Chad McCumbee Has Good Momentum Heading To Phoenix Craftsman Truck Rookie Finishes Solidly at Texas Track MOORESVILLE, NC (November 7, 2006) -- As the season goes on, the accolades keep piling up for young Chad McCumbee. He headed to...
Chad McCumbee Has Good Momentum Heading To Phoenix
Craftsman Truck Rookie Finishes Solidly at Texas Track
MOORESVILLE, NC (November 7, 2006) -- As the season goes on, the accolades keep piling up for young Chad McCumbee. He headed to Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend fresh off a solid finish at Texas' sister track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. The momentum from his seventh-place finish at Atlanta carried through to Texas, and after wrapping up a 13th-place finish, McCumbee is now ready to carry on that same momentum to Phoenix International Raceway.
"It was a really good run for us," said McCumbee. "Two weeks in a row at the same type of track. We knew that we were going to have pretty strong trucks for both events and we did. We didn't get the finish we wanted at Texas because we had a brake problem there, but we had a good outing with the GPSStore.com/Garmin Chevrolet.
"Seventeenth was a little bit better qualifying run than we typically have. It actually had me a little bit worried, because we usually don't qualify that well and then we run really well in the race. And this weekend we qualified well, and we raced well."
When bad luck strikes and a team can still go on to finish in the top-15, that says a lot about the organization and its team members.
"We had a really tough weekend going through practice and everything. We had a bunch of crazy issues that was really nothing but a bunch of bad luck. We turned it around, and I really felt like we had a top-five truck most of the night, and if that last caution wouldn't have came out, we easily would have had a top-ten. And if we didn't have those brake problems, who knows what we could have done."
Next up for McCumbee and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is Phoenix International Raceway. Next weekend's visit will be the first for the young driver, as he will try and learn his way around the flat track for the first time when he goes there to practice.
"We have struggled at the flatter tracks this year, but I feel like we have really started to find something that I like on that style track the last couple of them that we have been to. We are really headed in the right direction, and we are going to Phoenix with what we think will start out well and finish well. We just have to test a few things the rest of this year and be ready for next year so that we can really be competitive and have a shot at winning some races.
"I have never been to either of the last two racetracks, Phoenix or Homestead," added McCumbee. "Actually, it will be my first time visiting both of these tracks, so it should be pretty interesting as the final two races wind down, and we will see how it goes. I am looking forward to it, but with all of the momentum we have had the last few weeks, I think it is going to pour into next week."