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NXS: Finchum Scores First Xfinity Series Top 25 at Dover

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Chad Finchum drove the #40 Smithbilt Homes Toyota to his NASCAR Xfinity Series career-best finish, capturing a 25th for MBM Motorsports at the Dover International Speedway.

Dover is now Finchum’s most experienced track, as three of his 17 Xfinity starts have been made on the one-mile concrete circuit.

Heading to Dover, MBM decided to enter three cars for the first time in 2018. 41 cars arrived at the track to compete for the 40 starting positions, and so MBM’s third car, with no owner points to fall back on, had to qualify in the Top 33 in order to make the race. Timmy Hill, who had been driving the #66 through the first nine races of the year, was moved to the #13 car needing to qualify on time, and team owner Carl Long prepared himself to make his first start of 2018 in the #66.

Saturday morning qualifying was a stress-filled adventure for MBM. The #13 Toyota was still in the technical inspection line when Round 1 began, one of several teams that was on the border as to whether they would be able to make an on-track qualifying attempt before time expired. Fortunately, there was a red flag late in Round 1 for debris, and NASCAR halted the session clock. Those couple of extra minutes proved vital for MBM, as the team passed the new for 2018 Hawk-Eye Optical Scanning Station, Timmy Hill got buckled in, and the team was ready to take to the track as soon as the session resumed.

Hill starred in qualifying, reaching Round 2 of qualifying for the second time this season (though Round 2 was not held at Texas Motor Speedway due to inclement weather). The Port Tobacco, Maryland native earned 22nd on the grid for the race, bettering his previous best start at Dover by four positions (2012 with Rick Ware Racing) in his 13th Xfinity race at this track.

Chad Finchum qualified the Smithbilt Homes machine in 30th, marking his fifth Top 30 start of 2018 and a small improvement over his 31st place start in this event one year prior. Carl Long in the #66 Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit / CrashClaimsR.Us Dodge turned in the 32nd quickest time, ensuring all three MBM cars qualified for the OneMain Financial 200.

At the start of Stage 2, both Finchum and Hill were running on the lead lap. Finchum raced hard throughout the day and accomplished the directive of the old racing adage “beat the people you are supposed to beat.” The 25th place result for the Knoxville, Tennessee native is a solid accomplishment the team can hope to build on in future races.

Hill came home 35th and Long was classified 39th. The Xfinity Series will now take a couple of weekends off before returning at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend in three weeks’ time.

MBM Motorsports remains in search of sponsors to join our team at future events. Serious sponsorship inquiries are welcomed at contact@mbmmotorsports.com.

Fans are encouraged to follow along with the MBM Motorsports team by liking the team’s Facebook page and following the team on Twitter and Instagram @MBMMotorsports. Team owner Carl Long can be tracked on Facebook @CarlLongMotorsports and on his website, carllongmotorsports.com.

*Editor’s Note** In 2018, Rubbings Racing will be working with Carl Long Motorsports bringing you the team’s official race weekend recap

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