Brittany Finley Racing: A Family Tradition

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Brittany Finley Racing: A Family Tradition
Brittany at Lanier Speedway

"Deep inside, everybody knew that Brittany would be a race-car driver.  She'd ride shotgun in her dad's car on practice laps.  She spent most weekends at a track somewhere.  She finally started racing at 16…"

"'I think it was this over boys,' Brittany said, explaining her dad's approval.  She was leaning on the passenger side door of the black #B36 Chevrolet Silverado truck that she races.  'B' is for Brittany." [1]

Friends…if you haven’t already heard, there’s a little lady from Ardmore, Ala. that’s making quite a name for herself on the asphalt tracks around the southeast—she is the “Alabama Belle”—Miss Brittany Finley.

Brittany was born on March 2, 1986.  She is currently 24 years old.  Her proud parents are Dale and Tammy Finley.  She has an older brother named Cale.

Dale Finley, the pilot of the original No. 36 in the Finley family, raced for more than 30 years on local short tracks where he collected more than 80 wins!  And even though he has retired from the seat, he is still very involved in racing as he is the owner and crew chief for Team Brittany Finley Racing—and he supports Cale in his racing efforts as well.

Cale, who has had some asphalt experience, currently owns and drives the No. F36 Super Late Model on local dirt tracks around the South.  Cale, with the help of his father, won the 2007 Super Car Track Championship at Thunderhill Raceway.

Brittany wins at Gresham Motorsports Park

Growing up in this racing family, it was apparent that Brittany would eventually climb into a race car.  And according to her father, she was a natural!

Brittany’s first ride was in the Buzz Class at Huntsville Speedway, where she peddled a Saturn to 34 top-fives, 21 top-10s and seven wins!

In 2007, at 20 years of age, Brittany moved to Super Trucks and began her drive into the pages of history!  In her first year, she grabbed two top-fives and six top-10s including a second- and third-place finish in two O’Reilly Super Truck Series races.

In 2008, the Alabama Belle made history by being the first lady to win at Birmingham International Raceway in 37 years.

In 2009, Brittany became the first woman ever to win at Montgomery Motor Speedway—and she did it with style friends!  She led every lap after setting a new track record for qualifying in the Super Truck Series!

And most impressive race fans, in 2010 our lady Brittany became the first female to win a regular [2] racing series track championship in the state of Georgia and the third lady nationwide! [3]

Yes, race fans!  Brittany Finley captured the 2010 Super Truck Series Championship at Gresham Motorsports Park!  And again, I must say, she earned this championship with style as she grabbed two wins and averaged a remarkable third-place finish in all of the point events throughout the year!  It was a great drive for “beautiful ‘Bama blond”…and a fantastic year for her father Dale and Team Brittany Finley Racing!

Brittany and her father, Dale

In the last points race of 2010 at GMP, endeavoring to support breast cancer awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Brittany’s race team all wore pink No. B36 T-shirts—and her truck sported a pink hood.  Before the race on this night, all in attendance were encouraged to sign this commemorative hood.  This hood is scheduled to be donated to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, in Dawsonville, for display.

 

Other Notes of Interest

Brittany attended the Lyn St. James women’s in the Winners Circle Driving Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. in 2009 (Phase I) and 2010 (Phase II).  She was also selected for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program in 2010.

Next year, Brittany hopes to move into a late model and, she has also shared, she would like to continue driving her truck as well.  “It all depends on sponsorship,” she said.  In the future, she hopes to drive in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

And as far as her sponsors, Brittany asked that we make sure to thank them all for her in this article…so on the behalf of Brittany, her race team, her family and all of her fans—thank you, North Alabama Tools, Young’s Farm and Tractor Sales, WAR Shocks, Britton Towing and Tornado.  You all are sponsoring a champion!

I shared with Mr. Finley (Dale), I feel as though I have met new friends over the past year as I have become acquainted with the Finley family and race team.  What a great group of kind, caring, compassionate—real people!

Race fans, in closing, I hope that you all make a trip to Gresham Motorsports Park in 2011 and watch this little lady wheel a car!  I promise you all, Brittany has not only driven herself into the history books at GMP—but she has driven her way into our hearts as well!  You should see all of the No. B36 T-shirts.

Hey Brittany, we wish you all the best—keep diggin’!

 

—www.motorsportamerica.com



[1] Mark McCarter, The Huntsville Times

[2] Regular—not Bandoleros or Legends, etc.

[3] Friends, I researched the Internet and found Alissa Geving—2008 and 2009 Winged Sprint in California, and Johanna Long—2008 Pro Late Model in Florida.  If I missed anyone, please correct me.

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