XFINITY: Chad Finchum disqualified after 27th-place finish at Richmond

PHOTO:
Brian
Wertman,
thanks
@nascarcatholic


Chad
Finchum

picked
up
the
2nd
last-place
finish
of
his
NASCAR
XFINITY
Series
career
in
Friday’s

Go
Bowling
250
at
the
Richmond
Raceway

when
his
#61
Smithbilt
Homes
Toyota
finished
27th,
but
was
disqualified
after
completing
246
of
250
laps.

The
finish,
which
came
in
Finchum’s
93rd
series
start,
was
his
first
of
the
season
and
first
since
May
25,
2019
at
Charlotte,

46
races
ago.
In
the
XFINITY
Series’
last-place
rankings,
it
was
the
12th
disqualification,
the
17th
for
the
#29,
and
the
141st
for
Toyota.
Across
NASCAR’s
top
three
series,
it
was
the
29th
for
the
#61,
the
38th
from
disqualification,
and
the
343rd
for
Toyota.


Timmy
Hill
picked
up
the
4th
last-place
finish
of
his
NASCAR
XFINITY
Series
career
in
Friday’s
Go
Bowling
250
at
the
Richmond
Raceway
when
his
#66
CrashClaimsR.us
Toyota
fell
out
with
a
vibration
after
4
of
250
laps.



The
finish,
which
came
in
Hill’s
205th
series
start,
was
his
second
of
the
season
and
first
since
August
22,
the
opening
round
of
the
Dover
double-header,
four
races
ago
(LINK).
In
the
XFINITY
Series’
last-place
rankings,
it
was
the
12th
for
the
#66,
the
141st
from
a
vibration,
and
the
141st
for
Toyota.
Across
NASCAR’s
top
three
series,
it
was
the
76th
for
the
#55,
the
215th
from
a
vibration,
and
the
343rd
for
Toyota.
Late
last
year,
Finchum
scored
a
surprising
15th-place
finish
at
Texas,
which
still
stands
as
the
best
finish
by
Carl
Long’s
underdog
XFINITY
team
Motorsports
Business
Management
(MBM)
on
a
mile-and-a-half
oval.
While
he
missed
the
cut
for
this
year’s
Daytona
500,
he’s
quietly
become
perhaps
the
most
consistent
driver
on
MBM
this
season.
He
began
the
year
with
seven-straight
finishes
inside
the
Top
25,
lifting
him
as
high
as
19th
in
the
point
standings,
then
earned
a
season-best
16th
in
the
first
round
of
the
Kentucky
double-header.
Then,
just
last
week,
Finchum
campaigned
one
of
the
most
head-turning
“throwback”
schemes
at
Darlington.
Honoring
both
Jerry
Nadeau
and
the
now-defunct
Elliott-Marino
Motorsports,
Finchum’s
#13
Camry
was
decorated
like
the
FirstPlus
Financial
Ford
Taurus
from
the
1998
Winston
Cup
season.
In
the
race,
Finchum
battled
for
the
Lucky
Dog
all
the
way
to
the
finish,
taking
20th
at
the
checkered
flag.
It
was
the
best
finish
ever
for
the
scheme
at
Darlington

when
it
last
ran
in
’98,
Nadeau
finished
31st
in
the
spring
race
while
Dennis
Setzer
ran
29th
in
the
Southern
500.
For
Richmond,
The
MBM
team
swapped
car
numbers
for
all
three
of
their
drivers,
giving
Finchum
the
#61
number
that’s
been
shared
with
Hattori
Racing
Enterprises
and
driver
Austin
Hill.
In
place
of
the
Hattori-backed
Supra,
Finchum
would
drive
MBM’s
bright
yellow
Toyota
Camry,
a
car
which
in
past
years
has
run
several
road
course
races.
Timmy
Hill,
one
of
Finchum’s
teammates
at
MBM,
drew
the
37th
and
final
starting
spot.
In
place
of
the
blue-and-gold
Carl
Long
“throwback”
scheme
Stephen
Leicht
ran
last
week
in
Darlington,
Hill
would
run
the
white-and-gold
scheme
the
team
ran
earlier
this
season.
Leicht
moved
to
the
#13,
which
still
carried
Hill’s
sponsorship
from
RoofClaim.com.
Prior
to
the
green
flag,
Hill
would
be
joined
by
two
teams
due
to
pre-race
penalties

Matt
Mills
from
22nd
for
unapproved
adjustments
on
his
#5
J.F.
Electric
Chevrolet
and
Joey
Gase,
who
was
swapped
in
for
31st-place
J.J.
Yeley
in
SS-Green
Light
Racing’s
#07
Donate
Life
Virginia
Chevrolet.
When
the
race
started,
Hill
dropped
behind
both
Mills
and
Gase,
retaining
the
37th
starting
spot
for
the
green
flag.
On
the
break,
Hill
was
5.08
seconds
back
of
the
lead,
and
by
Lap
3
had
dropped
a
full
1.523
seconds
back
of
36th-place
Kyle
Weatherman
in
the
#47
Honor
and
Sacrifice
Chevrolet.
By
Lap
5,
the
team
was
counting
Hill
down
to
his
pit
stall,
then
was
instructed
to
pull
into
the
garage.
The
radio
went
silent
at
that
point,
and
NASCAR
didn’t
report
the
#66
was
behind
the
wall
until
Lap
10.
NASCAR
reported
Hill
out
of
the
race
on
Lap
32.

Timmy
Hill’s
#66,
which
was
originally
credited
with
last
place.

PHOTO:
@MaryMuncie

Overall,
it
had
been
a
rough
evening
for
the
MBM
trio.
Stephen
Leicht
dropped
out
with
an
axle
issue
after
88
laps,
and
his
car
chief
was
ejected,
unable
to
participate
in
the
second
round
of
the
double-header.
Leicht
took
35th
in
the
unofficial
results,
one
spot
ahead
of
Myatt
Snider,
whose
#93
Superior
Essex
Chevrolet
was
turned
into
the
inside
wall
on
the
backstretch
following
the
Lap
42
competition
caution.
Rounding
out
the
Bottom
Five
were
Colby
Howard,
who
stalled
on
the
track
on
Lap
15
and
lost
27
laps
in
the
garage
before
he
returned
to
action
during
the
competition
yellow.
Jeb
Burton
also
suffered
mechanical
issues
on
his
#8
State
Water
Heaters
Chevrolet,
nixing
a
strong
top-ten
run
at
his
home
track,
but
also
managed
to
finish
under
power
in
33rd.
Finchum
easily
earned
the
best
finishing
position
of
the
MBM
trio,
taking
the
27th
spot,
four
laps
down.
That
changed
around
10:26
P.M.
local
time,
when
it
was
revealed
Finchum’s
car
had
failed
the
rear
heights
phase
during
post-race
inspection.
The
result
dropped
Finchum
to
last
place,
putting
all
three
MBM
cars
in
the
Bottom
Five,
and
bumping
Jeb
Burton
out
of
the
group.
Finchum
will
likewise
start
last
on
Saturday
for
the
second
round
of
the
double-header.

LASTCAR
STATISTICS
*This
marked
the
first
last-place
finish
for
the
#61
in
an
XFINITY
Series
race
since
June
30,
2018,
when
Kaz
Grala
and
Fury
Race
Cars,
LLC
got
their
only
last-place
finish
together
at
Chicagoland
following
electrical
issues
on
his
#61
Kiklos
/
IT
Coalition
Ford

after
just
1
lap
of
the
Overton’s
300.


THE
BOTTOM
FIVE
37)
#61-Chad
Finchum
/
246
laps
/
disqualified
36)
#66-Timmy
Hill
/
4
laps
/
vibration
35)
#93-Myatt
Snider
/
46
laps
/
crash
34)
#13-Stephen
Leicht
/
88
laps
/
axle
33)
#15-Colby
Howard
/
220
laps
/
running

2020
LASTCAR
XFINITY
SERIES
OWNER’S
CHAMPIONSHIP
1st)
Motorsports
Business
Management
(6)
2nd)
Joe
Gibbs
Racing
(3)
3rd)
JD
Motorsports,
Jimmy
Means
Racing,
JR
Motorsports,
Mike
Harmon
Racing,
Shepherd
Racing
Ventures,
SS-Green
Light
Racing
(2)
4th)
B.J.
McLeod
Motorsports,
Jeremy
Clements
Racing,
Kaulig
Racing
(1)

2020
LASTCAR
XFINITY
SERIES
MANUFACTURER’S
CHAMPIONSHIP
1st)
Chevrolet
(15)
2nd)
Toyota
(9)

2020
LASTCAR
XFINITY
SERIES
DRIVER’S
CHAMPIONSHIP

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