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Hard Fought Sixth Place Finish Nets Hard-Charger Award At SpeedFest 2015 For Chad Finley


Adventurous weekend ends with strong run in Georgia

Mooresville, North Carolina (Wednesday, January 28, 2015): After the way SpeedFest 2015 started for Chad Finley Racing and 220 Ventures in their first outing together, it would’ve been understandable if the team decided to pack up and go home to regroup. But that’s not the way Chad Finley and the crew go about things. After overcoming electrical problems throughout practice and qualifying day, which saw his familiar black #42 near the bottom of the practice charts and then in qualifying, a 22nd place time, Finley rebounded with a strong sixth place effort on race day.

The fast 4/10s (0.400) mile semi-banked paved oval of Watermelon Capital Speedway, located south of Macon and north of the Florida / Georgia state line in Cordele, Georgia hosted SpeedFest 2015. For Finley, it was his first appearance at the prestigious season opening event and after all of the issues from the day before, the race itself didn’t start so hot either. Contact with another car ripped off most of the right side body work on his #42 AutoParts2020.com / Chevrolet as he lost two laps while making several pit stops while under caution to repair the damage.

Despite all of that, Finley roared back through the field and brought home the events Hard-Charger and Most Improved Driver Awards for the race with his 22nd to sixth place run. “I am really proud of the effort this weekend by the entire CFR team. Speedfest was challenging to say the least as we never got a lap at speed in practice due to fuel and electrical issues.” Finley appreciatively stated.

“We never give up and we were able to repair the damage from an early incident and come back from two laps down in the race to salvage a sixth place finish with a heavily damaged racecar,” Continued the driver originally from DeWitt, Michigan but now calling Mooresville, North Carolina home. “So much went on during the race with us having a flat right front tire and losing the brakes. This was by far the most challenging weekend we have had, but it says a lot about our fight and our will to come back and finish as well as we did given the circumstances on the weekend.” He added.

Finley’s next race will be at a track he’s familiar with and fast at, another 4/10s mile, this time South Alabama Speedway, located north of the Alabama / Florida state line in Opp, Alabama as the Southern Super Series will kick off their third season with the 39th Running of the Rattler 250. In 2013, Finley shattered the track record in Qualifying and led the first 100 laps of the race before engine problems stalled his efforts. Last season, he qualified second quick, but his afternoon ended early in the race when an oil line broke. Finley is hoping the third trip down proves to be the charm.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back to SAS. Now that we know what the issues were at Speedfest, we are full steam ahead for the Rattler.” Continued the 22-year-old who turns 23 on March 17th. “We have had some strong showings there the past two years and expect no different this year. We are going to take the car there that we set the track record with in 2013 so we should be pretty good off the truck going back to our notes. Can’t wait to get down there and get started.” He ended.

For the rest of the 2015 racing season, CFR and 220 Ventures will run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Finley making select appearances. In addition to Finley’s Truck and select Super Late Model schedule, CFR and 220 Ventures have created a Driver Development program for those teams looking to race, primarily in the southeast, in the new CARS Super Late Model Tour and/or the PASS South Series. In addition, Finley also looks to return to his home state of Michigan and compete in select ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour events when his schedule allows.

For the Rattler 250, Finley’s familiar black and red #42 Chad Finley Racing / 220 Ventures / Chevrolet will carry sponsorship support and decals from Auto Value Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers as well as AutoParts2020.com, The Air Lift Company, XLT Engineering, NorthsideTowing.net, Driven Racing Oil, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Bassett Racing Wheels, Affordable Tire & Service, Bosch Spark Plugs, Hyperco Suspension and M.P.H. Promotions.

For more information about Chad Finley Racing and to inquire about the new Driver Development program with 220 Ventures as well as sponsorship opportunities for the rest of the 2015 racing season, please go to the CFR website located at: www.chadfinleyracing.com You can also follow CFR on Facebook and Twitter by going to the following links: www.facebook.com/chadfinleyracing and www.twitter.com/chad_finley and clicking on the “Like” and “Follow” buttons respectively.

In Memory of Joseph DeFrates


All of us at Chad Finley Racing give Honor and Tribute to Joseph DeFrates. Chad's Grandpa.

May He Rest In Peace - 2-20-1942 - 11-13-2013