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|Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:40 am Post subject: Hard Crash at Winchester Speedway for Chad Finley
|Chad Finley Racing Contact: Jeff Finley
For Immediate Release: 517-819-1560
Hard Crash at Winchester Speedway Results in Destroyed Racecar for Chad Finley
DeWitt, Michigan (Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011): Anytime someone goes to the legendary Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana for the first time, there’s a lot of awe when you walk into the fast ½ (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval. The history of the Hoosier State speed plant literally smacks you in the face when one thinks of all the greats drivers of yesteryear who have raced there and those that have visited victory lane. For 19-year-old Chad Finley, his first ever appearance at Winchester was one he’d like to forget.
The Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com on August 20th proved costly to the entire Chad Finley Racing Team as an accident with JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by GM Performance Parts points leader, Eddie Hoffman resulted in one of the most spectacular wrecks in the series’ brief history! After contact was made between the two on lap 67, Finley slammed the turn three wall, climbed up the fence before barrel-rolled down the track and completely destroying the car. He was ok after the horrific looking incident.
“There isn’t enough words that can describe how ticked off I am right now. There’s only two people driving those race cars off into that corner and only those two know exactly what happened. I guarantee you I had no part in causing that wreck!” A dejected Finley remarked. “We’re a very under-funded team and we
can’t afford to do that. Eddie (Hoffman) knows what he did! You know what they say what goes around comes around.” Finley added.
“Our car is completely destroyed and the only thing to be thankful for is that I’m okay.” He continued. “I'm, honored from the ton of support we are getting from fans and people wanting to help us any way they can to get our car fixed. From donating money for repairs to wanting to come to the shop and help is pretty awesome. We have had some calls on people wanting to loan us cars as well until we get ours fixed which is very cool also. Will see what happens. Hopefully we can make it to Owosso with our car. Chas and entire Howe team are going to do their best. That’s a huge show for us, it’s the closest thing to a home track for us in the JEGS/CRA/GM series and we’ll figure out a way to somehow make it to that show.”
In the end, Finley was shown 16th in the run down and the accident proved costly in more ways than one. Going into the race, Finley was third in the points standings and after the accident, fell all the way down to sixth but only 13 points out of third as Brandon Watson, Josh Nelms, Brent Downey, and Finley are all lumped together (601-594-589-588). In addition and due to the carnage of the race at Winchester, the points spread is even closer behind Finley as Claude Plante Jr., and Rookie Cody Coughlin are on the heels of Finley (576-569). Just 32 points separate third through eighth.
The next race on the JEGS/CRA/GM schedule is on Saturday, September 3rd at Finley’s home track on the Salem, Indiana based schedule, Owosso Speedway in Ovid, Michigan as the Big “O” Classic 100 Presented by JEGS.com will highlight the Labor Day Holiday Weekend on the fast multi-grooved 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked paved oval in Central Michigan, just 20 minutes from Finley’s race shop.
The #42 Howe Racing Enterprises template machine with a Ford Fusion body and a crate motor from Phil Harper Motorsports carries sponsorship from; Rain Eater Wiper Blades, as well as AutoParts2020.com, Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers, Airlift Company, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, NorthsideTowing.net, and M.P.H. Promotions.
As for the remainder of the 2011 racing season, the next scheduled start for Finley in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is on Saturday, September 17th at the 1.5 mile high-banked d-shaped paved oval of Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois in the running of the Dollar General 300 Presented by Coca-Cola. The race will be televised LIVE on ESPN2 at 3:30p.m. His #25 Team Rensi Motorsports Ford will have sponsorship decals from; Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers as well as the Airlift Company, Rain Eater Wiper Blades, and AutoParts2020.com.
To learn more about Chad Finley and to inquire about additional sponsorship opportunities within the organization for the remainder of the 2011 Racing Season within the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour as well as limited appearances in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and looking ahead to the 2012 campaign, log on to one of two websites: www.chadfinleyracing.com and www.teamrensimotorsports.com
Respectfully Jeff Finley