Bristol II: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Chassis ...

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Chassis #214: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #214 to compete in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the same car McMurray finished eighth with in the spring at Bristol.

* The Chase is On: McMurray heads into Bristol sitting 15th in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points, but is only 70 points out of the NASCAR Top 10 and the Chase for the Championship. The Joplin, Mo. native has posted five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes through the first 23 races of the 2004 season. McMurray heads into Bristol coming off a strong fourth-place finish last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

* Double Duty: McMurray will be pulling double duty this weekend as he will pilot the No. 66 Dodge in Friday night's NASCAR Busch Series race before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge for Saturday night's Sharpie 500.

* Bristol Notes: After qualifying sixth in the spring, McMurray was running in the top five before an altercation with Matt Kenseth in the closing laps placed the Texaco/Havoline Dodge eighth at the finish line. In three NEXTEL Cup starts at Bristol, McMurray has posted one top-five, two top-10 and three top-15 finishes and has completed 1,499 laps out of a total of 1,500 laps.

* Autism Awareness: As a result of McMurray leading a handful of laps last weekend in Michigan, he was able to add to his "Drive for a Cure" awareness total. To date, $19,908 has been raised for the Autism Society of America.

Jamie McMurray Quotes:

Bristol Thoughts: "This is going to be a crucial weekend for us. We were able to gain a little ground on the top 10 in points last weekend at Michigan, but we need to be able to come out of Bristol with a strong finish. It'll be interesting to see what happens at Bristol this week. We've got three to go to make the top 10 and when one of those three is Bristol, anything could happen. This weekend could definitely alter how the top 10 in points looks. I just hope this Texaco/Havoline team is one of ones that is able to take advantage of the breaks of short-track racing. We've been very successful in having strong cars at Bristol and being able to avoid the wrecks. If we can keep that up this weekend, we'll be in good shape."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jamie McMurray