KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Chad Finchum knows all about winning races and also championships. The defending Kingsport Speedway Late Model Stock, and also Tennessee State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, will once again attempt to pull off a weekend sweep in racing action at “The Concrete Jungle” and Lonesome Pine Raceway.
Finchum currently sits fourth in the Kingsport Speedway point standings on the strength of five top-five finishes through the first six events, with one victory. Through the first six races of the season at LPR, the 19-year-old Finchum, from Knoxville, is almost perfect with five feature wins and one fourth-place effort.
In the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points, Finchum is ninth in the standings ranked among the top 500 in the country and Canada. To view the NWAAS national points click http://hometracks.nascar.com/standings/Whelen-All-American-Series/national_top500/2014.
“Overall we’re pretty satisfied with how our season has gone up to this point,” said Finchum reflecting on how he’s performed so far in 2014. “We’re sitting fourth in points at Kingsport and leading the standings at LPR and that’s great. But when you look at the NASCAR Home Tracks national point standings and see you’re ranked ninth out of drivers from all across the United States and even at NASCAR sanctioned tracks in Canada, that’s just awesome. We’re just going to keep giving it our best effort each and every race we run.”
Kingsport Speedway kicked off the Memorial Day weekend last Friday “Celebrating The Stars That Protect Our Stripes,” with NASCAR Salutes: United States Armed Forces Night at the Races.
Finchum set fast-time at 15.240 seconds, but the roll of the dice determined the top five from qualifying would be inverted for the 60-lap feature, putting Chad inside of the third row for the start. With the race running the distance caution-free, the competitive 19-car field that took the green flag had the top eight cars finish on the lead lap – on the same straightaway at the checkered flag. Finchum wheeled his No. 19 Ford Fusion to a fourth-place finish.
“It’s just unreal how competitive the fields are this season at Kingsport Speedway,” said Finchum earlier this evening while taking a break from working on the car back at the shop getting ready for this weekend’s racing action. “We had a really good car when we unloaded for practice and then we backed that up by being fastest in qualifying. But being fastest in time trials, that doesn’t mean a thing unless you get lucky for the roll of the dice and get to start on the front row. A couple of weeks ago when we got our first win of the season, that was the night we had twin features and we set fast-time in qualifying and there was no invert. We got to start from the position ‘we earned’ in qualifying and were able to record the victory.
“They (track officials) say the invert is good for the fans, that it creates exciting racing action. I know as a racer, I don’t agree with that and I know from talking with other drivers, nobody likes getting inverted. I’m not whining around or anything, but it’s just disappointing when you work on your car to get it (chassis) good and then you are fastest in qualifying and get inverted. It’s like you’re being penalized for working on your equipment to be able to run fast. Like I’ve said, just ask other drivers and they’ll tell you that they’re not at all for being inverted following qualifying. I know we’ve got to put a good show on for the fans and all, but you’ve also got to take into consideration the tremendous amount of money race teams have invested in their equipment. But it is what it is, I guess. We’ve got our car working really well right now, and hopefully we’ll have a good upcoming weekend racing at Kingsport Speedway and LPR.”
For Chad Finchum Racing, it all begins during the week back in the race shop and rest assured when the team shows up on race night, they arrive with one goal in mind – winning. The team will be back in action this Friday, May 30 at Kingsport Speedway and then the next night (Saturday, May 31) they’ll be racing at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va.
Chad Finchum Racing, owned by James and Linda Finchum, is headed by crew chief Patrick “Dinky” Torbett (2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series UNOH Ultimate Mechanic Challenge Award), with crew members Tony Cordell, Tyler Reed, Eric Romines, J.E. Blankenship, Sam Couch and Jacob Ruble.
Supporters for Chad Finchum Racing in 2014 on the No. 19 Ford Fusion include: A-1 Finchum Heating & Cooling, Texas Roadhouse, Finchum Paint & Body, LovelandBaptistChurch, RW Race Engines, Five Star Race Car Bodies, CARS Etc., and Hedgecock (Race Cars) Racing Enterprises.
To learn more about possible sponsor opportunities with Chad Finchum Racing, contact James Finchum at (865) 740-3535. To keep up with Chad Finchum’s racing throughout the season visit his website at www.ChadFinchum19.com or follow him on Twitter @ChadFinchum.