Richmond II: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * Jamie McMurray has recorded nine starts at Richmond International Raceway with two finishes in the top 10. * McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion in this weekend's NEXTEL Cup race, and the No. 26 Aflac Ford...

FAST FACTS:

* Jamie McMurray has recorded nine starts at Richmond International Raceway with two finishes in the top 10.

* McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion in this weekend's NEXTEL Cup race, and the No. 26 Aflac Ford Fusion in Friday night's Busch Series race.

* McMurray's average finish at RIR is a 24.8, which marks his second worst track on the NEXTEL Cup circuit next to Daytona, where McMurray scored his second career win in July.

* Richmond is one of only six tracks where McMurray has yet to lead a lap -- the others are Atlanta, Homestead, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Pocono.

* 2007 Season Recap: McMurray has recorded one NEXTEL Cup win, three top fives, seven top 10's and one Cup pole.

McMurray on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond is one of the tracks, along with Chicago that I just can't figure out how to get around. We tested at Richmond earlier this season and I felt alright about going back there in May. However, in the May race, we had a shock fail on us, which pretty much ruined our day. We finished the race, but didn't get the finish out of Richmond that we were hoping for. Richmond is one of the tougher tracks on the circuit for me, so I'm a little weary about going there this weekend. I have complete faith in Larry (Carter) and Derek (Stamets, team engineer) to give me the best car possible; it just comes down to me. I think racing in the Busch race on Friday night should help me prepare for Saturday night's race. This season we've had some success in the COT races, so hopefully we can continue that this weekend in Richmond. Last week in Fontana we finished the race, which was better than how our luck has gone since Daytona. Hopefully that was a good indication of where our luck is heading and we can have another good run this Saturday night."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We didn't have the ideal run last weekend in Fontana, but I was glad to see how all the guys worked together throughout the night to make the needed adjustments on our Ford Fusion. We finished the race and we were able to adjust throughout the night, so all said and done, I'm excited that finished where we did. Last week we tested this same car we are taking to Richmond at Iowa Speedway, which isn't set up like Richmond, but it gave us a bigger idea of things that worked on the car and what really doesn't work. I think it will give us a pretty good baseline for where we need to start this weekend in Richmond. Overall, I think we will have a pretty good car for Saturday night. Last time we were in Richmond, all of the teams were fighting the same handling issues with not being able to turn in the center of the corner. Hopefully, we have done enough homework back here at the shop to avoid that problem this weekend."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray