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February 21st, Auto Club Speedway - Chad McCumbee used a brilliant call from crew chief Bobby Dotter to pick-up numerous positions over a long green flag run to finish an impressive third place in The GPSstore.com ...

February 21st, Auto Club Speedway - Chad McCumbee used a brilliant call from crew chief Bobby Dotter to pick-up numerous positions over a long green flag run to finish an impressive third place in The GPSstore.com #07 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series San Bernardino 200 at Auto Club Speedway.

McCumbee started the 200-mile race from the 12th position after qualifying around the two-mile oval in 42.294 seconds with an average speed of 170.237 mph. At the drop of the green flag, Chad got loose going into the first corner of the race and lost several positions before regaining his composure and working The GPSstore.com #07 Chevy into the top-ten on the races twelfth lap.

The events first caution flew on lap twenty-five when Mike Skinner and Brian Scott tangled on the track. While every other truck took two stops for gas and tires, Dotter and the SS Green Light crew only added fuel to McCumbee' Silverado putting Chad in the lead on lap 28. The bold call by the veteran crew chief and team co-owner saved a set of fresh Goodyear tires for the team to use later in the race. On the ensuing green flag, the trucks with fresh tires started passing McCumbee and the #07 steadily dropped back in the running order, fal-ling all the way back to the 20th place when the second caution flew on lap 46.

Dotter called McCumbee to the pits twice during the second caution for fuel and tires while all other lead lap trucks took fuel only. The brilliant strategy allowed Chad to restart from the 20th place with tires that were nearly twenty laps newer than the rest of the field.

Once the track returned to green on lap 49, McCumbee used the fresh rubber to his advantage and stormed through the field passing as many as three trucks per lap reaching the top-ten on lap 54. By lap 70 the black #07 The GPSstore.com Chevy had advanced into the top-five and then moved into fourth place on lap 72.

The race stayed green all the way to the finish with all of the trucks needing to stop for gas. McCumbee used a great stop by the SS Green Light Racing team on lap 86 to keep pace with the leaders. He was one of the first of the lead trucks to come to pit road and dropped all the way back to 15th place before other trucks came to pit road for their fuel stops. As the pit stops cycled through, McCumbee emerged in the third position where he fin-ished the race behind winner Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine.

"Bobby Dotter's the man on top of this pit box. He really made it happen for us today," an excited McCumbee said following the race. "We made the truck a lot better and we were really very, very good at the end even though we had a few laps fresher tires. It was just an awesome effort for these guys. They have worked really hard over the off-season to get to this point."

"We were not even planning to come here this weekend, but we got some help from The GPSstore.com and Garmin and that allowed us to make the trip out here," McCumbee explained. "We have great support from all of our sponsors; ASI Limited, Spectrum Metal Finishing, Akzo Nobel, I can't say enough about them."

The third place finish is a team best for SS Green Light Racing in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition and moved McCumbee into eighth place in the NCWTS standings. McCumbee is hoping the strong finish will open other doors for the team, "Right now this is a part time deal, but if we keep doing this hopefully that will change. We have so many great supporters and so many people who want to see this deal happen and want us to run more."

The SS Green Light Racing team will race again in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 7th.

-credit: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Bobby Dotter , Chad McCumbee , Brian Scott , Kyle Busch