Nashville: Chad McCumbee race report

Chad McCumbee Wins ARCA Event at Nashville Superspeedway Young Driver Beats the 'Cup' Odds and Wins at Intermediate Style Track MOORESVILLE, NC (April 9, 2007) -- Nashville Superspeedway (TN) has always been a good track for Chad McCumbee. This...

Chad McCumbee Wins ARCA Event at Nashville Superspeedway
Young Driver Beats the 'Cup' Odds and Wins at Intermediate Style Track

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 9, 2007) -- Nashville Superspeedway (TN) has always been a good track for Chad McCumbee. This time, it was really good.

In his third ARCA RE/MAX Series start of the 2007 season, Chad McCumbee found himself standing in victory lane in the ARCA RE/MAX Series 150 event held at Nashville, bringing home his first career ARCA victory and a pretty snazzy guitar trophy as well.

"This is just awesome," said McCumbee. "This has been a long time coming. I think that we have deserved a few wins and it just seemed to slip by us. Everything happens for a reason, but I think that there are things we learned when we didn't win that helped put us in victory lane today."

The entire race weekend was a good one for the young McCumbee and the #62 Fast Track Racing Chevy. His car was fast in practice, and the team had a good setup for the race, and as they were to find out, a good set up for qualifying as well.

"We went and tested at Nashville, and the guys had the car driving really good at the test. We unloaded really good; we made very few fine-tune adjustments on the car just to get everything perfect. We actually quit practice early and started on all of our pre-race prep and did one little qualifying run right there at the end of the practice, and we did pretty good.

"I actually didn't think that we qualified that good, but we qualified sixth. That kind of showed me that we had the raw speed to hang out front with the leaders and once the race started, it really proved that we did."

Once the race was underway, McCumbee quickly made his move to the front, where he was able to pass and then hold off the NASCAR Nextel Cup affiliated teams on his way to the checkers.

"When the race started and we were able to drive up front and lead that early, I knew we had a shot at it. If we could just take care of the car and be there at the end, I knew that we would be in contention in the end.

"On the long runs the 33 of Cale Gale was a little bit better than we were. He would pull a little ahead of me, but from what I was told I had more of a distance over third place. I knew our only shot at winning was to take four tires with about ten to go."

McCumbee's pit crew, which was composed of friends, former crew members and volunteers, was able to make it a quick four-tire change and get him back out on the track. Their hard work put McCumbee exactly where he wanted to be on the restart.

"I really had confidence that I was just going to find a way to make it back up through there and try and win the thing. The way it worked out I got a really good restart; I got back up to second within a couple of laps. We had another restart with about three to go. I think the 33 must have spun his tires a little bit. I was able to get by him right at the line and that won the race for us.

"I really just have to thank the Good Lord above, Fast Track Driving School, Palm Beach Grading, Nortrack, theGPSStore.com, Garmin, and NOS Energy Drink. I have to especially thank Andy Belmont and Andy Hillenburg. Andy Hillenburg has helped me out so much and has really believed in me. He has helped to get me where I am at today. I am glad that we could bring it home for all of those guys."

-credit: www.chadmccumbee.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Andy Belmont , Andy Hillenburg , Cale Gale , Chad McCumbee