Finchum Scores In Kingsport Opener

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Race fans from around Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina came out in huge numbers for the 2013 season-opener at Kingsport Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Chad Finchum drove the No. 19 Chevrolet SS to his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock victory after getting to the inside of Hayden Woods with five laps remaining in the 60-lap feature to take the lead, and then withstanding a couple of challenges from Woods over the closing laps.

“I was digging as hard I could,” Finchum said. “Hayden and I were running hard, and I spun the tire coming off (turn) two. He gave me a shot going into (turn) three, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from him. That’s just good short-track racing and I loved every minute of it. Once I saw that white flag come out, it was like I’m going to get this one”

The 18-year-old Finchum led a parade of teenagers across the finish line. Woods, a 17-year-old who attends Providence Academy in Johnson City, came home in the runner-up position and 16-year-old Blake Jones of Sevierville finished third.

John Harrell topped the street stock race with Jason Ketron winning the pure four event. The Legends victory went to Zack Walton.