By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
After running part-time in 2018, Chad Finley Racing will attempt to run the entire 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season. Team co-owner Chad Finley and part-time Series driver Robby Lyons will make up a part of the driving line-up for the No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado.
In 2018, the organization ran five races, two under the CFR banner, and three in conjunction with Reaume Brothers Racing. Finley earned the teams’ best finish, as well as his career best, sixth, in their 2018 debut at Gateway Motorsports Park.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve built in a short time,” said Jeff Finley, team principal at Chad Finley Racing. “We were able to post a strong top-10 finish in our first race of the season at Gateway and were able to carry that speed all the way through our last race of 2018.
“We’re working harder at the shop to make our program better and know that it takes a total team effort. The addition of a talented funded driver at a competitive investment only makes our team stronger for the goal of celebrating in Victory Lane.”
Lyons has 11 career starts in the Truck Series. His best finished, 12th, came in his debut at ISM Raceway fin 2017 or Premium Motorsports. Since then, Lyons has earned three more top-20 finishes in underfunded equipment.
Veteran crew chief Bruce Cook will lead the team from the pit box. He led Ron Hornaday Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer to a combined six victories during his tenure at Kevin Harvick Inc.
“With Daytona opening the season, we realize it’s a huge opportunity for us to showcase our abilities,” added Cook. “Robby (Lyons) did an exceptional job with our superspeedway truck at Talladega going from the back to the front on multiple occasions and finding himself where it mattered when it counted the most, even if the result wasn’t what we hoped for.
“The good thing for our truck program is that we’re aggressively working hard in the shop using our resources to make our program better from top to bottom. From superspeedways to speedways and short tracks, we’re making the investments to have a strong platform no matter who is behind the wheel. We’re looking forward to 2019.”
The team will likely include other drivers in their driving line-up depending on sponsorship and other factors.