Belmont "Overwhelmed" by Winning Four Crown

Belmont "Overwhelmed" by Winning Four Crown

(TOLEDO, Ohio - September 19, 2011) - Moments before accepting a plaque honoring driver Chad McCumbee and his team as the 2011 Bill France Four Crown Award champions, team owner Andy Belmont spoke with reverence for the award's namesake.

"It's a little bit numbing, I'll admit," said Belmont, who owns Andy Belmont Racing jointly with wife Jennifer. "It's a little overwhelming for me. Bill France is responsible for all that we do. He's the father of organized stock car racing, and we in the ARCA Racing Series benefit from all that NASCAR has done because of Bill France. Because of Bill France, I get to make a living playing race car. I'm just overwhelmed. I don't think I can state how important this is to me. We never ever had a shot at it before."

McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace Ford) delivered the Four Crown title to the team with a win at Springfield, third place at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a seventh-place result at Michigan, and finally, a ninth-place run in Saturday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at Salem Speedway.

He finished the four-race stretch with 715 in-race points - not including qualifying or lap leader bonuses - to place himself just ahead of Tim George Jr. (690), Frank Kimmel (685), Chris Buescher (675), and Ty Dillon (670). The award pays $3000 at the year-ending ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship banquet in Covington, Ky.

Belmont lamented the team's struggles in falling off the lead lap Saturday, but kept his focus on the importance of winning the season-within-a-season title.mccumbeecarsalem11.jpg

"It wasn't our best day; that's for sure," he said. "We had really hoped for a top-five. Something's wrong on the car and we have to find out what it is. All things being stated, we'll take what we can get and be thankful that fortune went our way. Nothing fell off and we were rolling at the end. That's the main thing. It's pretty overwhelming, really. You want to win every week, but to me, this award is as important as winning an overall points championship. A win, a third, an eighth, and a ninth, we obviously scored the most points, and it's what you're supposed to do. It's what we get paid to do."

McCumbee felt the same way despite the immediate disappointment from the race, choosing instead to celebrate consistency.

"I'm tickled to death for everybody at Andy Belmont Racing and ModSpace Motorsports," he said. "This has been a big year for all of them, and to get Andy to Victory Lane and win this Four Crown championship for him, that's big. I'm glad I was able to do it for him, and I'm glad he gave me the opportunity just to be able to do that. I hope we'll see more big things to come."