Jamie McMurray No. 88 K'NEX Chevrolet What can you tell us about the Monster Mile? "Dover is a challenge, but it's one that our K'NEX team is definitely up to. It's hard having two of the schedule's toughest tracks back to back with Darlington...
No. 88 K'NEX Chevrolet
What can you tell us about the Monster Mile? "Dover is a challenge, but it's one that our K'NEX team is definitely up to. It's hard having two of the schedule's toughest tracks back to back with Darlington then Dover. You've got to stay focused. If you're not careful Dover can reach out and bite you real fast, especially on your corner exit. To be fast you've got to use up the racetrack on your corner exit to maximize your speed down the straightaway. It's a fine line. Even if you misjudge it just a bit, it could ruin your day in an instant."
This is your fifth of nine races with the 88 team. How have you enjoyed working with the team so far? "It seems like the No. 88 team has been on a roll lately. They're a good bunch who put a lot of work and effort into their racecars. We've been struggling a bit off the truck for the past couple weekends, but we've still managed consecutive top-three finishes. Pops [Tony Eury Sr.] has made some great calls from the pit box to help us pick up some track position late in the race. I'm glad to have someone with as much experience as Pops has in my corner."
The No. 88 Chevrolet looks a little different this week with the K'NEX paint scheme. What can you tell us about that program? "This is a big weekend for JR Motorsports and everyone at K'NEX. They are announcing a really cool initiative. We'll talk more about that this weekend. But I can tell you, it's going to be a neat deal for a great cause. I'm thrilled to just be a part of it."
No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet
You haven't driven the No. 7 since Texas. Tell us what you've been up to since then? "First, it's going to be great to get behind the wheel of the Go Daddy Chevy again this weekend. But when I'm not driving, I'm still at the race track. The best thing a driver can do for themselves, even if they don't have a ride for a given weekend, is still to show up at the track. It lets people know that you're willing to make the effort to be there and continue to learn as much as you can. So since my last race in the No. 7 at Texas, I've been at the racetrack spotting for other drivers. Even if I'm not spotting, I go up to the spotter's stand. You can learn a lot by just watching practice or the race from up there. I want to take full advantage of that. I've also been spending time at the JRM shop with Tony [Eury] Jr. and the guys. Just doing what I can to help out in any way."
You have three starts at Dover. What does the Go Daddy team need to accomplish to have a good finish this weekend? "I've always enjoyed racing at Dover. It's basically a bigger, wider version of Bristol. I don't think my past results show that I like running there, but I do. This Go Daddy team is more than capable of running well at these tracks. We're big picture racing too. It's our job to get the finishes to keep this Go Daddy Chevy up in points and bring it home in one piece. If we race smart and take care of our equipment, we should be just fine."
BACK IN THE SADDLE - After a three-race absence, Landon Cassill returns to the seat of the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet at Dover. Cassill's two previous starts for the team at Phoenix and Texas resulted in respective finishes of 35th and 18th.
THE MONEY MAKER - The K'NEX team will be unloading chassis No. 403 this weekend. Nicknamed "money maker" for its numerous victories, chassis 403 is the defending race winner at Dover, and also saw victory lane at Iowa Speedway last year and Bristol Motor Speedway in the fall of 2008. It led a total of 147 laps en route to wins in those three races.
POINTS PICKER - No. 88 Chevrolet has acquired the third most points of any team over the last four Nationwide Series races. The team's two top-five and three top-10 finishes earned them 606 total points in a four-week span.
TEAM POINTS POSITION - The No. 88 K'NEX team remains 10th in the 2010 owner points after Darlington. The No. 7 Go Daddy team occupies the 26th spot in owner points.