Team McClure Inc announced today a program that will enter Chad Finchum into NASCAR Xfinity Series competition for a pair of 2017 events, beginning with One Main Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway. Finchum will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut driving the No.40 entry for the event through a partnership with MBM Motorsports.
Overstock Mercantile, a discount retail store based in Chilhowie, VA, will serve as primary sponsor for the Dover event.
Finchum, from Knoxville, TN, has earned over 1,000 wins across multiple racing series and disciplines including INEX Bandalero Series, Legends Car Series, the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Finchum has 17 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with five top-10 finishes to his credit. Most notably, Finchum secured his first victory in the series at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 while competing for Martin-McClure Racing. Finchum also held the title of Tennessee Whelen All American Series Champion in 2013.
"In my career in NASCAR, I've had the pleasure of being involved in the many different aspects of the sport. From driving to sponsorship acquisition to sponsorship activation to team ownership, I've done it all. Now, through Team McClure Inc., I am excited to represent Chad Finchum as he makes his first start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as well as sponsor him through my store, Overstock Mercantile.
Being a driver, you become a brand ambassador, introducing NASCAR fans to companies who share the same passion for motorsports and the loyal fans of our great sport. I am excited to introduce the NASCAR Xfinity Series to Chad Finchum as a driver and to Overstock Mercantile as a sponsor.
I wish nothing but the best for Chad as he makes his first start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and for all the great things that lie ahead for him."
"I've known and worked with Chad Finchum for several years. I'm excited for him and this next step in his professional racing career. The high-banked racing surface at Dover International Speedway suits his driving style. In my partnership with Eric McClure, we've always talked about being able to help young drivers advance in their careers. Chad is the first of what will surely be many young drivers to utilize our program as a stepping stone in their careers. I wish him all the best in Dover and beyond."
"I am very excited about the opportunity. Coming up from the grass roots of the sport, I'm honored to get my chance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, especially at Dover. I've raced there twice in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and had good speed both times. The track is similar to Bristol Motor Speedway and winning at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 will definitely help my NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in Dover. I'm looking forward to the race and I hope I can continue to grow and progress in the sport."
Carl Long, Owner MBM Motorsports:
"MBM Motorsports is happy to have Chad Finchum join our organization. Chad has proved to be a winning driver and we hope that Chad will gain experience and bring home a solid finish so that sponsors will join on to help his program.
As a driver, I have competed in the top tiers of NASCAR since 1983 and now, as I approach 50 years old, I am looking forward to putting drivers behind the wheel of our cars. We know we do not operate with a big budget, but we strive to do more with less at every race we attend. Regardless of operating capital, MBM is growing, and I hope to grow together with Chad Finchum and Team McClure Inc."