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Chad McCumbee finished third in the ARCA racing series’ ModSpace 150 Sunday in Millville, N.J.
McCumbee, driving the No. 1 ModSpace Ford, started fifth on the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park and moved into second on the first lap. He ran in the top five all day and finished third after making a pass on the final lap of the event sponsored by his car sponsor.
This was McCumbee’s third straight top-10 finish and his first top-five in his second stint with Andy Belmont Racing, which began last April.
“That’s what you’ve got to do,” McCumbee told arcaracing.com. “When it’s time to step up, you’ve got to step up. I’m just pumped because it’s a road course, and we got our first podium for the length of time we’ve been with Andy Belmont Racing.
“The guys are doing a great job and we’re getting fast cars every week, but this is different. It’s more on me this week to make sure I was prepared, and to be in the top five is so special. I’m not a road racer, so this was a challenge for me. Everybody was able to step up and we got this finish.”
“We tested a bunch and brought the best car we could,” Belmont said, “and that kid (McCumbee) is just phenomenal. I can’t say enough about him, the crew. I’m thrilled. You know, I'm not usually short on words, but I’m ready to sit down and cry.”
“I’ve got to thank ModSpace for helping out on this event. It’s great to have a partner that is that involved in racing and involved in seeing you succeed.”
This was the fifth race of the season, and McCumbee entered the race sixth in points. The next race is June 4, the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. SPEED will televise the race at 6 p.m.