wait until next time. Thanks so much to everyone who supports my racing career."

Finchum demonstrated both speed and determination at Bristol Motor Speedway. At twenty-three years old, he still has plenty of time to make his vision a reality.

“My cup debut was awesome. I really think it was a successful weekend all in all. Starting Saturday we showed great speed by climbing from 29th to 14th in the Xfinity race before the engine failure. In the cup car, we climbed from position 38th to 29th. If we hadn’t been in that wreck early on, which caused a tire rub that required a green flag pit stop, I think we could of easily been in the top twenty-five at the end of the race.”

Chad wanted to acknowledge his weekend sponsors. Concrete North was his primary Xfinity Series sponsor and SmithBilt Homes was his associate sponsor. Food City served as Finchum's primary Cup Sponsor with Concrete North and SmithBilt Homes as associate sponsors.

“I am looking forward to Richmond and the rest of the Xfinity season. I hope I get another opportunity in cup soon.” Chad Finchum added.

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NASCAR driver and Knoxville native Chad Finchum spoke at the Food City Family Race Night at the Knoxville Expo Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The event featured NASCAR drivers, and Knoxville native's, Trevor Bayne and Chad Finchum ahead of Sunday'sFood City 500 in Bristol. (Photo: Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel)

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