Phoenix II: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * Elusive Finish? Phoenix International Raceway is the only track where McMurray has yet to post a top-10 finish. His best finish came in November of 2003 when he finished 12th at the one-mile speedway. * McMurray posted his...

FAST FACTS:

* Elusive Finish? Phoenix International Raceway is the only track where McMurray has yet to post a top-10 finish. His best finish came in November of 2003 when he finished 12th at the one-mile speedway.

* McMurray posted his ninth top-10 finish of the 2007 season last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. McMurray has currently posted nine top-10 finishes, three top fives, and one NEXTEL Cup win in 2007.

* This weekend, McMurray will participate in IRWIN Industrial Tools' "Ultimate Tradesman Challenge" championship on Sunday morning. Over 9,000 tradesmen have competed in the challenge and this weekend the three regional finalists will compete for the ultimate prize -- a shot at winning $1.26 million, a BBQ with McMurray and a Roush Performance Ford F-150 through the competition.

* McMurray will pilot the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion in Sunday's race. This will mark McMurray's last weekend in the IRWIN blue and yellow colors for 2007.

McMurray on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Over the years, I have had some bad luck at Phoenix -- I don't know what it is about the track. It's not that I haven't learned how to get around there; it just always seems that something stops us from having a good run there. In the spring, we had a great car, sat on the outside pole, and then we had a windshield tear off get caught on the nose of the car, which forced us to pit and go a lap down. Hopefully, this can be the weekend that we break the curse and have a better run at Phoenix.

"This is a big weekend for IRWIN Industrial Tools and their 'Ultimate Tradesman Challenge.' We have participated in the challenge all season long and this Sunday we'll crown a champion.

"Over the last month and a half, the No. 26 team has had some pretty good cars, just not the best luck. Last weekend we finished in the top 10, which was great for us. If everything goes our way this weekend, we should have a pretty good run in our No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Phoenix is a challenging track to set up for; especially with the car of tomorrow. We had some trouble with our brakes at Martinsville, and with Phoenix being a race that you depend on your brakes a lot, we can't have that same problem happen again. We took a look at everything back at the shop and are bringing a new brake package this weekend. In the spring race at Phoenix, we had some weird things happen to us. We had an air gun fail during a pit stop, and then we had someone's tear off end up on the nose of the No. 26 car. It was a long day. Hopefully, with all the engineering work we have done both in testing and back at the shop, we will have a pretty good handle on the car for this weekend's race. It would be great to post a strong finish for IRWIN Industrial Tools during their championship weekend."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray