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Finchum ready to go 'primetime' Friday, April 14 at Kingsport Speedway with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lights, camera, action. No, Chad Finchum of Knoxville hasn't gone to Hollywood. Instead Team Finchum Racing is gearing-up for the first night race of the season on Friday, April 14 at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway.

Headlining the Autism Awareness Night five division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program at "The Concrete Jungle" will be twin 35-lap features for the Late Model Stock Cars, along with Modified Street (30 laps), Pure 4 (30 laps), Mod 4 (30 laps) and Pure Street (25 laps) racing.

"We had a really good car back at the season-opener and led first 40 laps of the race, and I truly feel like I had the car to beat," Finchum said this week while taking a break at the shop from preparing the No. 19 Ford Fusion. "Following the restart after a caution flag, contact from the car inside of me back under green flag racing conditions between turns one and two forced my car to get out of shape and slide up the banking and I lost the lead. I guess some will say it was just hard short-track racing, and maybe it was. But nonetheless as a driver you will remember situations like what happened and file it away in your memory bank, and possibly race the driver who rubbed you in same manner at some point in time. I felt like I could have battled back to reclaim the lead, but the contact on left side of my car caused a tire to slowly begin leaking (air pressure) down. Unfortunately when something like that happens, the car just doesn't drive the same as it did with proper air pressure in all four tires.

"You're up-on-the-wheel driving with everything you have in you, but reality is you're just hanging on and trying get to the checkered flag with the best finish you can get. I dropped back to running fifth off the restart and I brought the car home with a fifth-place finish, and yeah, that was kind of disappointing. Especially when you consider how well we ran in leading the first half of the race. We ran the fastest lap in the race at 15.223 seconds on the scoring transponders out of all 19 cars in the starting field. I know I've got a good race car to drive and an awesome team in the pits supporting me. We'll come back on Friday, April 14 and see if we can't get out first win in 2017."

Grandstand and tier-parking gates at Kingsport Speedway open Friday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Practice will begin at 5:30 p.m. for all classes, followed by qualifying at 7 p.m. and green flag racing starting at 8 p.m. ... Adult grandstand admission $10, with kids 12-and-under admitted free. You can visit the Kingsport Speedway website at

Team Finchum Racing is owned by James and Linda Finchum, with crew chief J.E. Blankenship and team manager Tony Cordell overseeing preparation of the race car, with Tyler Reed, Jacob Ruble and Sam Couch pit crew members.

Supporters for Team Finchum Racing in 2017 on the No. 19 Ford Fusion include: A-1 Finchum Heating & Cooling, Overstock Mercantile, Texas Roadhouse, Finchum Paint & Body, Shaklee, Loveland Baptist Church, RW Race Engines, Five Star Race Car Bodies, and Hedgecock (Race Cars) Racing Enterprises.

To learn more about possible sponsor opportunities with Team Finchum Racing, contact James Finchum at (865) 740-3535. To keep up with Chad Finchum’s racing throughout the season follow him via his newly-designed website at, Facebook at Chad Finchum Racing, or on Twitter @ChadFinchum.