Daytona: Chad McCumbee preview

Promising young driver returns to revamped team. The season opening Nextra Energy 250 will kick off the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It will be the first race with a sponsor other than Craftsman since the series inception in 1995. For...

Promising young driver returns to revamped team.

The season opening Nextra Energy 250 will kick off the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It will be the first race with a sponsor other than Craftsman since the series inception in 1995. For Chad McCumbee the race will mark a reunion with SS Green Light Racing; the 24-year old drove for the team in 31 races back in 2006 and 2007. The team has gone through a major rebuilding since that time and has very high hopes for a strong 2009.

The 24-year old Driver from Supply, NC has experience well beyond his years including hundreds of starts in go-carts, Allison Legacy, late models, ARCA, trucks and seven Sprint Cup starts for Richard Petty. "A lot has gone on in the last year with the economy and everything so returning to SS Green Light Racing is a great opportunity for me. Bobby's been so good to me and I see the plan that Ken has for building this team into a contender. It's going to be an exciting year; I don't think it will take long before we are competitive every week. Running up front and getting noticed will just help us to continue to grow and run more races."

SS Green Light co-owner Bobby Dotter will be on top of the pit-box for McCumbee's return to the team, "I'm really happy to have Chad back behind the wheel. Our speedway trucks have run good in the draft in the past, we've been working on some little things to make them better," Dotter explained. "I think the new rules for pit road will help us this year and will make the races more exciting, it's going to change the strategy of the race. Making the right call for tires or gas could make for some surprising finishes."

Rebuilding the SS Green Light team has been at the forefront of co-owner Ken Smiths mind since he bought half of the team at the beginning of 2008. "Our main focus is to make this #07 truck competitive. We've had our plans in place since November, some of these teams are still coming together but we've been working towards Daytona for three months," explained Smith. "We want to race and race competitively. We're going to showcase Chad's talents early this year and create some excitement for potential partners. The goal is to get Chad a full season in the #07."

Joining several other top Chevy teams, SS Green Light Racing will use power from Mark Smiths' Pro Motors in 2009 "I ran Marks motors last year and he does a great job, so I'm sure we will have plenty of power," commented McCumbee. "With the rules change this year we will be running the engines more than once but I think that's a good thing. Especially for the smaller teams, I don't think reliability will be an issue."

* This will be the Chad's 72nd NCWTS start, and 80th NASCAR start.

* Chad has competed at Daytona in the NCWTS on two previous occasions.

* Chad finished 7th in the season-opening Chevy Silverado 250 race at Daytona last year.

* Chad's best finish career finish is in the NCWTS was 2nd in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 16, 2008.

Chad's thoughts on Daytona International Speedway and the NextEra Energy Resources 250: "I had a really good race here last year. We ran in the top five for much of the race but we broke a left front shock near the end and that really made the truck a handful to drive. We ended up seventh but it was a better run than that. I don't know if we will have the all out speed in qualifying, but it should run really well in the draft. I feel we can run in top ten and with some better luck at the end I can get the ASI Limited truck to the front of the pack."

-credit: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter , Richard Petty , Chad McCumbee