DEWITT, Mich. – Chad Finley, a veteran of the ARCA Racing Series, the ASA, and the CRA Late Model Series, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut June 18 at his home track, Michigan International Speedway. In an ironic twist, when he gets behind the wheel of the Team Rensi machine on Father’s Day weekend, he will follow in his father Jeff’s footsteps. The elder Finley also made his first Nationwide (then Busch) Series with Ed Rensi at the season opener at Daytona in 1999, finishing 13th.
“My dad drove for Ed Rensi and we’ve known him and (general manager) Ronnie Russell since then and have a relationship,” said the 19-year-old racer. “We were able to put together some sponsorship and stuff and here we are now.”
While it will be his first-ever NASCAR race, Finley has raced at MIS before, earning a seventh-place ARCA finish there last year. “It’s home and we felt like it would be a really good place to start,” he said.
In all, he has six top-tens in that series with three top-fives and a pole position.
With the Alliance Truck Parts 250 being a companion event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that weekend, the field will be packed with some of the top drivers in the sport, including Carl Edwards and fellow Michigan native, Brad Keselowski. Finley, however, is not intimated. “It’s going to help me and my future to run against the best,” he said. “Guys like Kyle Busch are the elite in the series and I’m just privileged to be able to go out there and compete against them.”
Sponsoring the Team Rensi Ford will be longtime Chad Finley Racing partner, Auto Value. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper has over 5000 auto parts stores and certified service centers throughout North America offering quality auto parts and first class dependable service. Also supporting Finley’s NASCAR effort are Airlift, Rain Eater Wiper Blades, and AutoParts2020.com.
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