MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 15, 2011) — With six top-10 finishes in the first seven races of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Chad McCumbee and the No. 1 ModSpace Ford look to keep their momentum this Friday in the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS).
McCumbee has surged Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) into fifth place in the ARCA Racing Series standings. A strong showing at the two-mile tri-oval in the scenic Irish Hills of Michigan could continue the team’s drive toward the series championship.
In the aftermath of last Saturday’s fog-shortened race at the Pocono Raceway, the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion team will arrive in Michigan with hopes of improving on the sixth-place finish at Pocono. McCumbee and ABR feel confident their focus on the big picture – the ARCA Racing Series Championship – will continue this with another top-10 finish.
“Our team is very excited to go to Michigan with this momentum,” Andy Belmont said. “We are on a roll! I am going there with great expectations, and looking forward to keeping our streak alive.”
McCumbee has finished no worse than sixth in his last three races.
“At Michigan, we are taking a different car than we had at Pocono Raceway,” McCumbee said. “We are still trying to figure out where we are at with our intermediate track program. I feel like after Michigan we will be in good shape. We learned a lot at Chicago, we learned a lot at Pocono, and I feel we will take what we learn at Michigan to be able to apply and know better where we are at when we go to the next intermediate track.”
The Supply, N.C., native has four prior ARCA Racing Series starts at Michigan. His best finish came in the summer of 2005, qualifying 10th and finishing fifth. In last year’s event he finished 17th.
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, the Michigan International Speedway is a high-banked, multi-grooved raceway. Drivers love the track because it offers as many as four different grooves. Offering more than a majestic landscape, the speedway is also located in the back yard of Detroit-based automaker Ford Motor Company.
McCumbee is looking to represent the manufacturer this weekend and wanting to invite Ford Fusion factory representatives to victory lane with him.
“The momentum from the last three races is strong,” William Mann director of motorsports for ModSpace said. “Chad has proven that he is a true contender in the 2011 ARCA Racing Series Championship. Every time he gets behind the wheel of the No.1 ModSpace Ford you know he is there to win! We look forward to seeing him up front in Michigan!”
“I am really excited to take this car to Michigan,” McCumbee said. “I think we will be in good shape. Our No.1 ModSpace Ford was very fast last time we had this car on the track. I like racing there. The tires wear out well, making the track hot and greasy, and you get a lot of racing. Hopefully, that will play in our favor with us being real good on the long runs.”
ARCA Racing Series track activity at MIS starts on Thursday with practice from 2:30 p.m. ET until 4 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell (All positions / 2 laps) starts at 10 a.m. on Friday. The engines fire up for the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 (100 laps/200miles) at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, with a live SPEED broadcast starting at 5 p.m. Live streaming audio will be featured on the ARCA Racing Network at http://www.arcaracing.com/ www.arcaracing.com.
Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace), based in Berwyn, Pa., is a leading provider of modular buildings, portable storage and services for temporary and permanent space needs. With more than 40 years of experience, ModSpace serves a diverse set of customers and markets through a network of 80 branches throughout the United States and Canada. http://www.modspace.com/ www.modspace.com
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.