Michigan II: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Team Fast Facts: * Race for the Chase: Jamie McMurray and the No. 42 Team moved up two positions to ninth in the standings for the 2005 "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" after their 13th-place finish in the last event at Watkins ...

Texaco/Havoline Team Fast Facts:

* Race for the Chase: Jamie McMurray and the No. 42 Team moved up two positions to ninth in the standings for the 2005 "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" after their 13th-place finish in the last event at Watkins Glen International. They are only 47 points out of eighth, 183 out of fifth place and 514 out of the lead heading into the 23rd race of the season. There are only four races remaining before the cut off for "The Chase".

* By the Numbers: McMurray has an average finish of 14.9 in 19 NEXTEL Cup Series events competed in at the four remaining tracks leading up to "The Chase". His average finish at Michigan in five starts is 20.8, Bristol in five starts is 10.6, California in four starts is 7.0 and Richmond in five starts is 19.6.

McMurray had an average finish of sixth during the final four events leading up to "The Chase" last season; Michigan (fourth-place finish), Bristol (seventh), California (fourth) and Richmond (ninth).

* Paint Scheme: The legendary black and red Texaco/Havoline paint scheme with the "The Star" emblazoned on the hood will return to the track this weekend at Michigan.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline Team will bring chassis #208 to Michigan this weekend. The car has not run in 2005, but competed in five races last season; First New Hampshire (seventh-place finish), second Pocono (30th), second New Hampshire (fifth), second Martinsville (second) and Phoenix (24th).

* MAXIMum Exposure: MAXIM Magazine invited McMurray to Michigan International Speedway on Monday to test drive the magazine's top-10 picks for the best cars of 2006. The feature will appear in the November issue.

* Wolverine State Native: Bob Dell, engine tuner on the No. 42 team, hails from Clio, Mich.

Jamie McMurray on Michigan:

"Last week was a big week for us in the points. I'm trying not to focus on it too much though, because I made myself sick thinking about it last year. Still, it's hard to completely block it out. The points are so tight at this point that one bad finish will be detrimental in a team's bid to make 'The Chase'.

"We ran strong in this race last season, but struggled during the first race at the track this year. We're taking a car that we haven't run this year, but we like the wind tunnel numbers on it and think it will be a good pick for this weekend. I'm very optimistic that we'll have a strong run at Michigan and keep ourselves positioned in the top-10."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray