Michigan: Chad McCumbee preview

The last three races have been an up and down roller-coaster ride for Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light team. The team has had good starts in all three events only to chase the handling of the No. 07 resulting in finishes of fifteenth, seventh...

The last three races have been an up and down roller-coaster ride for Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light team. The team has had good starts in all three events only to chase the handling of the No. 07 resulting in finishes of fifteenth, seventh and thirteenth. The team hopes this weekend the roller coaster will return to it's upward trend and that McCumbee can bring home his fifth top-ten of the year.

The SS Green Light team, who is running without a primary sponsorship for the Michigan 200 is bringing back the same Chevy Silverado that the team has run at all of the intermediate tracks so far in 2009 including a third place run at California along with top-ten finishes at Atlanta and Kansas. The team lead by co-owner and crew chief Bobby Dotter is hoping that the trip to Michigan, which is a very similar layout to California, will return the No. 07 to the front of the NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series field.

"We let a couple of good finishes slip away from us at Charlotte and Texas. The adjustments on these trucks are so critical and being in clean air is so important to how the truck reacts on these mile and a half and two mile speedways." McCumbee explained. "I know Bobby and the guys in the shop are working hard because we have been good when we unload each week. During the race we have to do a better job on track position because it's just so hard to pass when you get back in the dirty air."

"At Michigan, you can run several lines so if you get caught in traffic you can try to change your line on the track to find clean air. I'll tell you, the best thing is to start up front it's a heck of a lot easier from up there," he joked.

The SS Green Light team has made major improvements in performance with the No.07 team in 2009 which is currently only 27 points out of sixth place in the owners point standings. The team is actively seeking marketing partners to run the entire twenty-five race NCWTS schedule.

"We all love racing, but bottom line is this is a business and in order to attract marketing partners you need to be up front and getting exposure. This year we have done a solid job on the track and with TV and radio exposure." Said team owner Ken Smith, "We have had multiple companies come on board with us this year for several races each and I feel we have given them great branding for the dollar, but we are still short of running the whole season. I'm hopeful a strong showing at Michigan will help us secure funding to keep the No. 07 in the top-ten in points."

-credit: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter , Chad McCumbee