Michigan International Speedway | ZOMONGO 200 Race Recap
Driver: Chad Finley
Crew Chief: Bruce Cook
Finish: 23rd; Accident (24 | 100 laps completed)
Quick Recap: After showcasing their potential Friday morning at Michigan International Speedway with the speed of their No. 51 Auto Value Certified Service Centers | Strutmasters.com | Air Lift Company Chevrolet, Chad Finley and his Chad Finley Racing saw their strong performance spoiled after blowing a left-front tire early in this past Friday’s ZOMONGO 200.
After soaring their family-owned team to the top of the charts throughout the two-hour practice session at the famed 2.0-mile oval, Finley ended practice seventh overall but with the confidence that he the equipment to contend for his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win.
During qualifying, the team wasn’t satisfied with their 13th place starting position, however, the DeWitt, Michigan native quickly raced his race car inside the top-10 during the early stages race of the 100-lap race.
On the prowl and playing a cautiously aggressive race, Finley’s day took a dramatic turn when the left-front tire appeared to blow on Lap 24 sending Finley’s Chevrolet hard into the outside Turn 3 and 4 wall, abruptly ending their day while running inside the top-10.
Before the accident, Finley and crew chief Bruce Cook felt that their No. 51 Auto Value Certified Service Centers | Strutmasters.com | Air Lift Company Chevrolet was an adjustment away of contending for a career-best outing at his hometown race track.
Chad Finley Quote: “Man, I hate that.
“I’m not sure if we ran over a piece of debris or something, because I didn’t have any warning, I just heard a pop and I was along for the ride.
“I’m heartbroken for all of the people who support our Chad Finley Racing team, includingAuto Value Certified Service Centers, Air Lift Company and our newest partnerStrutmasters.com who jumped aboard for this race. I’m very appreciative to them and all of our partners for continuing to stand by our team.
“We’ll bounce back in the next race, we always do.”
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