About Chad McCumbee
Born and raised in Supply, North Carolina, Chad McCumbee began his racing career in 1995 at just 10 years old. Chad started out on the dirt tracks behind the wheel of a go-kart. He sat on the pole in only his second time out and became a winner shortly there after.
While spending five years in the go-kart ranks, Chad collected nearly 100 wins including national, regional and local events. His record includes three track championships in various tracks through out the Carolinas.
After his foray into go-karts next for McCumbee was the Allison Legacy Series. He was able to take away the National and Regional championship along with “Rookie of the Year” in his very first full season in the series in 2001. He backed up that championship the following year as he brought home his second National Championship, becoming the first and only driver to earn and repeat multiple championships in the Allison Legacy Series history.
In 2003 Chad entered the world of Late Models as he began his rookie season at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the Late Model Stock Division. There he was able to become the youngest rookie to ever bring home a victory, an impressive feat among the many veterans that race weekly at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
2004 brought McCumbee into the world of the ARCA RE/MAX Series as he made his first start at Michigan International Speedway that year while continuing to run some local late model events. Also, during the 2004 season Chad was tapped to play the role of Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the ESPN movie “3”, an experience that utilized his driving abilities as well as his acting skills.
Chad followed that up by competing in the ARCA series full time in 2005 and was able to finish fourth in points as well as fourth in the rookie standings.
2006 was a breakout year for the young McCumbee. While competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series full time and posting results that include nine top-15’s and a 17th place standing in the final points. He additionally competed in select ARCA RE/MAX race, bringing home a top-three finish at Pocono Raceway.
2007 had McCumbee returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the No. 08 theGPSstore.com / Garmin Chevrolet. He ran 22 of the 25 races in his first full year in the Truck Series In addition to his full time Camping World Truck Schedule, McCumbee ran in select ARCA RE/MAX Series races, bringing home two victories in the 2007 season, coming at Nashville Superspeedway and Pocono Raceway, which marked his first start with Petty Enterprises.
2007 also marked the year that Chad McCumbee made his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut. As an up and coming driver with Petty Enterprises, McCumbee made his Nextel Cup debut at Pocono Raceway in the No. 45 machine, the day after his Pocono ARCA RE/MAX Series victory. The event was shortened due to rain but the young driver was able to bring home a solid finish as he proved to the world that he has the ability to compete with the best in the most elite levels of auto racing.
2008 was an extension of McCumbee’s already established success. He continued in the Camping World Truck Series to finish 11th in the points standings holding his ground among the some of the series most seasoned veterans. In addition, McCumbee notably scored his best ever finish in the Camping World Trick Series finishing second at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (NC) – an accomplished any driver would be proud of. In all McCumbee logged eight top 10 finishes in 2008, including a pair of top five’s. McCumbee also continued to gain experience in the Sprint Cup Series by making six starts for Petty Enterprises. The short campaign was highlighted by a 17th place run at Pocono Raceway (PA) in June.
In a limited 2009 schedule, agian in the Camping World Truck Series, McCumbee impressed. In 19 events Chad aquired 9 top-10 starts and and 11 top-15 finishes. He finished the final three races of the season with an impressive anerage start of 4th.
Chad made his first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2010 but suffered from a string of bad luck early in the season. McCumbee was tapped by Andy Belmont Racing and ModSpace Motorsports to finish the season in the ARCA Racing Series. Chad helped butld the program to finish the season off with 5 strait top-10 finishes. In October Chad was hired to drive for TRG Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Spuperspeedway. He both quailified and finished a respectable 22nd.
2011 was a very successful year in the ARCA Racing Series after continuing his relationship with ABR and ModSpace Motorsports. On his way to winning the the Bill France Four Crown Chamionship Chad garnered 11 top-10 starts and 14 top-10 finishes. He also won the coveted Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at Springfield Fairgrounds!
A change of pace came in 2012 when Chad was hired by LA Angels pitcher CJ Wilson to drive for his team in the Grand-Am Road Racing Series. In his first experience with road racing, McCumbee surprised with qualifying his Mazda in the top-10 4 out of the 10 events.
In 2014, Stevan McAleer joined McCumbee as a co-driver of the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenege (CTSCC) ModSpace Mazda MX-5. From this time until 2015, Chad grabbed 3 pole positions, 7 podiums, 15 top-10 finishes, won at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park, and also reached the peak of success in the series by winning the 2015 IMSA CTSCC championship.
Chad McCumbee's success continues in 2016 as he and co-driver, Stevan McAleer, make the transition to racing for Freedom Autosport within IMSA CTSCC. While the season has not even reached its halfway point, McCumbee and McAleer have already secured a victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and look to be a championship threat for the second year in a row.