Chad McCumbee 28th at Martinsville Monday, March 30th, Martinsville Speedway - Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team finished 28th behind Kevin Harvick at the rain delayed Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. It was a disappointing...
Chad McCumbee 28th at Martinsville
Monday, March 30th, Martinsville Speedway - Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team finished 28th behind Kevin Harvick at the rain delayed Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. It was a disappointing yet promising 200th straight start for the SS Green Light team.
McCumbee qualified 23rd on Saturday morning with a time of 20.50 seconds on the paper-clip shaped half-mile track before the skies opened up and caused the race to be postponed until Monday. "We never went to test before we unloaded here and we only had 30 laps of practice for this truck. It was pretty good, but a tick tight in practice so we keep loosening it up," McCumbee said Saturday after qualifying. "We didn't do a real mock qualifying run and we ended up just too free to get a good qualifying lap in. It should race good once some rubber get into the track, I think we'll have a good run for Blacks Tire."
McCumbee was right on with his assessment of his Chevy truck and after the drop of the green flag on Monday, he moved steadily forward in the running order reaching the thirteenth position on lap 70. During the races next caution, the race would take a dramatic turn for the SS Green Light team, as a huge cloud of steam erupted from underneath McCumbee's Blacks Tire & Auto Service Silverado. An overheating issue caused the lower radiator hose to fail resulting in a lengthy stop on pit-road to cool the engine and repair the hose. The extended stay on pit-road dropped the #07 Blacks Tire and Auto Service Chevy some ten laps behind the leaders in 34th place.
McCumbee stayed out of harms way for the balance of the event and although the #07 was ten laps down, he was able to run lap times equal to trucks in the top-ten for the remainder of the event and took the checkers in 28th place behind fellow Silverado driver Kevin Harvick. "It's disappointing because I never seem to have any luck here. I really like racing at this track, but something always seems to happen." McCumbee explained. "I'm encouraged because if we can run as strong as we did early today at the next short tracks we are going to have some good finishes later in the year."
Crew Chief Bobby Dotter was also optimistic with the performance of the Blacks Tire & Auto Service #07. "We'll have to figure out what exactly caused the radiator hose to fail. We might have had an issue with the pressure valve and when the truck got warm during the caution, it caused the lower hose to fail. It's kind of a strange deal. Prior to that Chad was doing just a great job and we were moving right to the front. I'm sure we had a top-ten truck and maybe even better. The best part is we didn't tear it up so we have a good truck to bring back."
The SS Green Light Racing #07 was able to compete this weekend with the support of Blacks Tire & Auto Service. McCumbee was appreciative of the assistance the Carolina-based auto service chain gave to the team. "I really want to thank Blacks Tire & Auto Service for helping us out this weekend. We didn't quite give them the finish we had hoped for, but I know the whole team appreciates that we were able to come to Martinsville and keep our top-ten status in the points. We wouldn't have done that without their help."
The finish dropped McCumbee to eighth in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings 177 points behind Kyle Busch. The team has several weeks off before heading to Kansas Speedway on April 25th when TheGPSstore.com will join the SS Green Light team for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.