MADISON, Ill. – Former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Chad Finley will make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 will mark Finley’s third career start in NASCAR’s third-highest division. The Dewitt, Mich., native will drive the No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado.
A part-time competitor with the ARCA Racing Series, Finley and crew chief Bruce Cookhead to Gateway looking for a top-10 finish in the first race of a limited Truck Series schedule this season.
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday night,” said Finley, who last competed in the Truck Series in 2015. “This is a huge chance for our race team to make some noise and compete for a strong finish.
“I really think we have the capabilities to come off the hauler pretty strong and show everyone we’re a serious contender.”
Joining the Michigan-based team for Saturday night’s race as a major associate partner is Strutmasters.com.
Since 1999, Strutmasters.com has served as an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits.
The Roxboro, N.C. company returns to the series for the first time as a team partner since the 2011 Truck Series season, when Matt Lofton was at the controls.
“I’m really grateful to have this opportunity to welcome back Strutmasters.com on board with our team at Gateway,” added Finley. “They came on board for the ARCA race at Michigan and while we had a fast car, we had some back luck and didn’t get the finish we were hoping for.
“This is an opportunity for us to get that second chance and show them what we’re capable of. Bruce (Cook, crew chief) is a really smart guy when it comes to these Trucks and he feels confident that we can go out there and be competitive from the get-go.”
Competing in a Truck Series race for the first since Chicagoland Speedway nearly three years ago, Finley has yet to finish higher than 21st in a truck race. However, he is confident that all the ingredients are together to make his return appearance a big one.
“There’s going to be a lot of factors this weekend,” noted Finley. “From stage racing to heat to even learning this new truck, I know the odds are going to be stacked against us, but I believe we’ve shown time and time again that our team thrives under pressure.
“We’ll see how practice goes, regroup and focus on qualifying. Getting into the show is our main goal. We think we should be able to do that. Once that’s off our plate, we’ll turn our concentration to the race. If we can stay on the lead lap, keep our nose clean and make adjustments throughout the race, I think a top-10 is realistic and something to build on for our next race.”
In addition to his two prior Truck starts, Finley, 26, has 20 ARCA starts to his credit.
Since his ARCA debut in 2009, Finley has earned one win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole and track record at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.