Texas: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS * Over the last four races, Jamie McMurray has moved up 24 positions to 12th place in the NEXTEL Cup point standings. * In six visits to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, McMurray has posted three top-10 finishes. The best finish...

FAST FACTS

* Over the last four races, Jamie McMurray has moved up 24 positions to 12th place in the NEXTEL Cup point standings.

* In six visits to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, McMurray has posted three top-10 finishes. The best finish came in April 2005, where McMurray finished second.

* The No. 26 team will be taking the same car that ran 15th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 10th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this season.

* McMurray will carry a special hood decal this weekend at Texas. Chad Provo, 35, of Terrell, Texas, will have his name front and center on the No. 26 hood after winning a statewide sweepstakes conducted by Crown Royal for their promotion, "Your Name Here 400."

McMurray on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "In the past, I've really enjoyed running at Texas. In my first four starts, I ran really, really well. Last year, we just couldn't seem to find the right handling on the track, but I think we have that problem resolved. This weekend we are taking the same car that I ran at both Las Vegas and at Atlanta, where the car wasn't exactly great, but we had a good handle on everything. It's also a car that we found doesn't qualify very well, but races really well and that's obviously what's more important. This weekend, I'm really expecting the same type of run. It was great going into last weekend's off weekend with a string of good runs this No. 26 team put together. Hopefully, we can continue to knock off these top-10 finishes each weekend."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "Texas is setup a lot like Atlanta and some of the other tracks we run at, like Charlotte. After our run in Atlanta a few weeks ago, we decided that we would bring the same car to Texas. All the guys on the No. 26 team are excited and pumped up about the recent run of good finishes and effort we have all made both at the track and back at the shop. It's hard not to think about where we would be if hadn't gotten wrecked at Daytona and Fontana earlier this season, but that's water under the bridge. We need to focus on where we are now and the races we have coming up. Texas should be another good run for this No. 26 Crown Royal team. The team has knocked off some great pit stops and the communication between everyone has been great. I'm real proud of this team and look forward to a good effort this weekend in Texas."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray