Mcmurray Burns The Competition in Darlington
--Duraflame RWI Racing Claims First Ever Busch Series Win--
DARLINGTON, SC (November 13, 2004)--Jamie McMurray took the lead on lap 75 of today's BI-LO 200 at Darlington Raceway and never looked back, scoring his seventh career Busch Series victory. The win marked McMurray's first at Darlington and the first ever victory for the Rusty Wallace-owned RWI Racing organization.
Rain during Friday's qualifying session forced the field to be set by points. The Duraflame Dodge was thus forced to start Saturday's race from the 34th position. It didn't take McMurray long to make his way through the field. He entered the top ten on lap 38 and had cracked the top five by lap 60 of the 147-lap event.
Following a lap 51 caution, McMurray restarted the race in sixth position and quickly made work of the top five. Following a nearly ten-lap battle with Ashton Lewis, Jr., McMurray took the lead on lap 75.
The team would have quite a scare, however following a lap 101 caution, when McMurray radioed to crew chief Blake Bainbridge claiming to have a loose wheel. Although the condition worsened throughout the race's waning laps, McMurray was able to hold on for the win, leading 72 of the race's final 73 laps en route to victory.
Jamie McMurray, Driver, #66 Duraflame Dodge:
"This is incredible; I am so excited to win for Rusty Wallace and Duraflame. Rusty is a legend of this sport and has become a great friend of mine. Blake and the guys gave me an awesome car today. That thing was really flying and we had incredible pit stops as well. I'll tell you what though; I thought we might have shot ourselves in the foot there with the loose wheel. I thought about pitting, but I thought even harder about winning at Darlington. This track has so much tradition and it's really cool to be able to add my name to its record books."
POST-RACE NOTES OF INTEREST:
Today's win marks the first ever win for: RWI Racing, crew chief Blake Bainbridge and sponsor Duraflame.
By virtue of his victory, McMurray has won 2004 Busch Series races with three different teams, sponsors and crew chiefs.
McMurray's victory in today's BI-LO 200 was his first at Darlington. He will enter the history books as the final winner of a fall Busch Series race at Darlington Raceway. The track will be relegated to one Busch Series event in 2005; that race will take place during the spring.
If McMurray is able to win one of the final two NEXTEL Cup races of 2005, he will have the distinction of having won in all three of NASCAR's National Series during the same season.
Good Luck?: Cars sponsored by Blueflame Authentics, LLC are now undefeated in races they have entered. Earlier this year, the company sponsored the late model efforts of Steve Wallace, Rusty's 17 year-old son. The younger Wallace subsequently won all three of the races in which he entered Blueflame-sponsored cars. By virtue of sponsoring McMurray in today's Busch Series race, the company is now four-for-four in its racing efforts. Asked McMurray, "You think they have any more of those Blueflame decals for my Cup car tomorrow?"