By admin | June 19, 2009
By Richard Allen
Before the start of the season had just about any NASCAR fan or commentator been asked to name the teams most likely to have multiple wins in 2009 the answers would have been pretty much the same. Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing would have topped almost everyoneâ€™s list. However, owner James Finch would have been on no oneâ€™s list.
This Sunday in the Toyota/ Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway Finchâ€™s #09 could tie Roush Fenway Racing and pull to within one of Joe Gibbs Racing in number of wins for 2009.
Finchâ€™s #09 car scored its first ever win in the Aaronâ€™s 499 at the Talladega Super Speedway with young Brad Keselowski behind the wheel. This week, Finch will hand the keys to his winning ride over to veteran road course â€˜ringerâ€™ Ron Fellows in hopes of taking a second checkered flag.
Fellows is one of the most accomplished road racers in North America. The Canadian driver has won six times in NASCAR competition on road courses(twice in the Camping World Truck series and four times in the Nationwide Series).
He will start 29th on the Infineon Raceway course, but with a driver of Fellowsâ€™ ability that starting spot can be overcome.
Although this team receives occasional support from Hendrick Motorsports, it would still be an amazing feat if a car owned by James Finch, driven by multiple drivers throughout the year, had multiple wins in a single NASCAR season.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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