Daytona: Chad McCumbee preview

Chad McCumbee Ready For NASCAR Truck Daytona Debut High-Banked Superspeedway First Race of Year for Young Hotshoe MOORESVILLE, NC (February 11, 2007) -- The anticipation has been building all weekend long and finally, the time...

Chad McCumbee Ready For NASCAR Truck Daytona Debut
High-Banked Superspeedway First Race of Year for Young Hotshoe

MOORESVILLE, NC (February 11, 2007) -- The anticipation has been building all weekend long and finally, the time is here. Speedweeks 2007 is officially underway and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will take to Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February, 16th. Chad McCumbee is ready to try his hand at the 2.5-mile high-banked Superspeedway.

"I think that we are really excited to have everyone back from 2006," said McCumbee. "We made some good, new additions to our team and we are ready to get started out on the right foot. I am really excited about getting to work with my new crew chief Dan Glauz. We made the necessary adjustments in the off season and I think that we are going to have a good 2007. Hopefully, Daytona will be the first showing of that."

It will be Chad's first time at the track in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck, but he feels that the experience, and success he has had in an ARCA car, in addition to the Truck race at Talladega Superspeedway in the fall, will pay off and allow him to bring home a solid finish this weekend in the Truck.

"I think any experience at Daytona is going to be good to help you get all of the first time jitters out. Any time that you go to a big notorious track like Daytona, you need to learn where you need to be. You need to learn the ins and outs of each track and figure out where the trouble spots are. I think that I have a really good idea of where that is at, at Daytona.

"The trucks are pretty crazy in the draft. It is pretty awesome. With the cars, it's a lot more single file and you can't pull out by yourself but with the trucks, they put such a big hole in the air that it is really such a different race in itself. It is almost like an intermediate track because you have to handle so good. The tires are pretty hard and the Trucks slide around and jump quite a bit.

In preparation for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race, the team headed down to Daytona in December for a test and brought home some results that should prove useful come Friday.

"Our test in December went pretty solid and I feel that we made the truck even better and we should have a good race with good handling. I am really looking forwarding to putting theGPSstore.com / Garmin Chevrolet up front."

The 2006 season ended on a solid note for the Green Light Racing Team and the No. 08 theGPSstore.com / Garmin Chevrolet and the momentum from 2006 should surely roll into this season.

"I definitely wouldn't count us out for the win," added McCumbee. "We had a pretty good run at Talladega in the fall, just biding our time until the end. If we can make just a few improvements on how we were there and in our test, I don't see why we couldn't be in victory lane on Friday."

The 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season will get underway on Friday February 16, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway.

-credit: glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
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