Talladega: Jamie McMurray preview

In 11 visits to the 2.66-mile speedway, Jamie McMurray has posted four top-10 finishes. Spring Fling -- On average, McMurray runs better in the Talladega spring race. In five spring races, McMurray averages a 10.2 finish. In...

In 11 visits to the 2.66-mile speedway, Jamie McMurray has posted four top-10 finishes.

Spring Fling -- On average, McMurray runs better in the Talladega spring race. In five spring races, McMurray averages a 10.2 finish. In the balance of fall races, McMurray averages a 24.1 finish at the superspeedway.

Three "5's" -- McMurray has three top-five runs at Talladega, each time finishing in the fifth position.

Leader of the Pack -- McMurray has led a total of 104 laps at Talladega; second best only to Lowe's Motor Speedway in his career.

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McMurray on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
"I think after the off weekend, all of the guys on the No. 26 Crown Royal team are excited about getting back to the track this weekend in Talladega. Our restrictor-plate program at Roush Fenway has always been really strong, and I expect the same this weekend at Talladega. At Daytona we struggled a bit, but that's also because we were using our third backup car. This weekend, we have a strong Ford Fusion ready to go.

"Last year, we had a great race and were leading there at the end before the caution flag came out. We got out of there with a top-five finish. This weekend we are looking for the exact same results. Hopefully, we can stay out of trouble the entire race and get this Crown Royal team another good finish at Talladega."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
"I really think this weekend in Talladega will be successful for the Crown Royal team. Jamie is one of the best 'drafters' in the series, and with a strong car and engine under him, I'm hoping for a strong weekend. We slipped a little bit in Phoenix from the gains we were making on the points, so hopefully we can pick up this weekend in Talladega. I know all the guys at the shop are rested and ready to get back to racing. This weekend marks the first of 12 races we have in a row. Hopefully we can build on some strong race tracks and races we have coming up and get ourselves back into a strong position in the points."

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray