Loudon: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Team Fast Facts: Paint Scheme: The legendary black and red Texaco/Havoline paint scheme with the "Texaco/Havoline Star" emblazoned on the hood will return to the track this weekend in New Hampshire after a two-week...

Texaco/Havoline Team Fast Facts:

Paint Scheme: The legendary black and red Texaco/Havoline paint scheme with the "Texaco/Havoline Star" emblazoned on the hood will return to the track this weekend in New Hampshire after a two-week hiatus.

Race for the Chase: McMurray and the No. 42 Team dropped one position to eighth in the overall championship standings with their 22nd-place run last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. They are only 40 points out of fifth and 358 out of the lead, still within the 400 needed to make the "The Chase" if outside of the top 10, heading into the 19th race of the season. There are eight races remaining before the cutoff for "The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup".

McMagic Mile Results: In four starts at New Hampshire International Speedway, McMurray has one top-five and three top 10 finishes.

Strong Finisher: McMurray has finished on the lead lap for five consecutives weeks, vaulting him from 13th to eighth in the standings. He finished on the lead lap 16 straight weeks to close out the 2004 season.

Preparing for the Brickyard: McMurray and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Team, along with their Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammates Casey Mears and the No. 41 Target Team spent Monday and Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway testing for the upcoming Allstate 400 at the Brickyard scheduled to take place on Aug. 7.

Driving Autism Awareness: McMurray will host "Driving Autism Awareness: A Night in Nashville," Wed., July 13 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The special fundraising event is part of the Autism Society of America's 36th Annual National Conference and Exposition.

Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline Team will bring chassis #304 to New Hampshire this weekend. This car has been used twice this season at Richmond (10th-place finish) and Dover (26th). This car ran a total of nine times in 2004 recording two top five and four top 10 finishes.

Native New Englanders: Mike Brill, Car Chief of the No. 42, and Mike "Mongo" Bodick, Gas Man/Rear Mechanic, are originally from the New England area. Brill comes from Woodsville, N.H. and has been with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates since Jan. 2002. Bodick is from Norwalk, Conn., and joined the organization in Dec. of '02.

Jamie McMurray on New Hampshire:

"I always look forward to racing at Loudon. We've historically run pretty good there and we typically run good on the flatter tracks. It's really hard to pass there though, so a solid qualifying effort and good track position throughout the race is going to be key in order for us to finish up front."

"We've got ourselves in a good position in the points as we get closer to the cutoff, but we are by no means a lock. We just have to keep doing what we've been doing and even improve upon that. Finishing in the top 10 and on the lead lap these last eight races will make the difference for who gets in and who misses it, especially the teams that are right on the verge of being in or out, including us. I know I've got the team and equipment capable of doing so. We just have to stay focused and also have a little luck."

-cgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing