Just Laps From Finish, "The Big One" Spoils McCumbee's Day Talladega, AL - After racing hard all day long, Chad McCumbee had positioned his No. 07 tiwi Chevy right where he wanted it for the sprint to the finish of the "Mountain Dew 250...
Just Laps From Finish, "The Big One" Spoils McCumbee's Day
Talladega, AL - After racing hard all day long, Chad McCumbee had positioned his No. 07 tiwi Chevy right where he wanted it for the sprint to the finish of the "Mountain Dew 250 Presented by Fred''s" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway.
However, McCumbee's fortunes quickly changed with just four laps to go when he was caught in the middle of an eight-truck pile-up that relegated the SS Green Light Racing entry to a 24th place finish.
Qualifying in the 12th position in Friday's session placed Chad in the outside of the sixth row at the start of the 96-lap race. At the drop of the green, the outside lane was unable to keep pace with and Chad fell back a few positions in the running order. He finally dropped to the inside lap and on lap 13 and avoided early disaster when Robert Richardson's engine exploded right in front of the tiwi No. 07.
Chad spent much of the first half of the race running at the tail of the lead draft, trying to stay out of trouble and waiting for the right opportunities to move forward. Soon Chad found a drafting partner in Colin Braun and moved up into 11th at the halfway point and reached a highest position of 6th on lap 55.
On lap 64 several trucks in front of Chad got slowed-up and he made contact with Braun's truck causing Braun and several other trucks to spin and damaged the right front of McCumbee's Chevy. After repairs by the SS Green Light team Chad would restart in 24th.
Chad made several good moves in the draft and moved up to 17th on lap 81 and continued toward the front reaching 11th on lap 90 and the outside line appeared to be moving towards the leaders when several trucks in front Chad got together and "The Big One" was on. With no where to go, Chad plowed into the spinning trucks of Mike Skinner and Ron Hornady ending his day five laps short of the finish. "I thought we had positioned ourselves for a top-ten, but there was just nothing I could do to avoid the mess." said McCumbee after the race.
"I need to apologize to Colin for getting into him there, I surly didn't do that on purpose," he added. "I want to thank tiwi and everyone that helped the SS Green Light team all year long. This team just needs some good luck. We can't seem to catch a break lately. I'm looking forward to Texas, we had a pretty good truck there earlier this year."
Chrissy Wallace finished and impressive 13th in the Fuel-Doctor.com No. 08 Chevrolet, which SS Green Light Racing ran in partnership with Rick Ware Racing.
McCumbee and the SS Green Light team will head to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night for the Lone Star 350k.