McMurray - Ford interview 2009-03-24

This Week in Ford Racing The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to a short track for the second straight week as Martinsville Speedway prepares to host the first of its two events on Sunday afternoon. Ford driverJamie McMurray talked about...

This Week in Ford Racing

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to a short track for the second straight week as Martinsville Speedway prepares to host the first of its two events on Sunday afternoon. Ford driverJamie McMurray talked about the half-mile track, which is one of the oldest on the tour.

JAMIE MCMURRAY - No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

YOU AND SHORT TRACKS SEEM TO AGREE WITH EACH OTHER. "That hasn't been maybe my best finishing track every time, but it's probably been the track I've been the fastest at. The first time there I think I ran like third or fourth and it's always been a really good place for me."

BRISTOL REPAVED AND IT WENT FROM A ONE-GROOVE TO A TWO-GROOVE TRACK. MARTINSVILLE HAS KIND OF THE SAME CHARACTERISTIC NOW WHERE YOU CAN RUN SIDE- BY-SIDE. DO YOU LIKE THE STYLE OF RACING THERE? "Martinsville really is not any different than it has been. I don't know why we can run side-by- side now. They ground it, but that didn't really make that change; it just seems like the more competitive the cars get, the harder it is to complete the pass. You can kind of get beside the guy, but it's hard to really make the pass all the way through. I really love going there. Martinsville and the road courses are probably the two I look forward to the most."

DOES THE MARTINSVILLE LAYOUT MAKE IT MORE OF A RHYTHM TRACK THAN OTHER OVALS? "Probably. At Martinsville it's just really hard to discipline yourself to wait long enough to get back to the gas. You're going so slow that it's just really hard to make yourself wait long enough to push the gas down."

DO YOU WISH THERE WERE MORE SHORT-TRACK RACES? "No, I'm pretty content. I wish we had a couple more road courses, but I think it's fine. We go to all those places twice, so it works out to be six short tracks and I think that's good."

WE SEE GUYS GET SPUN OUT AT MARTINSVILLE EARLY ON AND MAYBE GO A LAP OR TWO DOWN, BUT THEY RECOVER TO HAVE GOOD DAYS. IT'S A LONG RACE, SO IS PATIENCE AND NEVER GIVING UP A BIG PART OF RACE DAY? "They have so many cautions there that it works out to if you do get a lap down it's not that big of a deal. I got spun out there running something like third last year and went all the way to the back and then the way the pit strategy worked out I was leading another 20 laps later, so you don't give up at any of these places. It doesn't matter whether you're at Charlotte or Martinsville or a road course, you just go, go, go."

-credit: ford racing

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