ModSpace No.1 Ford Looking to Heat Up the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 31, 2011) — The Chicago Bears, Bulls and Cubs have their big games in Chicago, and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’s local presence is located 40 miles southwest of downtown in Joliet.
As the summer heats up, Chad McCumbee and the No.1 ModSpace Ford for Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) is getting ready for his own big game – Saturday night’s Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway.
“Our goal is to maximize all we can get this weekend,” McCumbee said. “We are going to approach Chicagoland Speedway like any other weekend we have be approaching this season. Hopefully now that we have a top-five finish under our belts, repeating that performance will come easier. I want to keep that momentum rolling and that is what it takes to win a championship.”
McCumbee qualified seventh in last year’s race, but a crash on the sixth lap resulted in a disappointing 33rd-place finish. The NASCAR veteran was able to notch a seventh-place finish in 2005 after qualifying second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and hopes to use that as experience to build on for a possible trip to Victory Lane this Saturday as well as to continue building momentum for the rest of the season.
As the ARCA Racing schedule hits the first intermediate track of the season Saturday, the ABR team has prepared a Roush chassis nicknamed “Barney” for the 100-lap event.
Based on past qualifying performances at the track located south of the “Windy City,” team manager Andy Belmont says he likes his team’s chances heading into the sixth stop on the ARCA Racing Series schedule.
“We feel like our team has some unfinished business at Chicagoland Speedway,” Belmont said. “We were pretty good last year, but we got taken out in an early race incident. Now, we are looking for redemption with our car Barney.”
In preparation for his third career start in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway, Memorial Day Weekend was not an off-weekend for the series regular McCumbee. The Supply, N.C. native raced in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup event at Lime Rock Park as part of the Grand-Am Road Racing Series Memorial Day Classic. Making his debut in the No. 29 ModSpace/Mazda MX-5, McCumbee finished eighth on Saturday and fifth on Monday in his first weekend of MX-5 Cup competition.
““ModSpace is excited to see Chad McCumbee back on a speedway after his podium finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park,” William Mann, the director of motorsports for ModSpace said. “Andy Belmont Racing and the No.1 ModSpace Ford team continue to work hard and are getting great results.”
“We are going back to this track with a lot of confidence,” McCumbee said. “Hopefully we can open up our intermediate (track) program with a good finish.”
McCumbee enters Saturday night’s Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 at Chicagoland Speedway fifth in the standings and 185 points out of the lead. With four top-10 finishes this season, including a top-five at the ModSpace 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park with a third-place finish, McCumbee is looking to continue the growing momentum.
The Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 gets underway at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday with live coverage provided by SPEED. The ARCA Racing Network will cover all the on-track activity for the ARCA Racing Series with live streaming audio and scoring of practice, and qualifying at http://arcaracing.com/ ARCAracing.com.
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About Andy Belmont Racing:
Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) is a competitive and respected motorsports operation who fields race cars in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Truck Series, the NASCAR East Series and the USARacing Pro Cup Series. ABR has been serving the motorsports community and winning for nearly 25 years. http://www.andybelmont.com/ www.AndyBelmont.com