HAMPTON, GA (October 26, 2004)--The following are pre-race quotes and notes of interest from Jamie McMurray and Duraflame RWI Racing regarding Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jamie McMurray, Driver, Duraflame RWI Racing ...
HAMPTON, GA (October 26, 2004)--The following are pre-race quotes and notes of interest from Jamie McMurray and Duraflame RWI Racing regarding Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Jamie McMurray, Driver, Duraflame RWI Racing #66 Dodge:
"I'm really excited about this weekend's race. Atlanta is the kind of track which really suits our program well. You have to have a ton of horsepower and great aerodynamics to be in the hunt at Atlanta and we absolutely have both of those. I had one of the best engines of my life at Charlotte and supposedly we have another real bullet for this weekend too. This team just gets better and better as we go along. I'm ready to put the Duraflame Dodge in victory lane this weekend."
Blake Bainbridge, Crew Chief:
"We're really looking forward to Atlanta. It's going to be a challenge, but we're up to it. We didn't test there and as a new team, we don't have any race notes. Jamie McMurray will be up on the wheel though and we're going to give it our best shot. It's going to take a combination of good power, aero and handling to get the job done this weekend. We're taking a car that we haven't raced before, but I feel sure that it has what it takes to win."
Rusty Wallace, Team Owner:
"I'm really pleased with the way our program is progressing. Jamie's been driving the wheels off of these hot rods and the guys are putting solid cars underneath him. I don't think it would surprise anyone if the Duraflame Dodge ended up in victory lane on Saturday. Our performances this year are really setting us up well for our run at the Busch Series owner's title in 2005. Look for some exciting announcements concerning our 2005 program really soon."
NOTES OF INTEREST:
Event Info: Friday's 1:30 PM ET single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Saturday's 203 lap, 312 mile race and will be shown live on Speed Channel. Saturday's Aaron's 312 has an 1:00 PM starting time and will be broadcast live on TNT at 1:00 PM and on PRN Radio, with radio coverage beginning at 12:30 PM.
Busch Stats: Jamie McMurray has started only two Busch Series events at Atlanta, but he captured a win in one of them, the 2002 Aaron's 312, in which he started 8th.
NEXTEL Cup Stats: McMurray's NEXTEL Cup Series stats from Atlanta include one top-ten finish in four starts. His best finish is 7th, in the 2002 NAPA 500. His best start is 4th, in the same event.
Pit Crew Changes: As in Charlotte, two members of the #77 Kodak Dodge pit crew will go over the wall for the Duraflame Dodge in Atlanta. They are front tire changer, Clay Robinson and front tire carrier, Mike Houston.
Did you know?: By virtue of his win in last weekend's Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville, McMurray has become one of only five drivers to have won both a race and a pole position in each of NASCAR's three national series. His first and only Busch Series pole came in his first start with Duraflame RWI Racing, this year's Siemens 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Jamie Goes Hollywood: Jamie will film an episode of MTV's Cribs on Wednesday, October 27th at his North Carolina home. The show focuses on the homes and lifestyles of celebrities from all walks of life. Be sure to check it out, as the episode will include a surprise RWI element.
Gettin' Dirty: Atlanta, center of the "Dirty South," has become a hotbed for hip-hop music in recent years. Jamie McMurray had the opportunity to hang out with several hip-hop stars while in town for the spring Atlanta event. "It was really cool to get to meet Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow and Da Brat. We even got Da Brat into one of our 42 car firesuits. I know that a lot of people involved in hip-hop live in Atlanta and it'd be awesome to get more of them out to the races," Jamie noted.
Steve Wallace Wins, Again: Steve Wallace, Rusty's 17 year-old son, started from the pole and led every lap en route to a victory in last Saturday's National Dodge 150 at Coastal Plains Raceway Park. His victory, in what was the UARA-STARS season finale, marked his third win of the year and his third victory in the last four UARA-STARS events. By virtue of his performance, the younger Wallace secured the Hobart Sales and Service Rookie of the Year title. In addition, Wallace's qualifying lap of 15.69 seconds smashed the former track record by nearly three tenths of a second, securing his third track record of the season. Steve's crew chief for the event was none other than Duraflame RWI Racing crew chief, Blake Bainbridge. Steve's 2005 plans will be announced soon.
There He Is...Mr. Virginia Teen USA: Steve Wallace will be one of the judges for the 2005 Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant, to be held this Friday and Saturday in Bristol, VA. "I'm a little nervous, actually. I'm sure the competition will be tough, but I'll give it my best effort," noted the younger Wallace.