(MOORESVILLE, N.C. - September 7, 2011) - Neither a misfiring ignition box nor the surrounding mayhem could keep Chad McCumbee from delivering ModSpace and Andy Belmont Racing another impressive top-10 finish on Monday in the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Auto Parts at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
The driver of the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion was forced to give up his ninth-place starting spot when the team decided to change the ignition box as a precautionary measure before the 100-lap race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Despite dropping back to 34th before the race, McCumbee rallied for a seventh-place finish that helped him improve to fifth place in the championship driver standings.
“We passed a lot of cars today – more than anyone else,” McCumbee said. “To go from 34th to seventh says a lot about this Andy Belmont Racing team. It’s a shame the race was only 104 laps. If we had more time, we probably would have gotten a top-five finish.”
McCumbee won the other dirt-track race on the ARCA Racing Series schedule last month at Springfield, Ill. Monday’s race was just as impressive.
“I think we had a top-three car,” team owner Jennifer Belmont said. “There was a lot of aggressive driving going on in the pack and Chad raced everyone else very clean to get through it. He probably could have gotten into the top five if he got rough with some of the other drivers, but that’s not our style.
“We brought our ModSpace Ford home in one piece. We passed more cars than anyone else and we moved up one spot in the standings. All in all, a very good day for everyone associated with this race team.”
McCumbee will try to take ABR and ModSpace back to Victory Lane in search of the prestigious Bill France Four Crown award at Salem Speedway Sept. 17 at the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care.