Martinsville II: Chad McCumbee preview

Chad McCumbee No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Quotes from Chad McCumbee: "Everyone fought hard this past weekend at Lowe's. We didn't get the finish that we wanted, but I believe we learned a lot for the remaining races.

Chad McCumbee
No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge

Quotes from Chad McCumbee:

"Everyone fought hard this past weekend at Lowe's. We didn't get the finish that we wanted, but I believe we learned a lot for the remaining races. There are a lot of intermediate tracks left of the schedule and I'm confident that we will have good runs in those races. Those are still my favorite places to race. Stewart (Cooper, crew chief) and I work well together. We just need to keep developing our communication."

"I always look forward to short track racing because that's what I grew up on. The Allison Legacy Series and late model stock racing at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway did a lot to prepare me for this weekend. And I have a lot of experience in the truck series at Martinsville. It's not going to be an easy weekend. I know a lot of guys struggle in their first cup race at Martinsville, but I believe that I have enough experience, and a good enough team, to run well on Sunday."

Quote from crew chief Stewart Cooper:

"Rockingham Speedway has built a replica of Martinsville, complete with concrete turns. We're taking Chad there this week to get him some more seat time in these cars, especially at a tricky place like Martinsville. He's also got the truck race there this weekend. That's a lot of laps in one week. He should be pretty familiar with the place by Sunday."

* McCumbee will attempt to make his second consecutive Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 45 Dodge after competing in last weekend's Bank of America 500.

* McCumbee has competed in five Sprint Cup Series races for Petty Enterprises. His best finish of 17th came at Pocono in June.

* McCumbee won an ARCA race in his very first start for Petty Enterprises, which came at the Pocono Raceway in 2007

* McCumbee has made four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at Martinsville. He has led six laps at the half-mile oval.

-credit: pe

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