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Chad Finchum (born September 22, 1994) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the Nos. 13, 42, 61, and 66 Toyota Supras for MBM Motorsports. Finchum has also driven several races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, capturing a victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in that series.

Chad Finchum
Chad Finchum 2018 Johnsonville 180.jpg
Finchum at Road America in 2018
Born (1994-09-22) September 22, 1994 (age 25)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2018 position68th
Best finish68th (2018)
First race2018 Food City 500 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
70 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNos. 42/13/61/66 (MBM Motorsports)
2019 position26th
Best finish26th (2019)
First race2017 OneMain Financial 200 (Dover)
Last race2019 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2019.

Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Finchum began racing at age seven,[1] starting his career racing go-karts at Dumplin Valley Raceway in Tennessee.[2] By age 13 he had logged 200 go-kart wins on dirt and asphalt.[1] He then moved to full-bodied cars, often racing late models at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee,[3][4] and also competed in Bandolero and Legends cars in Charlotte Motor Speedway's Summer Shootout.[5] He would win the Tennessee NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship in 2010.[6]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

Finchum drove his first four K&N Pro Series East races in 2011 with Lori Williams, who had given Daniel Suárez and Jesus Hernandez rides previously. Finchum scored two top-ten finishes that first year, finishing seventh at Bowman Gray Stadium and Gresham Motorsports Park.[7] He joined Spraker Racing in 2012, finishing seventh again at Bristol Motor Speedway but not finding success in his other three starts.[8] One start with Spraker in 2013 yielded a DNF at Bristol.[9] Finchum then started 2015 driving for his own team but then associated with Martin-McClure Racing later in the year.[10] In only his third start with the team, and his first in 2016, Finchum won the K&N race at Bristol.[11] Starting from the fourth position, Finchum passed polesitter and leader Harrison Burton thirteen laps into the race and never looked back.[12] In a late restart Finchum held off future NASCAR national series drivers Kyle Benjamin, Justin Haley, Kaz Grala and Todd Gilliland.[13] Focusing on the Xfinity Series in 2017, Finchum ran one K&N race, recording a fifth at Bristol.[14]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

 
Finchum racing the No. 40 in 2018 at Road America

Finchum, in conjunction with his K&N Pro Series East team Team McClure Inc., signed on for two races with MBM Motorsports including a debut race at Dover International Speedway.[15] Despite falling out with engine problems at Dover, Finchum was approved for 1.5-mile tracks, yielding another start at Kentucky Speedway.[16] Finchum made five more starts in 2017 ranging from 1-mile Dover to 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, cracking the top thirty three times.[17]

In late November 2017, Finchum was announced as the full-time driver of MBM's No. 40 entry for the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.[18][19] He led second practice at Daytona International Speedway in July.[20] He finished the year 30th in final point standings.

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

On March 27, 2018, Finchum announced in a Bristol Motor Speedway promotional video that he will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at that track in April 2018.[21][22] The run came in the No. 66 car for MBM Motorsports, whom he also drives for in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.[23] Bristol was a track that Finchum was especially excited to make his debut at, as he considers it a "home track".[24] After starting 38th, he finished 33rd when he retired from the race on lap 335.[25]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2018 MBM Motorsports 66 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI
33
RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 68th 01 [26]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2017 MBM Motorsports 40 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV
34
POC MCH IOW DAY KEN
29
NHA BRI
28
ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV
36
49th 41 [27]
Dodge IND
32
IOW GLN MOH
Toyota CLT
29
KAN TEX PHO HOM
30
2018 DAY
28
ATL
35
LVS
32
PHO
36
CAL
36
TEX
34
BRI
36
RCH
34
TAL
39
DOV
25
CLT
DNQ
POC
30
MCH
29
IOW
26
CHI
38
DAY
14
KEN
31
NHA
21
IOW
37
GLN
29
MOH
29
BRI
30
ROA
22
IND
21
LVS
25
RCH
26
DOV
34
KAN
16
TEX
17
PHO
37
30th 253 [28]
Chevy DAR
32
Dodge CLT
28
66 Toyota HOM
31
2019 42 DAY ATL
26
LVS
21
PHO
19
CAL
32
TEX
23
BRI
20
RCH
34
DOV
30
CLT
38
POC
37
MCH
22
IOW
21
CHI
24
DAY
27
KEN
28
NHA
30
IOW
32
26th 250 [29]
13 TAL
36
GLN
32
MOH
35
ROA
35
IND
33
CLT
36
PHO
32
66 BRI
DNQ
LVS
34
61 DAR
30
RCH
26
DOV
31
KAN
26
TEX
15
HOM
35

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2011 Lori Williams 12 Dodge GRE
18
SBO RCH IOW BGS
7
GRE
7
LGY NHA COL GRE
26
NHA DOV 31st 486 [30]
2012 Spraker Racing 37 Toyota BRI
7
GRE
12
RCH
36
IOW BGS GRE
25
LGY CNB COL IOW NHA DOV GRE CAR 32nd 96 [31]
2013 Chevy BRI
34
GRE PEN RCH BGS IOW LGY COL IOW VIR GRE NHA DOV RAL 76th 10 [32]
2015 James Finchum 17 Toyota NSM GRE BRI
17
IOW BGS LGY COL NHA 34th 74 [33]
Martin-McClure Racing 39 Chevy IOW
18
GLN MOT VIR RCH DOV
23
2016 Toyota NSM MOB GRE BRI
1*
VIR DOM STA COL NHA
14
DOV
14
24th 135 [34]
33 IOW
17
GLN GRE NJM
2017 39 NSM GRE BRI
5
SBO SBO MEM BLN TMP NHA IOW GLN LGY NJM DOV 44th 39 [35]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

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