MIAMI (November 17, 2004)--The following are pre-race quotes and notes of interest from Jamie McMurray and Duraflame RWI Racing regarding Saturday's Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. PRE-RACE QUOTES: Jamie...
MIAMI (November 17, 2004)--The following are pre-race quotes and notes of interest from Jamie McMurray and Duraflame RWI Racing regarding Saturday's Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Jamie McMurray, Driver, Duraflame RWI Racing #66 Dodge:
"Homestead is one of those mile and a half tracks where our team should really excel. We won the pole and had a great run on the Cup side there last year. The track staff did a great job with the new layout. It's a whole lot easier to pass there now. The track is a lot faster and that should play into our hands. Penske-Jasper Engines gives us really great power and Homestead should be a track where we're able to show it. Downforce is always an issue at this type of track and I feel like we're really good there too. Blake (Bainbridge) and his guys will put a good setup under me and I know we'll have the best pit stops out there. Hopefully we'll be able to put all of the pieces together and continue this success we've been having lately. It'd be really cool for the Duraflame Dodge to win two in a row."
Rusty Wallace, Team Owner:
"I'll tell you what, I'm so proud of our guys for their effort last weekend. Blake and the guys put a great car together, Penske-Jasper Engines gave us awesome power and the guys busted off some lightning-fast stops on pit road. Believe it or not, I had never really seen a stop like that from outside the car. Those guys are so incredibly fast; it's crazy. We faced some adversity there at the end with the loose lug nuts, but Jamie just pulled his belts tight and put in a really gutsy performance. The whole team did a great job. Hopefully we can do it again and put this Duraflame Dodge in victory lane. People always say that the first win is the hardest to get, so hopefully we'll prove them right and get two of these things before the year is over."
NOTES OF INTEREST:
Event Info: Thursday's 2:45 PM ET single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Saturday's 200 lap, 300 mile race. Saturday's Ford 300 has a 1:00 PM ET starting time and will be broadcast live on NBC at 1:00 PM and on MRN Radio, with radio coverage beginning at 12:45 PM.
Lightin' It Up: Not only are Duraflame's products some of the hottest in the NASCAR Busch Series, their driver is the hottest as well. Jamie McMurray is coming off of his second consecutive Busch Series victory in last weekend's BI-LO 200, the final fall Busch Series race at Darlington Raceway. The win, his third of the year, was the first-ever for the newly formed RWI Racing, sponsor Duraflame and crew chief, Blake Bainbridge. McMurray has now won 2004 Busch Series races with three different teams, sponsors and crew chiefs. In winning last weekend, he broke his previous career best of two wins in a single Busch Series season, which he set in 2002 and 2003. If McMurray is able to win Sunday's NEXTEL Cup race, he will have the distinction of having won in all three of NASCAR's national series in a single season.
Busch Stats: McMurray has no top-five and no top-ten finishes in three Busch Series starts at Homestead. His best career Busch Series finish at the track is 14th, in the 2002 event. His best qualifying effort is fifth, in last year's race. Jamie has an average starting position of 17.3 and an average finish of 25.3 in his Homestead Busch Series career, while completing 71.3% of all possible laps.
NEXTEL Cup Stats: In two NASCAR Premier Series starts at Homestead, McMurray's record boasts no top-five and one top-ten finish. He has an average start of 7.5 and an average finish of 15.5 over those events, while completing a whopping 99.8% of all possible laps. Jamie's best Premier Series Homestead finish is ninth, in last year's event. He won the pole for the same race.
2005 Sponsor and Driver Lineup Announced: RWI Racing, LLC is pleased to have announced at Phoenix that it will enter #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. For more information on public relations contacts for 2005 RWI Racing programs, please contact Greg Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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. Cars sponsored by Blueflame have now won four out of four races in which they were entered in various series. The team now considers the logo somewhat of a good luck charm. Joked McMurray, "Maybe Rusty and I can talk those guys into giving us some Blueflame decals for our Cup cars!"