Finchum Focused on Winning Kingsport Speedway Championship

Finchum Focused on Winning Kingsport Speedway Championship

by August 14, 2013 0 comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It all comes down to Championship Night at the Races this Friday at Kingsport Speedway to determine whether Chad Finchum of Knoxville holds on to win the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title. Twin Late Model Stock features will be held.


Finchum entered the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Kingsport Speedway with three goals in mind – capturing the track Late Model Stock championship, winning a state title, plus contending for the national championship.


The 18-year-old holds a nine-point advantage over Zeke Shell heading into the final points racing night at “The Concrete Jungle.” He leads Tennessee state points, and ranks seventh in the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings out of drivers from all across the country.


Always focused and determined to take care of business, Finchum’s had a remarkable campaign at Kingsport Speedway. He’s recorded five wins and 13 top-five finishes, with 18 overall top-10 runs, plus has earned six pole awards.


“To be perfectly honest, we’ve had a really good racing season,” said Finchum this afternoon while taking a break from working on the race car in the shop. “You establish goals you’d like to accomplish before the racing season begins and then do all you can to reach them. Week in and week out, we’ve been competitive and in the hunt to win races at Kingsport Speedway. And what more could you ask for?


“It all begins with great preparation back in the race shop during the week if you hope to run well, and my crew chief Dinky Torbett, he’s not going to leave anything to question. From front to back and on all four corners, you can rest assured the race car is gone over and nothing overlooked.”


Finchum is coming off a solid runner-up finish this past Friday, on Precision Electrical Company Night at the Races.


“We jumped out into the lead at the start last Friday night and stayed out front until the halfway point in the race,” Finchum said. “I really feel like we had a car capable of winning the race, but we’re right at the end of the racing season and in a tight battle for the championship. You’ve got to race smart and not put yourself in position for anything crazy to happen.


“Ben Rhodes comes in to race and he’s only got one thing on his mind, and that’s try to win the race. He’s not racing for points, so he has nothing to lose. But from our perspective, I can’t race him hard as I’d like to. Following a restart, he (Rhodes) got to the inside of us aggressively racing into the first turn and got into the side of our car. A situation like that, we were probably fortunate to not have gotten a tire cut down from the contact. My crew came over the radio and told me to ‘let the 41 go’ and don’t put myself into position for contact to take us out.”

Two weeks ago, Finchum impressively pulled off a sweep in winning both Late Model Stock twin features on First Kingsport Credit Union Night at the Races.


“Wow, what an awesome deal it was to be able and win both Late Model Stock twin features,” said a smiling Finchum. “We’d never been able to do something like that before. With the caliber of competition weekly at Kingsport Speedway, if you can win two races on the same night it’s a huge accomplishment. It speaks volumes for our family-owned race team. Every time the car pulls onto the track, it’s the result of a total team effort. I’ve been presented with great opportunities in life by my parents that have allowed me to race, and I give all the glory to God for all the blessings he bestows upon me.”

Championship night at Kingsport Speedway is scheduled Friday, Aug. 16, and should Finchum hang on to capture the track championship, he would also be crowned the Tennessee State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion. That would earn him a trip to the NASCAR Home Tracks National Banquet later this year in December at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.


“You know, that would be such a cool deal in getting to attend the NASCAR Home Tracks National Banquet representing your local track and home state as champion,” Finchum said. “We’ve put ourselves in position to make it happen. We’ve got an awesome Hedgecock race car and it will be well-prepared this Friday. We’ll just strap the helmet on and tighten the belts and let the cards fall where they may. That’s all you can do, really.”

Seven different drivers have visited victory lane at Kingsport Speedway in Late Model Stock competition this season, with Finchum’s five wins leading the way. Finchum won the season-opener and has stood atop the point leaderboard for all but four weeks during the season.


Chad Finchum Racing, owned by James and Linda Finchum, is headed by crew chief Dinky Torbett (Torbett Race Cars), with crew members Tony Cordell, J.E. Blankenship, Tyler Reed, Eric Romines and David Couch.

Supporters for Chad Finchum Racing in 2013 on the No. 19 Chevrolet SS include: A-1 Finchum Heating & Cooling, Texas Roadhouse, Finchum Paint & Body, Creekside Grill & Catering, Embassy Suites Concord, Loveland Baptist Church, RW Race Engines, ARbodies, and Hedgecock (Race Cars) Racing Enterprises.

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

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