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Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * The Return of Chassis ...

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* The Return of Chassis #307: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #307 to compete in the NASCAR NEXTEL Open/All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway. McMurray competed with Chassis #307 eight times during the second half of the 2003 season, posting two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Chassis #307 last took to the track back in January during a test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It has spent the past few months getting resurrected after McMurray was involved in an accident during the Las Vegas test.

* McMurray Notes: McMurray is looking to make his second start in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. McMurray finished 22nd in the event last year after qualifying in the 23rd position. He was eliminated after the first segment.

* The Joplin, Mo. native has two opportunities to advance to the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. If McMurray wins the All-Star Open he transfers to the All-Star Challenge. A driver will also get voted in by the fans to complete the field of cars for the non-points event.

* McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team currently sit 13th in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points, 128 points out of the NASCAR Top 10.

* McMurray will join fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers next Tuesday at NASCAR Speed Park in Concord, N.C. for Elliott Sadler's "Race for Hope" benefiting the Autism Society of America and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Jamie McMurray Quotes:

Thoughts on All-Star Challenge: "I feel like our Texaco/Havoline Dodge is going to be strong enough that we should be a contender for the win in the All-Star Open and can advance to the All-Star Challenge. If for some reason that doesn't happen, I'm hoping that all my fans are pulling an 'American Idol' and are voting for me numerous times. This race is for the fans. There are no points on the line and everyone takes a few more risks than normal. This race always lives up to its reputation."

-cgr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Elliott Sadler