Bad Luck has Chad Finley Searching for Redemption

First Scheduled Start with the CARS Tour up Next

Mooresville, North Carolina (Wednesday, July 8, 2015): After a long layoff from racing, Chad Finley was finally able to get back behind the wheel in his home state of Michigan. On Tuesday, June 16th at Berlin Raceway (MI), Finley participated in the Battle at Berlin 251 Presented by Primera Plastics. It was his first major scheduled Super Late Model race of the season with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS. After what looked like a promising day leading up to the main event, the day took a 180 for the CFR team.

After topping the charts all day in Monday’s practice sessions, as well as early Tuesday morning, Finley would go on to qualify and start third for the nights main event, a 251-lap race with the best in the country on hand. Early on in the race, Finley was maintaining a top five run and would lead several laps. After a caution on lap 170 several teams came on to pit road and a few stayed out and that would put the #42 in the 14th position deep in the field for the restart. As the two leaders were coming to get the green, they got together and collected much of the field. Finley was unfortunately caught up in the “big one” on the front stretch ending the race for the team .

“I was very disappointed with how our race ended at Berlin,” the Dewitt native stated following a 23rd place finish. “We had such a strong run both days and it looked like we had a very promising car at the end. But there is nothing we could do about it, so we sent the car off to Port City Racecars and got it fixed up and now we are ready to go for our next race at Motor Mile on July 11th.”

The Chad Finley Racing Team is preparing to head down south again for the next event at Motor Mile Speedway located in Fairlawn, Virginia. This will be Finley’s first scheduled event with the southern-based CARS Super Late Model Racing Tour. “I am very excited to get back behind the wheel and hope to redeem myself after what has already been a disappointing season so far.” The 23-year-old driver stated. “We’ve been working overtime since our accident at Berlin to make sure we get the car back to where it was so we can have the best opportunity to perform well for sure.  My guys have been awesome, working non-stop to help me get the car rebuilt,” he ended.

For the rest of the 2015 racing season, Finley will partake in select events within the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour when his schedule allows. In addition, he’ll also race in more events within the Southern Super Series as well as CARS Super Late Model Tour. Also Finley will make his first career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teaming with Rette/Jones Racing next month on Friday, August 14th at Michigan International Speedway in the Careers for Veterans 200.

In the Food Country USA 200 at Motor Mile Speedway, Finley’s familiar black #42 CFR / Ford will carry sponsorship decals from Auto Value Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers. In addition more stickers are from, The Air Lift Company, XLT Engineering,, Driven Racing Oil, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Bassett Racing Wheels, Affordable Tire & Service, Bosch Spark Plugs, Hyperco Suspension and M.P.H. Promotions.

For more information about Chad Finley Racing and to inquire sponsorship opportunities for the remainder of the 2015 racing season, please go to the CFR website located at: You can also follow CFR on Facebook and Twitter by going to the following links: and and clicking on the “Like” and “Follow” buttons respectively.

In Memory of Joseph DeFrates

All of us at Chad Finley Racing give Honor and Tribute to Joseph DeFrates. Chad's Grandpa.

May He Rest In Peace - 2-20-1942 - 11-13-2013