Finley Secures First Career ARCA Victory in Nashville

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In 13 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races, Chad Finley held a best finish of third that he gained at Berlin in 2009, and again at Pocono and Rockingham in 2010. All that changed tonight when the Dewitt, MI native brought the No. 51 Auto Value Parts Stores Chevrolet SS to victory lane.

Finley took the lead late in the race thanks to having a fresh set of General Tires. It was a wreck-filled ending to the event with drivers like Cody Lane, Bobby Gerhart, Thomas Praytor, Vinnie Miller and a few others getting involved in incidents. Things got heated in the infield after an incident between Gerhart and Miller resulted in the race ending prematurely for both drivers. The drivers appeared to have a verbal disagreement, but the matter remained civil.

Kyle Weatherman, who once again dominated another Fairgrounds Speedway race in Nashville, found himself finishing in second after winning the pole. Weatherman was unable to hold off Finley during the second to final green flag run after using up all of his equipment.

Christian Eckes made his ARCA debut last season in this race where he finished eighth, but tonight he was a man on a mission, and had one of the fastest cars of the evening. During one of the pit stops, one of the crew members left the wedge wrench in the car, and Eckes had to make an unscheduled return to pit road. The 2016 Snowball Derby champion was able to work his way back through the field, and secure his best career finish of third in the series.

Austin Theriault was in contention for the lead for most of the race, but lost sight of the lead late. He was able to bring home yet another top-5 finish, the fourth of his career, after opening the season with a win at Daytona.

Mason Mingus, whose plans to run in Nashville didn’t come to fruition until earlier this week, finished fifth. The former series regular was racing in place of injured Justin Fontaine.

Results from Nashville

  1. Chad Finley
  2. Kyle Weatherman
  3. Christian Eckes
  4. Austin Theriault
  5. Mason Mingus
  6. Sheldon Creed
  7. Riley Herbst
  8. Tony Mrakovich
  9. Dalton Sargeant
  10. Zane Smith
  11. Brian Finney
  12. Shane Lee
  13. Bret Holmes
  14. Scott Reeves
  15. A.J. Fike
  16. Thad Moffitt
  17. Willie Mullins
  18. Michael Lira
  19. Nick Higdon
  20. Rick Clifton
  21. Brad Smith
  22. Eric Caudell
  23. Gus Dean
  24. Bobby Gerhart
  25. Vinnie Miller
  26. Con Nicolopoulos
  27. Cody Lane
  28. Thomas Praytor
  29. Mike Senica
  30. Dale Shearer
  31. Mark Blasingim
  32. Chris Resse
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An Ooltewah, TN native, Christian has been writing since July of 2015. In 2017, Christian transitioned from his own blog to a few different websites, joining OnPitRoad in February. In 2005 Christian attended his first race as a fan at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s been around racing his entire life and enjoys being at the track more than anything. He made his media debut at Bristol in 2015. His favorite tracks are Iowa Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix. He enjoys talking about racing with just about anyone and makes occasional appearances on numerous radio shows across the country. In his time attending races he’s attended almost ninety races among the six racing series. Along with NASCAR, He loves Minor and Major League Baseball. He’s a Minnesota Twins and Chattanooga Lookouts. He also enjoys watching Iowa State Cyclones college football.