The Driver Suit Blog-The Vest Project Part 22-The Rise and Fall of A Phoenix

By David G. Firestone

James Finch started his career in construction, eventually founding Phoenix Construction in 1983, which specializes in Airport construction. In 1989, he founded Phoenix Racing, which fielded cars in The Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Truck Series. They won a single race in the Cup Series, The 2009 Aaron’s 499 with Brad Keselowski, and 13 races in the Xfinity Series.

The team lasted from 1989 to 2013, during which time, Phoenix Racing raced a total of 795 races, 251 in the Cup Series, 543 races in the Xfinity Series, and one in the Truck Series. Phoenix Racing also raced 64 races in ARCA, and amazingly has 10 wins. In 2013, faced with rising costs, Finch decided that he would sell his race team. The team was bought by Harry Scott Jr., who renamed the team HScott Motorsports.

In 2011, Phoenix Racing raced in a total of 4 races, with two different drivers. Landon Cassill Started 2nd, and finished 3rd in the 2011 DRIVE4COPD 300, and Jamie McMurray raced 3 races, but failed to score a top 10. During that season, one of their crew member in the Nationwide Series wore this black Phoenix Racing vest. The vest shows light use, not surprising for a vest that was only used for 4 races at most.The vest has a standard red collar, which is unadorned.The cowl doesn’t have a tag, but does have the word MILEY written in Sharpie.The right chest features a NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES logo embroidered.The left chest features a GOODYEAR logo and a Chevy bow tie logo embroidered.The front torso has a large PHOENIX RACING logo embroidered.Inside the zipper is the Impact warranty label, and identification tag, which is unadorned, but shows wear from Velcro.The hems have comfort straps at the bottom, under the arm holes. The shoulder epaulets have PHOENIX logos embroidered into the red material, and IMPACT tags underneath, and the vest has standard arm holes. The back of the vest doesn’t show much wear.The back of the neck features a Chevy bow tie logo embroidered.The back torso features a PHOENIX RACING logo embroidered.Next week, an IndyCar pit crew suit.

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