Daytona II: McMurray post-race interview

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Home 123/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- Finished 2nd, moved up 3 spots to 7th in standings "We've raced well here. We just seem to always get caught up in a wreck. We didn't tonight partly because we were up front most of...

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Home 123/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- Finished 2nd, moved up 3 spots to 7th in standings

"We've raced well here. We just seem to always get caught up in a wreck. We didn't tonight partly because we were up front most of the night. We had a good handling car. We actually never made an adjustment the whole race. I told them if I don't spin out we'll race well. I knew something was wrong (with the tires on one run). If it's real bad they tell me, but if it's just a little bit they tell me it's fine. The car got real tight and then it'd get real loose. I wanted to pit when the 38 pitted. This is really big for us because the speedway races are the ones we thought we'd struggle at. We've got two top fives now at speedway events. That's awesome. At Bristol and Martinsville where we run in the top five usually we got 30th and just got it back here."

"I was lagging back at the end. He (Stewart) was just pulling away. He had a very fast car and it handled well, too. I thought when he got back in the back he'd get tight, but his car was super dominant tonight."

"I didn't really know I was the guilty victim of the deal. I waved when I was going down the backstretch that I was going to pit. We were on a different pit sequence than a lot of the cars were. I saw the 24 was coming in and I told them I was coming in with Jeff. My car was still loose on old tires. I had to have both hands on the wheel going through the corners. Typically you wave all around the corner, but I had both hands on the steering wheel and I couldn't even look in my mirror. I was focused on getting around there and not running into Jeff and staying as close as I could to him. I didn't really know there was an issue there. We were really low on the racetrack. Honestly I didn't know there was anyone behind me."

"I'm the one who pushed him (Stewart) on the four-way pass. You see a car that's led the majority of the race and you have a few to choose from and you choose him. I knew Tony was really fast, and I like to run up high. I hate it when you have to run right on the bottom of the racetrack. I like it when you can run in the middle and get a good run up off the corner. I saw Tony pull out there, and he had a good car, so I gave him a shove."

"When you run well it makes you feel better. When we get back to the mile and a half tracks I think you'll see the Roush and Hendrick cars run really well again. This is a completely different type of racing than the Roush and Hendrick cars have been dominant at all year. Obviously Chicago has been a really good track for me and we feel like we learn every week on the aero side trying to catch up to those cars. We've cut the whole front end off again, and we're going to try something completely different that they feel will be better. I like going to Chicago and any time we run well it seems to make the next week better for you."

"I thought it was great (impound rule at Daytona). The teams work so hard. They have to change hubs and brakes and so much stuff. It's pointless because the same cars are going to qualify well and most of the time it doesn't matter. I think this is the most important place to do it because it saves a lot of time and work."

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