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|Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:31 am Post subject: Brad Keselowski Racing Press Release - Thur., Sept. 16, 2010
|18-year-old Chad Finley is coming home this weekend to Owosso Speedway for the 2nd annual Heritage 100.
By Brad Keselowski Racing / M.P.H. Promotions
DeWitt, Michigan (Thursday, September 16, 2010): While his ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards season has shown vast improvement throughout his limited starts in the Temperance, Michigan based series, Brad Keselowski Racing Development Driver, 18-year-old Chad Finley has been working overtime to bring the same success and luck to his Outlaw Bodied Super Late Model program.
Now the hard work will hopefully pay off for the Great Lakes State teenager who’ll make the short trip to his adoptive home track 20 minutes Northeast of his DeWitt, Michigan home to the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked paved oval of the Owosso Speedway This Saturday, September 18th for the running of the 2nd annual Heritage 100.
Finley and his crew tested at the historic 69-year-old Ovid, Michigan speed plant on Wednesday, September 15th and were very pleased with the results. “I really need to thank Rich Lushes, Jimmy D. Smith, and the entire Paragon Racing Team for all of their help.” The Brad Keselowski Racing Development Driver stated.
“We took the Outlaw car to the Paragon Race Shop for some set-up work and bump stop stuff. They went through the car front to back and when we unloaded at Owosso, we had a real good car right off the truck.” He added.
“All we did was make a couple of small changes and the car was real good on long runs, which is something we’ve been struggling with,” He continued. “We’ve been trying really hard all year to learn this type of set up and we could just never figure it out. Now we’ll be real good for this Saturday’s race. I can’t wait!” The excited driver stated.
Finley’s #29 Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers, Air Lift Systems / Howe Racing Enterprises machine was one of the fastest cars at the Test and Tune throughout the afternoon according to unofficial times taken from various sources located throughout the Ovid, Michigan facility.
“A Big Thanks to my Dad also for having the heart to suck it up and let me take the car to the Paragon Race Shop and help us with our set-up on the Outlaw car.” The DeWitt, Michigan driver added in reference to his Father, 2010 Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee, Jeff Finley.
“I believe this will be the beginning of good things to come for us in our short track program out of our own race shop in DeWitt. Though this is only one race and the last for us this year in the Outlaw car, I honestly believe this is the direction to go in for us in the future.” He ended.
Finley’s #29 Outlaw Bodied car carries sponsorship decals from; Auto Value Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers as well as Air Lift Systems, AutoParts2020.com, NorthsideTowing.net, SponsorChadFinley.com, Howe Racing Enterprises, Sawyers Superstore, Neal’s Truck Parts of Grand Rapids, Randy Ellen Photography, M.P.H. Promotions, and Chad Finley Racing.
As for the remainder of Finley’s 2010 ARCA Schedule, he’ll compete twice more which happens to be ARCA’s last two races of the 2010 season beginning at Kansas Speedway on September 30th and the 2010 season finale at Rockingham Speedway on October 9th where he won the Pole in the 2009 ARCA Season Finale.
Finley does need help sponsorship wise in order to run those two remaining ARCA shows; “We’re working really hard to find some marketing partners. We would like to do some (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series races at the end of this year and we still need some help with our ARCA program.” Finley remarked.
“Hopefully someone will step up and help us. We’ve proved all season long in our few starts that we belong. We just need a little help. We appreciate everyone that is already on board, they mean everything to us, but we just need that last little push to get to where we want to be.” He ended.
In four starts in ARCA so far this season, Finley has recorded One Top Five finish, an impressive Third Place finish in the Messina Wildlife Stopper 200 at the biggest track he’s ever raced on; The 2.5 mile triangular paved oval of the Pocono International Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania back on June 5th.
His other starts have resulted in an 11th place finish in the Rattlesnake 100 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas on April 16th and a seventh place finish in the Racing for Wildlife 200 at the track on the ARCA Schedule closest to his DeWitt, Michigan home, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on June 11th and his great showing at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois before Engine woes plagued an impressive run up front all race long. He was shown 23rd in the final order.
To learn more about Chad Finley and to inquire about additional sponsorship opportunities within the organization for the remainder of the 2010 racing season, log onto one of his two websites at: www.chadfinleyracing.com and www.sponsorchadfinley.com
Respectfully Jeff Finley