Chad McCumbee, No. 07 GPSstore.com Silverado, finished third ON THE RACE: Well, I wasn't even sure what I was going to be doing mid-January. I talked to Bobby Dotter over at Greenlight Racing and they wanted me to come on board and right now...
Chad McCumbee, No. 07 GPSstore.com Silverado, finished third
ON THE RACE:
Well, I wasn't even sure what I was going to be doing mid-January. I talked to Bobby Dotter over at Greenlight Racing and they wanted me to come on board and right now it's just a part time team. They did a great job today. They've worked really, really hard to improve their program over the winter and it's already shown dividends this early in the season. Bobby Dotter really helped us out making that pit call. It was obviously a little bit of a handful to start with but I think those five or seven laps we really got going there on that last restart and helped us propel up into the top five. They made great adjustments on the truck. The thing was really good. They kept calling out the times to me and we were steadily right where we needed to be. I was real proud of them and hopefully this is something we can really build on.
"I wasn't real sure it was going to work out. It was obviously a handful there for a while. I knew once we settled down we could kind of maintain. I was worried that there wasn't enough on the new tires, but there was. It really took off really great for about five or seven laps and then it kind of seemed like everything leveled out. But I think we made our truck better. Our truck was just continuously coming on there at the end. So my hats off to these guys. This is our first race where all the work these guys have done during the off season has really made a difference."
AFTER HAVING A ROLLER COASTER OFF SEASON AND LANDING HERE, TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS TO YOU
"Oh, it's pretty big, you know. Unfortunately over the off-season, everybody was struggling to get things done. I can't thank Bobby Dotter and everybody enough for this opportunity. We had talked about it a little bit before the '08 season ended and we were able to put it together in January and it's paying off right now."
"It was tough there for a while. I was trying to run wide-open in the first corner, and that didn't work out for me. Bobby Dotter's the man on top of this pit box. He really made it happen for us today. 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. And we weren't even planning to come here. I can't think everybody enough for coming on board and helping us out. We have so many great supporters and so many people who want to see this deal happen and want us to run more. Right now it's a part time deal. But if we keep doing this, hopefully that'll change."
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