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NASCAR Xfinity Career-Run for Finchum Ends with Engine Failure

Bristol, Tennessee (04/14/18) Chad Finchum was extremely excited for Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 in his MB Motorsports No. 40 SmithBilt Homes/ Toyota Camry.

Not only was it a homecoming for the Tennessee racer, but he had a fast car in practice and qualifying. All of these factors made had Finchum fired up.

After qualifying 29th fastest on the grid Chad quickly worked his way forward in the event.

By lap 30 of the 300 lapper he was up into the 15th-starting spot and on the move. Unfortunately the all-too-familiar bad luck found Finchum 18 laps later when he lost his oil belt, which resulted in a blown engine.

Chad was credited with a 36th-place finish.

"Heartbroken doesn't begin to describe it," Chad said. "We we're so fast and we had so much potential for a big-time finish, bu this bad-luck bug just found us again. Thanks so much to all of my family and friends, who came out to support. Definitely want to say thanks to my sponsors and my team. We'll look for much better luck in tomorrow's 500-lap event with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup."

"We had a great car - no doubt the best I've had so far in NASCAR Xfinity competition," Finchum said. "However, things took a bad turn when we got turned into the fence. It was the hardest hit I've ever taken, but thankfully I'm ok. I really appreciate everyone who called, e-mailed, and texted to make sure that I was ok. It really meant a lot."

In practice for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 Finchum posted the 27th fast time on the board, which gave the team high hopes.

Moving onto qualifying Chad registered the 26th-fastest time to lock into the 26th-starting spot for the 200-lap affair. It marked his best-career starting spot thus far into his NASCAR Xfinity career.

Early in the race Finchum's day was looking great as he advanced to mid-pack. Unfortunately, things changed quickly just before the end of stage 2. Chad was turned into the turn one fence by another competitor. The vicious wreck destroyed the car and ended the team's outing in the 34th position.

"It was a bad deal for sure, but it happens in racing," Finchum noted. "I'm really excited to move onto Bristol Motor Speedway, where i'll compete in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This is a dream come true and I'm very thankful for the opportunity."

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