Newton, IA (Sept 5, 2009) At the midway point of the inaugural Lucas Oil 200 at the Iowa Speedway, Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team looked to be on track for his first short-track top-ten finish of the 2009 NCWTS season but...
Newton, IA (Sept 5, 2009) At the midway point of the inaugural Lucas Oil 200 at the Iowa Speedway, Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team looked to be on track for his first short-track top-ten finish of the 2009 NCWTS season but McCumbee and the No. 07 team fell back to fifteenth place at the finish of the race at the 7/8-mile track one by Mike Skinner.
After several strong practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, Chad qualified in the fourteenth position and held position during two early caution periods. Chad got shuffled back to seventeenth following the second restart on lap ten and then patiently worked his way towards the front during early stages of the race. He was back into the top-fifteen by lap 40 and moved into twelfth after a round of pitstops following a debris caution on lap 58.
Chad moved into eleventh on lap 75 following a spin by Austin Dillon and then into the top-ten on lap 84. Chad looked strong and was gaining ground on the trucks in front of him when the caution flew on lap 110. The SS Green Light team took extra time on pit road to remove a spring rubber and the lengthy stop dropped the No. 07 back to sixteenth on the restart. Chad spent the final 80 laps of the race trying to overcome the loss of track position and ended-up in fifteenth in the final running order.
"We knew we would loose a little time when we made the chassis adjustment under caution, figuring we could make it up on the track. I think the stop took a little longer than we planned, those things happen. The guys on the SS Green Light team have done a good job all year long," said McCumbee. "We thought we needed to make that adjustment to make the truck handle better, but we learned that track position was more important than what we gained. I was really surprised at how important track position was, I thought we would have more side-by-side racing and more passing on this track."
"We had several really good practices and I think this was the best we have been on a short-track this year. I think we had about an eighth place truck in the race." McCumbee continued. "We learned an awful lot and I wish we could get to run the next couple of short-tracks because we were a lot better than we have been all year. It's all going to come down to funding if we can get the chance to run those races. I know everyone is working to try to make that happen."
Camping World West Series regular, Jamie Dick made his debut in the NCWTS and finished 22nd in the SS Green Light Racing No. 08.
The NCWTS will travel to the Gateway International Raceway just east of St. Louis on Saturday, September 12, 2009 for the Copart 200.