Chad McCumbee Continues To Impress; Takes Seventh at Nashville Truck Series Rookie Scores Second Top 10 of Season with Strong Truck in Music City MOORESVILLE, NC (August 15, 2006) -- The usual cast of characters have been running up front this...
Chad McCumbee Continues To Impress; Takes Seventh at Nashville Truck Series Rookie Scores Second Top 10 of Season with Strong Truck in Music City
MOORESVILLE, NC (August 15, 2006) -- The usual cast of characters have been running up front this season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Drivers that have typically run up front on a consistent basis have been doing just that again in 2006, but lately, one young driver in particular has been knocking on their door as a potential threat week in and week out.
Chad McCumbee may be a relatively new name to the front of the field in the CTS, but for the driver and those who have watched him compete on a regular basis through the years in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the success is well-deserved and well-earned. McCumbee had another strong performance on Saturday night during the 200-lap Nashville race, qualifying his number-07 GPS Store.com Chevrolet on the outside pole and racing to a solid seventh-place finish, his second top-10 finish of the season.
"It was a huge weekend not just for me but for the whole race team," said McCumbee. "We were able to sit on the front row and have a solid top-10 effort to show people that Green Light Racing is for real and to show people that I'm for real and what I can do. I just think it was another week of us trying to be able to prove something and doing what we had to do. Hopefully we can keep putting ourselves in the right position for good runs as the season goes on."
McCumbee's outside-pole qualifying run was a career-best for the 21-year-old. Racing in the top 10 for much of the race, McCumbee knew that he had what could have been an even better run if not for some mid-race contact that cost him some momentum as the race went into the later stages. Even still, with a fast truck in qualifying and throughout the race, even with the damage, McCumbee was able to secure a strong finish for the Green Light Racing team.
"Qualifying was enormous for us. To qualify second was great. Whenever you come up just a little bit short like that you start thinking that maybe there was a slip here or a slip there and maybe you could've gotten the pole position. Or you could've crashed trying, too.
"We started off good with a top-five truck for the first quarter of the race. I was running around a couple other trucks and there was some contact made and they came up into me. That knocked the toe in and bent up the left-front fender. That immediately tightened up the truck, and we fell from a fifth-place truck to a 12th-place truck.
"Come to find out, to finish seventh is pretty good considering we had about four or five variables against us there at the end with aero and mechanical problems. We finished where we should have. The truck was really good on the restarts all night long. I kept moving up a few positions each restart, but it was a solid effort for us and we need to keep doing that week after week."
With another strong finish to his credit, McCumbee now switches gears to one of the most famed tracks in all of racing, Bristol Motor Speedway, on August 23rd. The concrete half-mile is notoriously tough on both drivers and equipment, but the young driver isn't fazed by the tough task ahead of him at the high-banked Bristol track. Instead, he's anxious about his Bristol debut.
"Andy Hillenburg, who helped me last year in ARCA, told me that Bristol was built for me, so I'm really looking forward to it. I went to Salem Speedway last year (with the ARCA Series) and sat on the pole and went the quickest that anyone had ever gone there in like six years or something. I'm not saying that Salem is similar to Bristol, but both tracks are places that you have to catch your breath before you can tell the crew what is going on with the car or truck. I'm really looking forward to it.
"I know it is going to be a challenge with it being my first time there and with the Truck Series being as competitive as it is, but I'm looking forward to it, and I think it will be another one of those deals where I can show what I can do.