Richmond: JR Motorsports preview

Jamie McMurray No. 88 Hellmann's Chevrolet What is the Hellmann's team's outlook heading to Richmond this week? "Richmond is a fun racetrack. Statistically it has never been someplace I've run extremely well, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy...

Jamie McMurray
No. 88 Hellmann's Chevrolet

What is the Hellmann's team's outlook heading to Richmond this week? "Richmond is a fun racetrack. Statistically it has never been someplace I've run extremely well, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the track. I'm looking forward to running the Hellmann's Chevrolet there with JR Motorsports. You never know what's going to happen when you are short track racing, a number of things can go right or wrong. But I know Pops and the Hellmann's crew have put a lot of effort into their program. For the past two weeks I've been with them, we've unloaded fast every time. I don't think Richmond will be any different."

Can you give us some of the keys to getting around Richmond? "It's always cool to run under the lights on a Friday night. It reminds me a little of my days racing late models. Richmond always offers good racing for the drivers and the fans. The track gives us a lot of options as to where our car works best. You can run the top or the bottom. We want to be able to get through the center of the corners and off with as much speed as possible. Getting off the corners well makes all the difference at a short track. It will be interesting to see where our Hellmann's Chevy works best this weekend."

Steve Arpin
No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Does racing at a short track make things a little easier for you this week? "I'm excited about racing on a short track this weekend. It leaves more in your hands as a driver than say, Talladega. You have more control as a driver at Richmond. I think it will be a lot of fun. It's all about keeping my head on straight all race long in order to put us in position at the end to get a good, strong finish for the No. 7 car."

What's the biggest challenge you've faced being a new driver in the Nationwide Series? "Being a new driver in the Nationwide Series, I really try to not get too nervous. Sometimes it's a challenge, but I just look at it like another racetrack. It's my job to go there and make the racecar go as fast as we can. I try to focus hard and not get myself in a mental state where I'm more nervous than focused on the job at hand. I have to give Tony Jr. the best feedback I can to make sure we get the car tuned exactly the way we need it."

How has your life changed since joining the JRM team? "My schedule has gotten a whole lot busier these past couple weeks. I still have 24 hours in the day, now I just have twice as much to get done. I like it though, it's real exciting. Since I got this deal, I've been spending a lot of time at the JRM shop with the team. I've just been trying to get to know everyone, and learn about how they do stuff over here. I've been concentrating a lot on that. I'm hoping that will translate into good performances on the racetrack."

ARPIN BACK FOR JRM - Canadian Steve Arpin will compete in his second Nationwide Series event for JR Motorsports in the No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend at Richmond. Arpin finished 26th in his debut at Talladega after an impressive fourth-place qualifying effort. It marked the No. 7 team's best starting spot of the season.

NO. 88 SEASON - The No. 88 Hellmann's Chevrolet has earned two top-10 finishes in 2010. Those finishes came at California Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Driver Jamie McMurray led 21 laps at Talladega last week, bringing the team's laps led count to 28.

TEAM POINTS POSITION - The No. 88 Hellmann's team remains 10th in the 2010 owner points after its 14th-place finish at Talladega. With its 26th-place showing last week, the No. 7 team picked up one position and now occupy the 23rd spot in owner points.

-source: jr motorsports

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