Kentucky: Chad McCumbee race report

Chad McCumbee Eleventh for tiwi at Kentucky Sparta, KY (July 18, 2009) Chad McCumbee nearly scored his fifth top-ten of the season finishing eleventh in the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway before a late race altercation dropped the...

Chad McCumbee Eleventh for tiwi at Kentucky

Sparta, KY (July 18, 2009) Chad McCumbee nearly scored his fifth top-ten of the season finishing eleventh in the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway before a late race altercation dropped the SS Green Light Racing team driver out of the top-ten with just three laps to go.

Chad started in the nineteenth position and patiently waited for the handling of his truck to improve during the early stages of the race. A bold move by the Bobby Dotter led SS Green Light team moved the tiwi Chevy into the lead on lap 36.

Chad was able to hold onto a top-five position for many laps despite having tires with 35 more laps than the leaders before settling into the top-ten for much of the race. Mid-race pitstops jumbled the field and left Chad a lap down to the leaders. Chad restarted 16thh on lap 117 one lap down on the inside of Aric Amirola who was leading. Chad quickly powered the tiwi Chevy past the field and drove away from the pack, running some of the fastest laps of the race.

Caution flew on lap 124 for TJ Bells blown engine, putting Chad at the back of the lead lap. The tiwi No. 07 was sitting 17th with only 23 laps to go when the field restarted and McCumbee made a charge to the front of the field. Chad was up to 12th when another caution for fluid on the track on lap 130 bunched the field again and helped Chad continue moving towards the front.

Following another caution, Chad was sitting ninth when the field restarted with just five laps to go, and he made a bold move up to 6th place. He moved inside of the 15 of Amirola for the fifth position; running side-by side through the corner took the air off of Chad's spoiler and nearly sent the tiwi Chevy into the wall. Chad was then hit from behind by another truck while trying to regain control and lost multiple positions falling all the way out of the top-ten. He began to catch back up in the races final lap settling for 11th when the checkers flew for Ron Hornaday.

"I have to thank tiwi for joining us again this week. They have a great product and I really believe it will help teens learn to drive. McCumbee said. "Bobby and the crew did a great job to get up front for them and with a couple to go I thought we were going to get them a top-five but it just didn't quite work out, it was pretty crazy out there those last few laps. After I nearly spun, we got hit from behind and I lost a bunch of places. I was able to catch back up to the eight there at the end, but I just ran out of time to get back to the top-ten."

"We'll have tiwi on the truck at Chicago in August and again at Las Vegas in September. I really want to get our SS Green Light truck back out in-front of the pack for them again."

McCumbee is 16th in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, the highest of any driver who has not started every race this year. The NCWTS will travel to the O'Reilly Raceway Park just west of Indianapolis on Friday, July 24 for the AAA Insurance 200.

-credit: ssr/glr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Bobby Dotter , Chad McCumbee