Mechanical Issue Slows McCumbee at Bristol Bristol, TN (August 19, 2009) Chad McCumbee drove a strong race in the No. 07 tiwi/Aerus Chevrolet in Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway but a broken oil line forced the SS Green...
Mechanical Issue Slows McCumbee at Bristol
Bristol, TN (August 19, 2009) Chad McCumbee drove a strong race in the No. 07 tiwi/Aerus Chevrolet in Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway but a broken oil line forced the SS Green Light Racing team to move the truck behind the wall and ultimately ended their night 28 laps from the finish in 27th-place.
McCumbee started from the 19th position and moved into the top-15 after only four laps around the .533 mile track. McCumbee defended the 14th position until the first caution of the night waved on lap 35 and the tiwi/Aerus Chevrolet made its first trip down pit road.
The SS Green Light Racing pit crew changed two right side tires and then McCumbee returned to pit road on the next lap for fuel and adjustments to correct a "tight" condition. As McCumbee was exiting the pit stall, the No. 10 truck was en-tering its pit stall and the two made slight contact at McCumbee's right front fender. McCumbee returned to pit road one more time before the field was given the restart for the crew to assess any damage and give their truck two fresh left side tires.
By lap 50, McCumbee had worked his way into the 23rd position when the second caution flag was displayed. A quick pit stop by the crew during this caution moved McCumbee into 21st for the restart. "The truck could be a little bit better, Bob," McCumbee radioed to crew chief Bobby Dotter eight laps later during the third yellow flag of the night. "We're not bad though."
Following a pit stop for four fresh tires during the caution period, McCumbee restarted 19th on lap 73 and began to climb through the field. Lap 110 of the 200-lap race saw the No. 07 tiwi/Aerus Chevrolet in the 17th position and McCumbee bypassed the No. 25 of Terry Cook to return to the top-15 on lap 131. "We're running the right front off of it," McCum-bee radioed while racing in the 15th position on lap 147. A caution three laps later gave the SS Green Light Racing pit crew an opportunity to change right side tires, replacing the worn right front tire and putting McCumbee in position to restart in 11th-place with 42 laps to go.
Shortly after the restart, the tiwi/Aerus Chevrolet began smoking from the front end and was forced to pit road on lap 172 when the crew raised the hood and found a broken oil line, ending their night 28 laps from the finish in 27th-place.
"We had a strong truck tonight and I almost got the team that top-10 at Bristol that I've been looking for before the oil line broke," said McCumbee. "I just have to thank tiwi and Aerus for being on the truck with us here at Bristol. I was really hoping to give the local Aerus employees a good finish tonight. tiwi will be joining us again several more times later in the season so I hope we can get them back up to the front."
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