Chad McCumbee earns top-10 for tiwi.com debut in Dover Truck race
DOVER, Del. - May 30, 2009 - Chad McCumbee and the No. 07 tiwi.com Chevrolet had a very successful debut together with a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
Solid pit stops by the Green Light Racing team, patience, timely cautions and great driving were the keys to their success throughout the 200-lap race on the one-mile, concrete oval. By the time the green flag waved at 6 p.m., everyone forgot the race was delayed a day because of rain.
McCumbee started his new association with inthinc and tiwi with a solid fifth-place qualifying effort. From the drop of the green, he would battle an ill-handling truck causing him to fall back in the field waiting for the mandatory caution on lap 45.
However, some of McCumbee's fellow drivers helped out by having problems of their own to bring out the caution earlier. This allowed team owner/crew chief Bobby Dotter to make some great calls for chassis adjustments, tires and fuel.
Once those were made, McCumbee rallied back from 22nd to eighth in less than 15 laps. From there, Dotter and McCumbee kept relaying information back and forth to come up with the perfect combination.
Even contact with another competitor near lap 65 didn't deter their efforts, despite a whole in the front bumper. From the halfway point on, McCumbee never fell out of the top-10 as his black and lime green No. 07 tiwi.com Chevrolet moved from sixth to eighth to fourth to ninth in the running order.
A late race caution left Dotter and McCumbee with two choices for the final lap 190 restart - pit for two right side tires, or stay out. Because they were running some of the fastest lap times during the final 50 laps, the decision was made to pit no matter what anyone else decided. Four of the top-10 contenders stayed out.
When the green flag waved, McCumbee was ninth in the running order. After taking off fast and focused on flying to the front, he picked up two more positions to finish seventh.
He and the No. 07 tiwi.com Chevrolet team remain eighth in driver's points, but are now only four markers out of seventh, 30 from sixth and 140 to first place.
Chad McCumbee, driver: "Wow, what a day - what a week. We weren't even supposed to come to this race until the folks from tiwi and inthinc came on board. I can't even begin to thank them for how they helped this team by coming on board to support our efforts this week.
"As far as the race; we started off really crazy in how the truck was handling. But, leave it to Bobby Dotter to fix things by making the right calls. He is amazing at how he does things and the calls he makes in chassis and tire adjustments and how many tires to take when in incredible. That last stop could have gone either way, but when we saw two leaders have right fronts go down and they hit the wall, we knew we had to pit for two right-side tires.
"We can't afford to tear up a truck, plain and simple. So, pitting for two tires to keep us on the track and running at the finish was very important. The guys did what they had to do on pit road when it counted there at the end and I'm proud of them. "Hopefully, this will keep us going in the right direction and we can remain in the points battle like we are right now.".