Chad McCumbee (born October 15, 1984) is an American stock car driver who also has acting experience. He was born in Supply, North Carolina.
McCumbee currently drives the #8 Unsponsored Chevrolet Silverado for MRD Motorsports in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
He is also known for his portrayal of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story.
Like a lot of NASCAR stars, Chad McCumbee started out behind the wheel of a cart at the age of ten.
McCumbee has more than 100 victories in local, regional and national WKA Dirt Series events, all which he accomplished in the five-year span from 1995–2000.
Allison Legacy Series
Chad was also Allison Legacy Series
National and Regional championship along with “Rookie of the Year” in his very first full season in the series in 2001. He also won the 2002 national title becoming the first and so far only 2-time champion of the series
Myrtle Beach Speedway
In 2003, Chad started late model racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway
. McCumbee became the youngest winner at the track.
He finished fourth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series
point standings in 2005, his first full year of competition. He has also won 2 ARCA races in the 2007 season on a limited schedule, April 7
at Nashville Superspeedway
and June 9 at Pocono Raceway
In 22 starts in 2006, McCumbee's best finish was seventh at Nashville Superspeedway
and again at Atlanta Motor Speedway, finishing second in Rookie of the Year
points. During the season, he briefly was a member of Chevrolet
's driver development program
, but his contract was not renewed at the end of the season.
Chad Started the year in the #06 MRD Motorsports truck and then moved over to the #08 Green Light Racing truck after the first 8 races.
Craftsman Truck Series
McCumbee drove first 15 Craftsmen Truck races in the 2007 season, for Green Light Racing. his best finish with Green Light was 13th twice at Daytona and Dover.
On August 14, 2007 Chad left Green Light
Racing, and on the 20th announced he would drive for MRD Motorsports replacing Blake Bjorklund with the GPS Store and Garmain coming with him to sponsor the #8. With The #8 team, Chad scored his first top ten of the year at Las Vegas. McCumbee took the truck to a near upset victory at Texas before spinning his tires on a restart which lead to being wrecked while leading with two laps to go and he finished 13th.
On May 2, 2007 Petty Enterprises announced McCumbee will make his NEXTEL Cup debut, filling in for Kyle Petty while he is in the TNT broadcast booth, for one race at Pocono on June 10, 2007 in the Pocono 500. Goody's Cool Orange Headache Powders sponsored the car. Chad finished 25th in his Nextel Cup debut.
Petty tabbed him again for Michigan in the 3M Performance 400 because of Kyle Petty's broken hand. Clutch problems after a spin and forced the team behind the wall for more than 50 laps resulting in a 41st place finish.
Chad will be in the Team MRD #8 for the full Truck Season and will make Sprint Cup
appearances for Petty Enterprises
during TNT's six race series when Kyle goes into the booth at Dover and Chicagoland. There is also a slim possibility that Chad will also run a part-time Nationwide Series
schedule. McCumbee started the season tying his career best finish (at the time) of 7th at Daytona. Then at the 3rd race of the season at Atlanta, Chad showed a fast truck all race and finished career best (at the time) 5th. After a disappointing battery issuse at Martinsville, McCumbee picked up a 7th place at Kansas. At Lowe's
, McCumbee picked up his career best finish of 2nd place, runner up to Matt Crafton
Chad McCumbee is the top choice for Kyle Petty
's replacement in the 45. A sponsor has not been found for the 2nd full time car.
Other rumors for the 2nd full time car are Scott Riggs and A.J. Allmendinger.
| 2008 Season - Races 1 - 25
|| Behind |
|| Chevy Silverado 250
|| Daytona International Speedway
|| -49 |
|| San Bernardino County 200
|| Auto Club Speedway
|| -110 |
|| American Commercial Lines 200
|| Atlanta Motor Speedway
|| -140 |
|| Kroger 250
|| Martinsville Speedway
|| -163 |
|| O'Reilly Auto Parts 250
|| Kansas Speedway
|| -142 |
|| North Carolina Education Lottery 200
|| Lowe's Motor Speedway
|| -66 |
|| Ohio 250
|| Mansfield Motorsports Park
|| -102 |
|| AAA Insurance 200
|| Dover International Speedway
|| -105 |
|| Sam's Town 400
|| Texas Motor Speedway
|| -126 |
|| Cool City Customs 200
|| Michigan International speedway
|| -108 |
|| Camping World RV Sales 200
|| The Milwaukee Mile
|| -221 |
|| O'Reilly 200
|| Memphis Motorsports Park
|| -228 |
|| Built Ford Tough 225
|| Kentucky Speedway
|| TBA |
- Bold means the current best starting/finishing position