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What looked to be a promising finish in the Las Vegas 350 for Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light team ended with a disappointing 16th-place finish.
McCumbee won $11,430 and has won $225,719 this season.
McCumbee was quick during the heat of the day in both of Saturday’s practice sessions, running in the top 10. He qualified TheGPSstore.com No. 07 in the seventh position and things looked good for the SS Green Light team.
The start of the race was delayed by a power failure at the track. Once the race started, McCumbee was able to keep pace and ran in the top 10 until the second caution of the race on lap 23. Crew chief Bobby Dotter called McCumbee to the pits twice for gas and tires. Several drivers elected for only one stop, dropping McCumbee to 18th.
McCumbee took advantage of his new tires and had moved up to 13th until another caution flew for an incident with Max Papis and Ricky Carmichael on lap 36. McCumbee was racing behind the two and narrowly avoided the spinning trucks.
McCumbee had moved forward several more positions until there was debris caution on lap 51. Dotter used some strategy to gain track position by taking gas only, and the plan worked, moving McCumbee to second when the field restarted on lap 54.
McCumbee kept pace with the leaders for many laps until his older tires began to fade. Despite the worn tires, The GPSstore.com Chevy was still competitive, staying within the top 10 as the trucks began to make green-flag stops at lap 105.
Dotter called McCumbee to pit road on lap 110 for gas to make it to the end of the 146-lap race, but McCumbee was penalized for excessive speed entering the pit lane and was assessed a pass-through penalty, which resulted in the team losing two laps to the leaders and dropped the No. 07 18th.
McCumbee was able to pick up two places over the final 20 laps and the GPSstore.com Chevy and eventually finished 16th. Ten trucks finished on the lead lap.
“I want to thank The GPS Store and Garmin for helping us out and allowing us to race here at Las Vegas,” McCumbee said. “I’m sorry we didn’t get them a better finish.”
The NCWTS has a few weeks off before racing Oct. 24 at Martinsville Speedway.