Charlotte: Jamie McMurray preview

McMurray on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "Racing at Charlotte and going from day to night gives us a pretty slick track during the day when the sun is overhead, but as soon as the sun begins to set, we typically get a lot more grip back in...

McMurray on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"Racing at Charlotte and going from day to night gives us a pretty slick track during the day when the sun is overhead, but as soon as the sun begins to set, we typically get a lot more grip back in our cars. This track is very temperature sensitive and as the race progresses into the night, the team that can adjust their car the best, will be up front. This is such a long race that you have to be patient in the early going and remember that you don't need to over adjust your car because you need it to be strong later in the night.

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race we run during the season and it's just become a Memorial Day tradition for all of us. We had a great weekend last week after we raced our way into the All-Star Race. I know that the IRWIN VISE-GRIP team is taking what we learned during the Showdown and the All-Star Race and applying it to Sunday's race, so I'm really looking forward to this weekend."

Crew chief Donnie Wingo on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"The Coca-Cola 600 is a very long race, but I think the biggest challenge is that we start the race during daylight and then finish the race at night under the lights. So our challenge as a team is making sure that we build our car up with enough adjustability because Charlotte is a place that when the sun's out and it's hot, the track is pretty slick and when the sun goes down and it gets cooler, we gain a lot more grip. Racing at Charlotte has a bit more significance to us since we tend to have a lot of family and friends attend these races and you always want to run your best at home in front of them."

FAST FACTS:

* Jamie McMurray returns to the track where he scored his first Sprint Cup Series win. McMurray's win came in only his second start at the Sprint Cup level while filling in for the injured Sterling Marlin

* With 139 laps led under his belt, Charlotte ranks as the track with the most led for McMurray

* McMurray's best Cup series starting position at Charlotte is fifth which he accomplished in 2002 while his best finish came in that same race when he won

* McMurray has achieved three Top-5 finishes and six Top-10 finishes in his 13 career Sprint Cup series starts at Charlotte

* This weekend at Charlotte, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 IRWIN VISE-GRIP Ford Fusion

* Entering the Coca-Cola 600, McMurray is currently 24th in the Sprint Cup driver point standings

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray