NXS: Finchum Delivers Best Career Start at Fontana


Chad Finchum picked up his best ever career starting spot for the Roseanne 300 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

The MBM Motorsports team showed strong form in practice, with Finchum placing his #40 Smithbilt Homes / TLC Resorts Vacation Club Toyota 25th in the first practice of the weekend. Timmy Hill, driving the #66 Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit / CrashClaimsR.Us Dodge, also demonstrated speed early on, placing 28th in the same session.

In the second and final practice, Finchum made a 10 consecutive lap run, focusing on how the handling characteristics of the car changed as the tires wore out and fuel burned off. After struggling a bit with the carís drivability in Phoenix last weekend, the team wanted to be sure the #40 would perform better over the course of a longer run in race setup this week.

Qualifying once again seemed to be the highlight of the MBM race weekend. Finchum delivered a superb lap, not only backing up his practice time, but recording a lap time eight tenths of a second faster than in practice. The lap speed of 172.476 miles per hour was quick enough for P28 on the grid. The starting spot was a best ever for Finchum in his 12th career start, bettering his 30th place start from two weeks ago at Las Vegas by two positions.

Timmy Hill in the #66 was forced to qualify on 20 lap old scuffs, and still he was able to put up a respectable lap time despite the significant grip disadvantage.

With the fast practice speeds and decent qualifying efforts, MBM entered the race with high hopes of achieving decent finishes for the two cars. Unfortunately, the engine gremlins would strike the #40 Toyota again, as the Knoxville, Tennessee driver broke a rocker arm before the halfway point in the race. Finchum wound up 36th. It marks the second consecutive weekend engine woes have put a premature stop to the 23-year-oldís efforts.

Timmy Hill ran a few laps deeper into the race but also was forced to retire before the halfway point; he finished 35th. With clutch problems on Mike Harmonís car in the early going of the event, the #66 MBM car is now three points ahead of the #74 in owner points, which could play a crucial role in determining provisionals at future events. The next stop on the NASCAR Xfinity Series tour will be at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.

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*Editorís Note** In 2018, Rubbings Racing will be working with MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports bringing you the teamís official race weekend recap

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