Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 10/10/14
James Finch is leaving NASCAR but that does not mean the No. 51 team is closing down shop. On Thursday Finch said he expects to announce the sale of Phoenix Racing on July 15. While Finch declined to identify who was buying the team he did say that he was “somebody who’s got money.”  “I’m in negotiations with an individual to buy the team, and if he does that I’ll let him finish out the year,” Finch said, via the News Herald. “He’s a qualified buyer, so hopefully we can make everything work.” Money and sponsorship dollars have proved to be Finch’s crutch at the Sprint Cup level. Finch said earlier this year that the costs for running a team were too much and that he would run though the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28 and then close down his team. During Finch’s time as a car owner he oversaw 13 victories in the Nationwide Series and one Sprint Cup victory which came with Brad Keselowski at the wheel. Finch will not completely fade into the background when the
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