Chicagoland: Jamie McMurray preview

In five starts at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, McMurray has produced one top-10 finish. McMurray averages a 27.2 starting position and a 24.0 finishing position at Chicagoland Speedway. Currently, McMurray is 23rd...

In five starts at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, McMurray has produced one top-10 finish.

McMurray averages a 27.2 starting position and a 24.0 finishing position at Chicagoland Speedway.

Currently, McMurray is 23rd in the Sprint Cup point standings.

ESPN ESPY Awards - Last week, McMurray was nominated for a 2008 ESPY Award for Best Finish - his 2007 finish at Daytona International Speedway, where McMurray edged Kyle Busch to line by .005 seconds. Fans may vote at www.espys.tv until July 12th.

Jamie McMurray -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

"I would have to say that Chicagoland is probably one of the toughest tracks for me on the Sprint Cup circuit. I'm not sure exactly why, but it's my Achilles' heel. Other than my first couple visits to the track, I've always seemed to struggle at Chicagoland. I told myself after the race on Saturday in Daytona that all week I wouldn't focus on the past at Chicago, but that I'd go into the track with a fresh outlook on the weekend.

"I know on paper, it doesn't appear that our team has had a very good run here recently, but if you ask me, we've had some of the fastest cars the last few weeks. In Michigan we were really fast, Sonoma we were running second, in Loudon we were good, and last week in Daytona, I thought we had a pretty decent car. This No. 26 Crown Royal team has worked really hard in getting the cars exactly where we need them, but it just seems like we've had some rough finishes. We just need to be there at the end of these races.

"Hopefully we can go to Chicagoland this weekend, stay out of trouble and get a good finish for this No. 26 Crown Royal team."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"I think we have a great car for this weekend's race in Chicago. I know Chicago hasn't been the best track to Jamie over the years, but I'm pretty confident about the race this weekend. This is the same car that we ran well with at Texas. This weekend has a lot of unknowns going in -- this is the first time we've raced at Chicago at night, and also the first time with us running the new car at the track. I'm pretty confident we'll be able to take a lot of the information we learned at Charlotte and Texas and transfer over into this car. This weekend, we just need to get solid track position and stay out of trouble and it should be a good race for the No. 26 team."

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Kyle Busch