Duraflame RWI Racing Notes & Quotes: Darlington
DARLINGTON, SC (November 10, 2004)--The following are pre-race quotes and notes of interest from Jamie McMurray and Duraflame RWI Racing regarding Saturday's BI-LO 200 at Darlington Raceway.
Jamie McMurray, Driver, Duraflame RWI Racing #66 Dodge:
"Darlington is a tough old racetrack, that's for sure. You have to have a lot of respect for that place or it will eat you up in a hurry. The track has so much history behind it and that's something that I think is really cool. Legends like Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Richard Petty have all had a lot of success there. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to but my name in the Darlington record books as well. I've had pretty good runs there in the last few Busch races and I look forward to continuing that this weekend. It felt really good to be able to win at Phoenix last weekend; I know that this car and team are totally capable of the same results. Blake Bainbridge and the guys always give me good cars, so we'll definitely give it our best shot at putting this Duraflame Dodge in victory lane."
Rusty Wallace, Team Owner:
"Darlington...Where do I start. It's a track so rich in tradition. All of the guys I looked up to growing up, like Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, have been so successful there. I've definitely had some good runs there in the past, a couple of second place finishes even. For some reason, I haven't quite been able to add a Darlington trophy to my collection. I think a Darlington win as a car owner would be a good place to start. Blake and his boys will have those hot rods tuned up as usual and everyone knows that Jamie McMurray will drive the wheels off of a race car. We're going to come out with guns blazing and see what happens. I have a pretty good feeling that the 66 car is going to end up in victory lane before this year is over."
NOTES OF INTEREST:
Event Info: Friday's 1:30 PM ET single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Saturday's 147 lap, 200 mile race. Saturday's BI-LO 200 has a 1:00 PM starting time and will be broadcast live on TNT at 1:00 PM ET and on PRN Radio, with radio coverage beginning at 12:45 PM.
2005 Sponsor and Driver Lineup Announced: RWI Racing, LLC is pleased to have announced last weekend at Phoenix that it will enter the #64 Dodge in the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series. Jamie McMurray, the 2003 NASCAR Premier Series Rookie of the Year, will pilot the #64 Top Flite Dodge for 17 races next year, while NASCAR Premier Series veteran, Jeremy Mayfield, will wheel the #64 Miller High Life Dodge for an additional 17 races. Former NASCAR Premier Series champion, Rusty Wallace, will take command of the #64 for the inaugural Busch Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, in Mexico City, Mexico.
Blueflame on Board: For this weekend's race, the #66 Dodge will carry, on the bottom of its rear quarter panels, the logo of Blueflame Authentics, LLC, the Official Authentic Race-Used Memorabilia Provider of Rusty Wallace and the 2005 Rusty's Last Call tour. Visit www.blueflameauthentics.com for the very best in authentic race-used memorabilia. A significant portion of proceeds from every sale benefits Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Busch Stats: McMurray has one top-five and one top-ten finish in six Busch Series starts at Darlington. His best career Busch Series finish at the track is second, in last year's spring event. His best qualifying effort is also second, in the last year's fall event. Jamie has an average starting position of 10.5 and an average finish of 21.3 in his Darlington Busch Series career, while completing 74.8% of all possible laps.
NEXTEL Cup Stats: In three NASCAR Premier Series starts at Darlington, McMurray's record boasts one top-five and one top-ten finish. He has an average start of 19.0 and an average finish of 15.7 over those events, while completing a whopping 99.7% of all possible laps. Jamie's best Premier Series Darlington finish is fourth, in last year's Southern 500; his best start is 17th, in the same event.
Pit Crew Changes: As in the last three races, two members of the #77 Kodak Dodge pit crew will go over the wall for the Duraflame Dodge in Darlington. They are: front tire changer, Clay Robinson and front tire carrier, Mike Houston.