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The Phoenix Rises, Jake Finch Finds Redemption, Dominates At Talladega

Jake Finch burns it down after winning in dominate fashion at Talladega. Photo Credit: FS1 Broadcast

After coming oh so close to his first career win in the ARCA Menards Series season, and taking a blowing defeat at Daytona, Jake Finch and his Phoenix Construction team were able to rise up and take home the victory in the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, dominating and leading all 76 laps on the day.

This win marks his first in the ARCA Menards Series National platform. His second win in the ARCA platform as a whole after winning last year’s ARCA Menards Series East race at Dover Motor Speedway.

The Lynn Haven, FL native is now the 20th driver to get his first career win in the ARCA Menards Series at Talladega.

“Just trying to stay locked in. I can’t thank everyone enough. Shannon (Rusch) said if we just do what we need to do then we’ll kick everyone’s butts,” the 18-year-old said post-race.

“I couldn’t really believe like, we won. It’s super cool…Such a good day,” he added. Finch came so close to his first career win at Daytona earlier this year, but after contact on the last lap with Venturini teammate Gus Dean, the No. 20 machine was wrecked on the backstretch, a few thousand feet short.

Taking second on the day was Finch’s VMS teammate Kris Wright, who picked up his first career top five of his ARCA Menards Series career.

“It got a little hairy on the start…but we single filed out. I ran third for the first half, and second behind Finch in the second half. I made a move a little to late..the last thing I was gonna do was let someone win the race other than a Venturini car,” the Wexford, PA native said.

“I wanted to keep that victory in the Venturini camp.”

Toyota teammate Tanner Gray took home third on the day, with Daytona winner Gus Dean, and Christian Rose rounding out the top five.

In his return to the series for the first time since 2023, Frankie Muniz piloted the No. 30 for Rette Jones Racing and brought it home in ninth.

Other solid runs included Caleb Costner, tying his career-best 13th-place finish from 2023, and Cody Dennison, who came home in 17th place.

After the dominant performance by Finch at Talladega, we have a new points leader. Christian Rose now leads by one point over Greg Van Alst.

Up next, the Series travels to Dover Motor Speedway for a combination race with the East. You can catch the race live on FS1 on Friday at 5 P.M. ET.

Official Results from the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway


PosNo.DriverTeamLapsDiffStatusPoints
120Jake FinchVenturini Motorsports
Phoenix Construction
Toyota
76--Running48
215Kris WrightVenturini Motorsports
FNB Corporation
Toyota
760.184Running42
318Tanner GrayJoe Gibbs Racing
Place Of Hope
Toyota
760.264Running41
455Gus DeanVenturini Motorsports
Dean Custom Air
Toyota
760.483Running40
532Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
Ford
760.547Running39
68Sean CorrEmpire Racing
Nesco Bus Sales
Chevrolet
7616.588Running38
722Amber BalcaenVenturini Motorsports
Icon Technologies
Toyota
7616.690Running37
82Andres PerezRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc.
Chevrolet
7616.794Running36
930Frankie MunizRette Jones Racing
Ford
7616.895Running35
1025Toni BreidingerVenturini Motorsports
Raising Cane’s
Toyota
7617.026Running34
1135Greg Van AlstGreg Van Alst Motorsports
Zaki Ali Injury & Criminal Attorney / ZakiAli.com
Chevrolet
7617.485Running33
1244Thomas AnnunziataFerrier McClure Racing
Nerd Focus
Chevrolet
7619.194Running32
1393Caleb CostnerCostner Weaver Motorsports
Lickety Lew’s / Heritage Water Systems
Chevrolet
7621.365Running31
1469Scott MeltonKimmel Racing
Melton McFadden Insurance / Donna’s Donuts
Ford
751 lapRunning30
157Eric CaudellCCM Racing
RYDIN / Coble Enterprises / Red Tide Canopies
Toyota
751 lapRunning29
1627Tim RichmondRichmond Motorsports
Immigration Law Center
Toyota
751 lapRunning28
1701Cody DennisonFast Track Racing
ALL CAPS Comics
Ford
751 lapRunning27
1811Bryce HaugebergFast Track Racing
Karcher / Brenco
Toyota
742 lapsRunning26
1988A.J. MoyerMoyer-Petroniro Racing
River’s Edge Cottages & RV Park / Ampere EV
Chevrolet
742 lapsRunning25
2012Ryan RouletteFast Track Racing
Bellator Recruiting Academy / VFW
Ford
742 lapsRunning24
2110Ed PompaFast Track Racing
HYTORC of NY / Double H Ranch
Toyota
742 lapsRunning23
2299Michael MaplesFast Track Racing
Don Ray Petroleum LLC
Chevrolet
733 lapsRunning22
2387Chuck BuchananCharles Buchanan Racing
Spring Drug
Chevrolet
733 lapsRunning21
2457Hunter DeshautelleBrother In Law Motorsports
Chevrolet
733 lapsRunning20
2503Alex ClubbClubb Racing
Race Parts Liquidators
Ford
724 lapsRunning19
2631Casey CardenRise Motorsports
nationalpolice.org
Chevrolet
715 lapsRunning18
2773Andy JankowiakKLAS Motorsports
Acacia Energy
Ford
706 lapsOut17
2806Con NicolopoulosWayne Peterson Racing
Peterson Motorsports
Ford
706 lapsRunning16
2998Dale ShearerShearer Speed Racing
Toyota
697 lapsRunning15
3048Brad SmithBrad Smith Motorsports
Copraya.com
Ford
697 lapsRunning14
316Lavar ScottRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc.
Chevrolet
688 lapsRunning13
3268Jeff ScofieldKimmel Racing
JXT Transportation
Chevrolet
2650 lapsOut12
3397Jason KitzmillerCR7 Motorsports
A.L.L. Construction
Chevrolet
868 lapsOut11
340Ben PetersonWayne Peterson Racing
Peterson Motorsports
Toyota
769 lapsOut10
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