Bad Luck strikes Chad McCumbee at Daytona; ...
Bad Luck strikes Chad McCumbee at Daytona; #07 team fights back to 19th after being caught-up in early altercation.
Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team had very high expectations after recording the fifth fastest time in Thursday's final practice session for the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250. However, before the race had reached the tenth lap, bad luck struck and McCumbee was on pit road for an extended repairs that put the ASI Limited Chevy down six laps to the leaders before the team rebounded for a top-twenty finish.
On the races seventh lap several trucks got together directly in front of McCumbee and Chad could not avoid contact which heavily damaged the ASI Limited Chevy's nose, pushing the grill into the radiator. McCumbee stopped three times under the ensuing caution as the SS Green Light team worked to repair the damage but as soon as Chad returned to green flag racing, the #07 began to overheat and was forced to return to the pits for an additional repairs falling back to 32nd place, six laps down to the leaders.
From that point forward, Chad and the SS Green Light team led by co-owner and crew chief Bobby Dotter used patience and hard work to earn a top-twenty finish. Under cautions that flew over the next eighty laps the SS Green Light team performed nearly twenty pit stops to keep the #07 Chevy from overheating and McCumbee was awarded four "Lucky Dog" free passes during those cautions and finished the event in 19th place Finishing just two laps down to winner Todd Bodine.
While the finish is not what the team was hoping for to start the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, McCumbee was pleased with the efforts of his team, "We had some brake issues this weekend and I just couldn't get the truck stopped in time and got into the back of another truck during that first wreck. Once we went back to green and the temperature climbed above 250 degrees I thought we might have a short night but these guys on the SS Green Light team worked hard and kept us in the race." McCumbee added, "This is a young crew and the guys stayed calm and never got excited. They did a great job making multiple repairs on each caution, the crew got us a top-twenty finish tonight."
"Not quite the start were looking for but this is an experience that we can build upon," Dotter said. "Everyone did a great job tonight; that was a tough break early in the race, I'm real proud of the job our guys did tonight. I'm looking forward to California, I think we will have a pretty good truck for Chad."
McCumbee's #07 will carry the banner of The GPS Store.com and Garmin when the team heads west to California for the San Bernardino County 200 on February 21st.