by: Willie Whitewall


Sitting fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points has paid off for Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team as Blacks Tire & Auto Service Centers have come aboard to support the teams #07 for Saturday afternoons Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway as the team makes it’s 200th consecutive NCWTS start.

Due to limited sponsorship, McCumbee and the SS Green Light team had not planned to come to the seasons first short-track event when the original 2009 race schedule was laid-out but third and sixth place finishes at California and Atlanta boosted the team to fifth in the standings and the team went to work to keep the early season success rolling. With Blacks Tire & Auto Service coming aboard the team now has the necessary resources to compete in this weekend’s Kroger 250. “Up until a few days ago, we were not even sure if we were going to make the trip to Martinsville, but thanks to the support of Ricky Benton and the over thirty Blacks Tire & Auto Service locations we will be able to race,” Said McCumbee.

Blacks Tire & Auto Service has supported grass roots racing in the Carolina’s for many years. “They helped me with my Late Models at Myrtle Beach Speedway a few years back. Blacks Tire has been involved in the USARacing Series and they going to the presenting sponsor of the ARCA Carolina 200 at Rockingham next month so they understand how motorsports marketing can positively impact their business. I’m really proud to represent them this weekend in the Camping World Truck Series,” McCumbee explained. “I’ve always been a customer of Blacks Tire, it’s the only place I take my personal vehicles.”

Co-owner and crew chief Bobby Dotter is proud to see team’s consecutive race streak continue to 200 races. “I wouldn’t have thought back in 2001 at Daytona that SS Green Light Racing would not miss a race for eight years, I think I finished fourteenth that day. I hope we can give Blacks Tire a finish better than that for helping us keep the streak alive.”

Fellow co-owner Ken Smith is thankful for the support from Blacks Tire & Auto Service as he continues to search for the funding to run the full twenty-five-race NCWTS schedule. “Its fantastic that people who have supported Chad in the past are willing to come aboard to help us keep the SS Green Light team rolling this year,” said Smith. “Its that kind of loyalty and business mentality that we strive for in our partners. I’m pleased to have Blacks Tire on-board and I’m sure Chad, Bobby and the entire team will give their best effort for them.”

  • This will be the Chad’s 75th NCWTS start and 83rd career NASCAR start.
  • Chad has competed at Martinsville Speedway in the NCWTS on five previous occasions.
  • Chad finished 25th driving for Petty Enterprises in Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil #45 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville in the TUMS QuikPak 500.
  • Chad’s career best finish in the NCWTS was 2nd in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowes Motor Speedway on May 16, 2008.
  • After three events, Chad and the SS Green Light #07 team is currently 5th in NCWTS point standings, the highest position in the team’s eight-year history.

Chad’s thoughts on the Martinsville Speedway and the Kroger 250: “I’ve had a couple of pretty good runs at Martinsville in the past, but I don’t have a whole lot to show for it. We got wrecked while running in the top-five when I was here with Bobby back in 2007 so I kind of feel like this place owes us something. With the momentum we have over the last two races, I think we are in position to get a good finish for Blacks Tire and keep this SS Green Light Racing Chevy in the top five in points.”

Black’s Tire & Auto Service was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Whiteville, NC. Black’s Tire Service operates 31 retail/commercial locations throughout the Carolinas and a wholesale division (BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors) with two distribution centers in Whiteville, NC and Charlotte, NC. The company is family-owned and is committed to friendly service and is highly consumer focused. For more information about Blacks Tire & Auto Service visit

The Kroger 250 will be shown live on FOX TV at 2:00 eastern on March 28th. It will also be broadcast live via radio worldwide on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and on SIRIUS Satellite Radio NASCAR channel 128.

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