Pocono: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Road Course Testing: After fighting through 400 miles at Dover, McMurray and his Texaco/Havoline crew headed out to Sonoma, Calif. for a one-day test season at Infineon Raceway on Tuesday. The team...

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Road Course Testing: After fighting through 400 miles at Dover, McMurray and his Texaco/Havoline crew headed out to Sonoma, Calif. for a one-day test season at Infineon Raceway on Tuesday. The team tested with Chassis #310 on the 1.99-mile road course, which is the same car McMurray finished second with at the track in 2004.

* Get the Inside Scoop: McMurray recently took part in an US Magazine photo shoot with NASCAR Nation's newest host, Leeann Tweeden, at Red Rock Cafe in Huntersville, N.C. The spread will run in an upcoming issue to promote NASCAR Nation's new format.

* Championship Standings: McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team dropped four positions to 13th following their 26th-place effort last weekend at Dover Int'l. Speedway. McMurray is only 37 points out of 10th place and 70 out of fifth heading into Pocono.

* 2005 vs. 2004 Season: McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team are putting forth a strong effort in their bid to make the 2005 "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup." So far this season they have amassed three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 13 races. At this point last season they had three top-five and seven top-10 finishes while sitting 11th in the point standings. McMurray went on to finish 11th overall, scoring nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, including 12 top-10 runs in the last 14 events of the season.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team will bring chassis #307 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. This is the same car McMurray finished ninth with in the June Pocono race in 2004. The car ran a total of 11 races last season finishing fourth at Charlotte, Michigan, California and Darlington. McMurray recorded four top-five and eight top-10 finishes with chassis #307 in those 11 races.

Jamie McMurray on Pocono:

"I'm excited about going to Pocono for the first time this season. We posted a solid top-10 in this race last year and we were running towards the front in the second race before something let go under the hood. We're taking the same car we finished ninth with last year, and it's been a good car for us and definitely one of my favorite in the fleet."

"Pocono is a tricky race track and every corner is different. It's challenging because it's almost impossible to get your car handling well in all three corners. It can be very frustrating but fun at the same time. There are some unknowns this year because this will be the first time with the new gear rule. We're not going to be able to shift because of that and it may make it more difficult to get a run on someone for a pass. We'll just have to wait and see. The Texaco/Havoline team has had a couple of tough weekends, so hopefully we can get a good run under our belts at Pocono and get ourselves back up in the top 10 in points."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray