Darlington: JR Motorsports preview

Jamie McMurray No. 88 Hellmann's Chevrolet What is the Hellmann's team's plan for attacking Darlington? "We want to carry the momentum from our solid finish at Richmond into Darlington. It was great to have such a good run in the Hellmann's ...

Jamie McMurray
No. 88 Hellmann's Chevrolet

What is the Hellmann's team's plan for attacking Darlington? "We want to carry the momentum from our solid finish at Richmond into Darlington. It was great to have such a good run in the Hellmann's Chevrolet. If you look at past seasons, the No. 88 bunch is used to running up front and winning races week in and week out. So we just want to keep this going. Each week I've been in this racecar we've been competitive and challenging for wins. I really want to get this car in victory lane because it's what this JRM team and the folks at Hellmann's deserve."

We've heard a lot of differing opinions on Darlington from drivers. What's your take on the racetrack? "Darlington is its own beast. There is not another track on the circuit that races anything like this place. As a race fan I can tell you that's pretty neat, but as a driver that makes it a tough track. To win at Darlington, everything's got to go right for you. The car has to handle well enough that you can run up near the wall like you need do. Pit stops have to go right and you've got to position yourself to be there in the end. You hear a lot of guys talking about racing the racetrack, and it's true. At Darlington, the slightest mistake can ruin your day, so you've always got to be up on the wheel. A couple light Darlington stripes on your right side are OK too, just to know you're getting all you can out of the racecar."

Steve Arpin
No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Darlington is one of those tracks etched in racing history, what are your thoughts as you approach your first start there? "There are a handful of tracks that have really made a mark in NASCAR's history. Darlington is definitely one of them. I am very excited and nervous at the same time to go there. It is a great opportunity to be able to race here, and I am thankful for that. It is also a race track that is very technical and will produce some intense racing. Last week was an eye opener for me. I'm going to use what I've learned and this week I will be more prepared."

How much of a challenge is it to race at a track you have limited experience on? "It's definitely a big challenge showing up to these places for the first time, especially at this level. When I go out for practice, I am learning all the characteristics of the race track, the car, everything. At the same time, other drivers are fine tuning on what they have learned here in years past. We have the same amount of time, just more to accomplish. But every driver out here has gone through the same thing, so I'll get there. It will just take time."

This will be your third consecutive race with JRM in the Nationwide Series. How does the racing over here differ from ARCA, and what is the biggest thing you've learned so far? "I am having the time of my life here at JRM driving the No. 7 Chevrolet. Heading into our third Nationwide Series start together, the biggest difference I have found is how hard you have to go from the drop of the green flag, each and every lap. I also think that this will help me get more out of my cars on the ARCA side. The next biggest thing to adjust to is the lack of power with the tapered spacer and how free you have to have your car to be good on the long runs. It is a whole different feel but I'm adapting fast."

JR MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK --

THIRD STRAIGHT FOR ARPIN - Rookie Steve Arpin will start his third consecutive Nationwide Series race for JRM at Darlington this weekend. Arpin's previous starts for the team came at Talladega and Richmond with his best finish of 25th coming at the latter. The Canadian has an average finish of 25.5.

MCMURRAY AT DARLINGTON - In nine starts at the facility, McMurray owns one win, three top-five and three top-10 finishes with a career average finish of 19.1. McMurray's victory came in fall of 2004 driving for Rusty Wallace Inc. He started the race 34th and led 72 laps en route to the race win. The Missouri native finished third in his most recent race at Darlington in 2006.

TEAM POINTS POSITION - The No. 88 Hellmann's team remains 10th in the 2010 owner points after Richmond. The No. 7 team lost three positions and now occupies the 26th spot in owner points.

-source: jr motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Jamie McMurray , Steve Arpin
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports