FAST FACTS: * Jamie McMurray averages a 16.3 starting position and a 14.8 finishing position at the "Monster Mile." Dover ranks as McMurray's third best track in finishing position on the circuit. * McMurray has recorded one ...
* Jamie McMurray averages a 16.3 starting position and a 14.8 finishing position at the "Monster Mile." Dover ranks as McMurray's third best track in finishing position on the circuit.
* McMurray has recorded one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the one-mile speedway.
* Of the 4004 laps run at Dover International Speedway, McMurray has completed 3987 laps, or 99.6%.
* McMurray has lead 95 laps at the "Monster Mile." This marks McMurray's third best track in laps lead following Charlotte and Talladega.
McMurray on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We should have a pretty good race at Dover this weekend. It's a track that I look forward to racing at. Dover is one of those tracks where if you can stay out of trouble and more importantly on the lead lap, you can typically have a pretty good finish. I've had some good runs at Dover over the last few years, which always gives you more confidence heading into the race. Last fall we did not qualify very well, but were able to make some good calls on pit road, which helped move us up the board. We had a fast car, which we were able to show later in the race.
"Qualifying is very important at Dover. Even with all the talk of track position this year with the new car, Dover is one of those places where it's just better to start your day up front, rather than have to race your way up there. We've qualified well there in past, and hopefully this weekend will be no different for the No. 26 Crown Royal team.
"There are a lot of other things going this weekend as well. We have the annual The Drive for Autism golf tournament which supports Autism Speaks. Artie Kempner (of FOX Sports) does such a good job every year with making the tournament bigger and better. Hopefully, with this weekend being my birthday, we can go out there with a little luck on our side and have a great run in our No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion."
Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Qualifying for this weekend's race is going to be so important. At Dover, if you can qualify well, and stay up front all day, you can put yourself into a great position to win it. On Friday, we'll make sure our car is really good in race trim, and then start working on qualifying. Hopefully, we can put Charlotte behind us, and focus on the upcoming races. We've run well at Dover in the past, and this week, we are testing Pocono, which should help us out when we return there, and then we look forward to both Michigan and Sonoma where Jamie has run really well in the past at both races. Bottom line is we need better finishes. We've had the cars; we just need to show it now."