Talladega: Jamie McMurray preview

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis ...

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #411 to compete in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Chassis #411 is a brand new superspeedway car that has been wind tunnel tested.

* McMurray Notes: McMurray heads into Talladega sitting 13th in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points, only 39 points out of the NASCAR Top 10. McMurray battled to a seventh-place finish last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray has posted two top-five and five top-10 finishes in the first eight races of 2004.

* McMurray has qualified in the top five two times in his five previous starts at Talladega. McMurray sat on the outside pole last fall at Talladega and has posted a best finish of 16th in the fall race last year.

* McMurray will be as a guest presenter at the 2004 CMT FLAME WORTHY Video Music Awards this Wednesday night at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

* The Joplin, Mo. native was named the 2003 NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year and posted five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, along with one Bud Pole Award during the 2003 season. He finished 13th in the final 2003 point standings.

Jamie McMurray Quotes:

Thoughts on Talladega: "Talladega is like a big chess game. It's one of those races that is more a mental game than anything else. We run in one big pack for most of the day, and you always have to calculate what your next move will be in order to stay in the lead draft."

"We've had some good runs there, but always seem to get caught up in the wrecks. I really feel like we've picked up our restrictor plate program from last year. We should be in good shape this weekend in Talladega."

-cgr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray