Martinsville: Jamie McMurray preview

McMurray on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "Martinsville isn't my best finishing track statistically, but it's always been a good track for me and one that I've consistently been the fastest at. At Martinsville it's really hard to discipline...

McMurray on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"Martinsville isn't my best finishing track statistically, but it's always been a good track for me and one that I've consistently been the fastest at. At Martinsville it's really hard to discipline yourself to wait long enough to get back into the gas on the straightaways, so it's a track that you really seem to focus on developing your rhythm. Compared to larger oval tracks, at Martinsville you feel like you're going so slow that it's hard to make yourself wait long enough to push the gas down. I really love going to Martinsville though; short tracks like Martinsville and the road courses are some of my favorite places to race at during the season."

Crew chief Donnie Wingo on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"The challenge of short tracks like Martinsville is track position. We saw how important it can be after last weekend's race at Bristol. Usually there tend to be a lot of cautions at short tracks since everything happens so quickly, but at Bristol we saw a lot of long green flag runs, which found the leaders lapping the rest of the field. This weekend at Martinsville, we'll once again focus on securing a good starting position so that when Sunday's race comes around, we're with the race leaders and can remain on the lead lap. Jamie (McMurray) really enjoys racing at Martinsville so we look to have that play out in our favor on Sunday afternoon."

FAST FACTS:

* Jamie McMurray has 12 career Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway in which he averages a 13.2 starting position and a 16.9 average finishing position

* McMurray has achieved one Top-5 finish and seven Top-10 finishes at Martinsville

* This weekend at Martinsville, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion

* Martinsville Speedway ranks as McMurray's second best qualifying track on the circuit with an average starting position of 13.2. Sonoma ranks as the best qualifying track for McMurray

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray