Homestead: Chad McCumbee preview

Chad McCumbee No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Chad McCumbee: "There's really no track on the schedule like Homestead. The layout and the progressive banking make it pretty unique. I personally think it is a great place to end...

Chad McCumbee
No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge

Chad McCumbee:

"There's really no track on the schedule like Homestead. The layout and the progressive banking make it pretty unique. I personally think it is a great place to end the season. In a perfect world, NASCAR would prefer to have five or six guys going into Homestead with a chance to win the championship. You want to put them on a track where they can show all of their talent. A track where they can walk away, win or lose, knowing that they gave it everything they had. A track where the finish is not influenced by someone else. Homestead has all of that."

"Our engineering department has been working hard and running some simulation models to prepare for this race. We weren't happy with our cars at Atlanta and Texas so we're going to go to Homestead with a different setup. A lot of off-season preparation goes into Daytona because it's our biggest race and it's up first, but after Daytona we're right back at the downforce tracks like California and Las Vegas. That makes this a pretty big race to get prepared for 2009."

"I want to finish the season strong for everyone at Petty Enterprises. We've had our struggles this year, but we've also had some bright moments that we can build on. Pocono and Loudon were two good races for us. Stewart Cooper and I are both young guys in this series so we are growing together. I look forward to running more races with him in the future."

* McCumbee will attempt to make his Sprint Cup debut at the Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.

* In two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at AMS, McCumbee has scored a best finish of 13th and has led one lap.

* McCumbee has competed in five Sprint Cup Series races for Petty Enterprises. His best finish of 17th came at Pocono in June.

* McCumbee won an ARCA race in his very first start for Petty Enterprises, which came at the Pocono Raceway in 2007.

* In observance of Veteran's Day the Paralyzed Veterans of America will be collecting donations at Homestead this weekend to help in their mission of bettering the lives of our service men and women.

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Chad McCumbee