Darlington: Jamie McMurray preview

McMurray on racing at Darlington Raceway: "When you go to Darlington, you always have to be aware of the 'Darlington stripe' which is the name that we got when cars would scrape the wall and scratch up the paint and decals. We have to run so ...

McMurray on racing at Darlington Raceway:

"When you go to Darlington, you always have to be aware of the 'Darlington stripe' which is the name that we got when cars would scrape the wall and scratch up the paint and decals. We have to run so close to the wall because of the speed we get there. Before they repaved the track, it used to be a pretty rough surface, but last year was the first time we raced on the new track surface and it was very smooth and seemed even a little faster. We had a great finish for our Crown Royal team at Richmond and our goal is to carry that momentum with us as we head into Saturday night's race at Darlington."

Crew chief Donnie Wingo on racing at Darlington Raceway:

"Darlington is just a track that when you go there to race, you know that you're going to scrape the wall at some point over the course of the weekend, but it's just all about how you end up hitting it. If you hit it good and flat, there usually isn't much damage besides just cosmetic, but there are very few cars that will leave Darlington this weekend without a stripe on the side. I like Darlington because it's close to where I grew up and I just really enjoy when we have the chance to race there."

FAST FACTS:

* McMurray and the Crown Royal team are coming off their best finish of the regular season so far with their seventh-place finish at Richmond last weekend

* In his eight career Cup series starts at Darlington, McMurray averages a 15.5 starting position and a 15.8 finishing position

* Darlington Raceway ranks as McMurray's fourth bes qualifying track ont the Sprint Cup circuit

* McMurray's best Cup series finish at Darlington is fourth which he has accomplished twice

* This weekend at Darlington, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

* McMurray has achieved two Top-5 and three Top-10 finishes i his eightn career Sprint Cup series starts at Darlington

* McMurray's mother, Sue, will be on hand this weekend to celebrate Mother's Day weekend

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray