Dover: McMurray - Ford Friday interview

Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion, is in 12th place in the standings heading into this weekend's event at Dover. A year ago in this event, McMurray led 95 laps before finishing second to teammate Matt Kenseth. JAMIE...

Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion, is in 12th place in the standings heading into this weekend's event at Dover. A year ago in this event, McMurray led 95 laps before finishing second to teammate Matt Kenseth.

JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

WHAT TYPE OF RACING YOU EXPECT THIS WEEKEND WITH THE CAR OF TOMORROW AT DOVER? "Well, after what we went through last weekend -- I mean, Charlotte's race track was pretty good last weekend, it was just hard to race. So, just being in the Busch car this morning, it's amazing the amount of grip the track has. Dover is known for getting really wide. So, I think it'll be fine this weekend. The Car of Tomorrow has different challenges, but it seems like each weekend the guys are able to make the cars drive okay, and Dover is a wide race track."

HOW IMPORTANT IS QUALIFYING AT DOVER? "I don't know. I went a lap down last year and then led [almost] 100 laps -- Matt beat me at the end. It's tough to get by the lapped traffic here -- that's the one thing whenever I think of Dover, and you start 10th there's always all those guys lined up on the inside and it's hard to get by them."

ON THE PAINT SCHEME. "It's obviously special to me because the Jamie McMurray Foundation supports autism. Artie Kempner from Fox has just been incredible at coming up with ideas of ways we can create more awareness for autism. With it being the Autism Speaks 400 this weekend, Crown Royal stepped in and we built a special fire suit, a special helmet, a special paint scheme and we're actually going to auction off the helmet and driver's suit on SpeedTV.com for a fan to buy and donate that money to the foundation and create more money for autistic families and create awareness."

ON WHERE HE IS IN THE POINTS STANDINGS RIGHT NOW. "I hadn't really paid attention to the points until I saw Dale Jr. get fined 100 points, and I wanted to see how that affected me. Other than that, you kind of look at that , but there's a lot of racing left, and we're getting ready to get into a stretch here where it's super-important just to be consistent. A lot of my favorite tracks are coming up, so I'm looking forward the next four or five weeks."

THOUGHTS ON RACING HERE AFTER SUCH A STRONG SHOWING IN LAST YEAR'S RACE. "Dover, I don't know if it's one of my favorite tracks, but it seems to me the guys are either really fast here, so if you miss it a little bit you're junk. So, you just hope that you can hit the set-up, and if you know you're getting to get a long run -- it's just really easy to go a lap down. I went a lap down here last year, and then came back and had a car to beat at the end. So, track position is important, but you just have to keep adjusting on your car all day long. The track changes a lot."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jamie McMurray