October 17, 2017 Posted by ChrisOwens in News

Chad Finley looks to end ARCA season the same way he started in Victory Lane

KANSAS CITY, Kan. October 17, 2017 - A strong 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season will end for Chad Finley Racing in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway and driver Chad Finley looks to end his season the same way he started with a trip to Victory Lane.Running a limited ARCA schedule has been beneficial for the Chad Finley Racing team which doubled their presence in 2017 and the Mooresville, N.C.-based team would like nothing more than to end the season on a high note to propel them to an even stronger 2018.“I’m really thankful for all the blessings we’ve had this year in ARCA competition,” said Finley. “It’s been a good year. From our win at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in April to the strength of our consistency with our top-five performances, none of this would have been possible without the genuine support of Auto Value Certified Service Centers and others.Fresh off his fourth top-five finish of the 2017 season last month at Chicagoland Speedway, Finley returns to Kansas Speedway for the first time since 2010 where he looks to put an exclamation point on his banner year.Seven years ago, the Dewitt, Mich. native drove an ARCA car for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski at the 1.5-mile track, and despite rallying from a 12th place qualifying effort, Finley’s run was cut by an engine failure leaving the Michigander with a 30th place finish.This weekend, the 25-year-old is determined to not let the same luck strike twice.“From what I remember Kansas was a fun race track,” recalled Finley. “The place had a lot of speed with similar characteristics of a place like Chicagoland. Hopefully, that’s a good sign for us. We really need to get our car rotating good through the middle of the corner to keep the power down on the straightaways.“Like Chicagoland - practice and qualifying will be held during the day, while most of Friday night’s season finale will be run under the lights. Finley knows that his No. 51 Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet showed more speed when the green flag dropped.“It was hard not to get distracted where we qualified because we had such a good car at Chicagoland,” sounded Finley. “But when the race started, our car came to life and I’m hoping for more of the same on Friday night. It’s going to be a stout field" much like it has all year, but I just plan to run clean and hard and hope when that checkered flag waves we’re in the mix.”Motorsports veteran Bruce Cook will call the shots for Finley in his 18th career ARCA race. The second-generation driver believes the knowledge and leadership from Cook has put his family-owned team on the map in 2017 and will be instrumental into the success of CFR moving ahead.“I can’t thank Bruce enough for everything he’s done this season,” noted Finley. “He is the backbone of our team and is diligently working to make our program even stronger for not only Kansas but next season too.“He is the definition of a truce racer just like my dad. He wants to go fast just as bad as we do, if not more. He feels confident again going to Kansas - just like he was at Chicago, so I’m taking my laid-back approach and focused on just going racing!”In addition to Auto Value, Air Lift Company and XLT Engineering will adorn the No. 51 Chad Finley Racing Chevrolet as associate marketing partners for the 20th race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.In 18 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts, Chad Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.The Kansas ARCA 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 20 with a two-hour practice session planned from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later shortly after 7:30 p.m.The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.
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