McCumbee Taking Part in Driver Evaluation at Nashville

10-09-2006 | TruckSeries.com Report

McCumbee Taking Part in Driver Evaluation at Nashville

Chad McCumbee (David M. Vaughn Photo)

The third and final stage of GM Racing's Development Driver Evaluation Program is scheduled next Tuesday and Wednesday at Nashville Superspeedway.

The program places a group of young drivers in a controlled environment to give Chevrolet NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series racing teams the opportunity to meet the drivers and observe their on-track skills.

Sixteen drivers with a wide variety of racing backgrounds were invited to participate in the first two stages of the program; Jeffrey Earnhardt (Grandson of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt), Chase Austin, Colin Braun, Landon Cassill, Jeremy Clements, Marc Davis, Jay Gerst, Drew Herring, Woody Howard, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Joey Lagano, Tim McCreadie, Chad McCumbee, Josh Richards, Jason Sarvis and Kody Swanson.

"Unlike other programs of this nature, there are no winners or losers," explained Pat Suhy, NASCAR program manager for GM Racing. "Our program provides opportunities for both the drivers and the teams to connect if an opening exists in someone's driver roster.

"This evaluation program is designed to allow these drivers the opportunity to showcase their talent and adaptability in equal cars in a controlled environment."

The first stage was Sept. 12-13 on the .455-mile asphalt oval at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, N.C., using Busch cars prepared by Richard Childress Racing. Veteran driver Ron Hornaday Jr. set the baseline of the cars on that track and was on hand to answer questions and coach the drivers.

Stage two was Sept. 19-20 on the one-third mile banked clay track at the Dale McDowell Dirt School at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Ga. McDowell, a veteran dirt late-model driver, set up three different dirt track cars for the youngsters to test.

With more than 1,000 laps completed by the competitors on each of those tracks, there were no serious incidents.

"It is quite amazing to see so many talented, young drivers in one place at one time," said Alba Colon, GM Racing program manager for Nextel Cup. "This is exciting for all of us at GM Racing to see the future prospects for our teams and our program look so bright."

The drivers will be back in RCR-prepared Busch cars at the Nashville track.

Drivers will include:

Jeffrey Earnhardt - Grandson of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt.
Chase Austin
Colin Braun
Landon Cassill
Jeremy Clements
Marc Davis
Jay Gerst
Drew Herring
Woody Howard
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Joey Lagano
Tim McCreadie
Chad McCumbee
Josh Richards
Jason Sarvis
Kody Swanson

Additional Bio Information:

Driver:

Landon Cassill

Landon Cassill
(Team PR Photo)

Driver: Landon Cassill
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1989
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Launched career in Go Kart
  • Stepped up to Legends Cars and Modifieds
  • Moved to pavement Late Models at 15 years old
  • Competes in ASA, ASLMS and USAR ProCup.

 

 

Jeremy Clements

Jeremy Clements
(Team PR Photo)

Driver: Jeremy Clements
Date of Birth:
January 16, 1985 - Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

  • Began Go Kart racing at 7 years old
  • Moved to Modified Four-Cylinders and Limited Late Models on dirt
  • Progressed to Super Late Models on dir
  • Made the move to asphalt Late Models
  • Competed in ARCA Re/Max and NASCAR Busch Series
  • Builds racing engines

Marc Davis

Marc Davis
(Team PR Photo)

Driver: Marc Davis
Date of Birth: June 23, 1990
Hometown: Mitchellville, MD

  • Began racing BMX bicycles at 6 years old
    At 8 years old moved to Quarter Midgets and Junior Dragsters
  • Moved to Legends Cars in Dirt Young Lion Division and Road Course Young Lion Division - only driver to win both divisions championships in one year
  • Moved to own teams in Florida FASTkids/Fastrucks Series and South Boston Limited Late Models
  • Currently competes in Limited Late Model at Hickory Motor Speedway

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Jeffrey Earnhardt
(Team PR Photo)

Driver: Jeffrey Earnhardt
Date of Birth:
June 22, 1989
Hometown: Mooresville, NC

  • Started competing at Wythe Raceway in Hornet and Super Stocks on dirt
  • Moved to Limited Late Model class at Motor Mile Speedway
  • Son of Kerry Earnhardt, grandson of late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Drew Herring

Drew Herring
(Team PR Photo)

 

Driver: Drew Herring
Date of Birth:
May 5, 1987
Hometown: Benson, NC

  • Started career in Bandoleros at Lowe's (NC) Motor Speedway
  • Moved to Allison Legacy Series in 2001
  • Jumped to asphalt Late Models in 2002
  • Currently leads point standings in Late Models at South Boston (VA) Speedway

Woody Howard

Woody Howard
(Team PR Photo)

 

Driver: Woody Howard
Date of Birth:
September 9, 1981
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

  • Began racing in Go Karts at 8 years old
  • Moved to Legends Cars at 16 years of age
  • Started competing in Late Model Stock Cars in 2000
  • Won USAR ProCup Northern Division and National Rookie of the Year in 2005
  • Competes full-time in USAR ProCup

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay
(Team PR Photo)

 

Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay
Date of Birth:
December 17. 1980
Hometown: Dallas, TX

  • 1998 - 1996 - Nine Time WKA / FIA National Series Champion / Three Time Grand National Champion
  • 1999-2001 - Formula and Pro Barber Dodge Series
  • Moved to Formula Toyota Atlantic; won championship
  • Ran first Champ Car World Series race; won Surfer's Paradise, Australia
  • Has two Champ Car victories

 

Joey Logano

Joey Logano
(Team PR Photo)

 

Driver: Joey Logano
Date of Birth:
May 24, 1990
Hometown: Middleton, CT

  • Started racing at 6 years old in Quarter Midgets; won national championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999
  • At 9 years old began competing in Bandoleros; won Pro National Championship at 12 years old
  • Moved to Late Model Stock Cars at 13 years old
  • At 14 years old competed full times in ASA National Touring Series and ASA Late Model Series
  • Started competing full-time in USAR ProCup at 15 years old; became youngest driver to score ProCup victory

 

Tim McCreadie

Tim McCreadie (Team PR Photo)

 

Driver: Tim McCreadie
Date of Birth:
  April 12, 1974
Hometown: Watertown, NY

  • Began racing at 13 years old in Go Karts on dirt and asphalt
  • Moved to 358 Dirt Modifieds in 1996 then to Big Block Division of DIRT Modifieds in 1997
  • Has over 60 DIRT Modified wins
  • Since 2004 has competed full-time in World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series
  • Currently leads 2006 WoO Dirt Late Model point standings
  • Winner 2006 Chili Bowl indoor midget car race

 

Jason Sarvis

Jason Sarvis (Team PR Photo)

 

Driver: Jason Sarvis
Date of Birth:
  December 26, 1975
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Started racing Go Karts at 13 years old
  • Competed at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway starting in Four Cylinder Division in 1995
  • Moved to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock Cars in 1999
  • Jumped to USAR ProCup in 2000
  • Won USAR ProCup National Championship in 2002
  • Competes full-time in USAR ProCup