Darlington: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * In six starts at the 1.366-mile speedway, Jamie McMurray has three top-10 finishes; two of those finishes in the top five. * McMurray averages a 14.1 starting position and a 16.4 finishing position at Darlington Raceway. * ...

FAST FACTS:

* In six starts at the 1.366-mile speedway, Jamie McMurray has three top-10 finishes; two of those finishes in the top five.

* McMurray averages a 14.1 starting position and a 16.4 finishing position at Darlington Raceway.

* Darlington ranks as McMurray's third best qualifying track, and his fifth-best overall track on the Sprint Cup circuit.

* Pair of Four's -- McMurray's best finishes at Darlington came in Aug. 2003 and Nov. 2004 where he finished fourth in both events.

McMurray on racing at Darlington Raceway:
"Darlington is going to be very interesting this weekend with so many unknowns going into the race. After being resurfaced, tracks are typically very fast, and especially with this new car under us, it's going to be very interesting going there this weekend. The practice time on the track this weekend is going to be so important for both a good and successful race on Saturday night. I know Greg (Biffle) tested at Darlington for Goodyear a couple of times, so we'll have to see what his notes were from the test, and what we can do ahead of time to be prepared for this weekend.

"Darlington has traditionally been a pretty good track for me in the past. Last year we started third in the race, and I've had a few top-10 finishes there as well.

"Last weekend was really tough for the No. 26 Crown Royal team after being wrecked with not many laps left in the race. Hopefully, we can pick up from that and have a clean, safe race this weekend. We've had fast Ford Fusions over the last few weeks, and hopefully that will remain the same this weekend in Darlington."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Darlington Raceway:
"The setup for this weekend's race is going to be so important. There are so many things you don't know how to setup on the car when you race at the track for the first time after it's been paved. We are fortunate the No. 16 team went down there a couple of times for the Goodyear tire test, so we should have some idea of what to expect before we go into the weekend. I think a strong starting spot and some really good track position will be the keys for producing a good finish. Hopefully, if we can just keep our nose clean and have a good race, we'll be there at the end."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray