Richmond: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * In 10 visits to the 2.66-mile speedway, Jamie McMurray has posted four top-10 finishes, and boasts an average finish of 15.9, which is eighth best among active drivers with more than three starts. * Three "5's" -- McMurray has ...

FAST FACTS:

* In 10 visits to the 2.66-mile speedway, Jamie McMurray has posted four top-10 finishes, and boasts an average finish of 15.9, which is eighth best among active drivers with more than three starts.

* Three "5's" -- McMurray has three top-five runs at Talladega, each time finishing in the fifth position.

* To The Front -- McMurray has led a total of 104 laps at Talladega; second best only to Lowe's Motor Speedway in his career.

* Locked Down -- This weekend, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 IRWIN VISE-GRIP Ford Fusion. The IRWIN paint scheme has the same blue and yellow look, but with a large pair of locking pliers on the door of the No. 26 Ford Fusion.

McMurray on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"Well, needless to say, it's going to be an interesting weekend in Talladega. When we were down there a few weeks ago testing the COT, we never put all 43 cars on the track at one time. We'd go out in smaller groups. To me it seemed the car handled really well and had a lot of grip on the track, but that's when there were only a handful of other cars around you. It will be very interesting to see how these cars react when we are in a large group, lined up three wide going into the corners.

"There have been a lot of questions around how the new car will work at Talladega, and to be honest, I don't know. We'll have a typical day on Friday of single runs, and then some small drafting practice, but I don't think we will really know how these cars are going to run until Sunday in the race.

"I know all the guys on the team are excited since we won the last restrictor-plate race and hopefully, we can go out there and win another this weekend. We are taking a pretty cool car down there this weekend. It's our No. 26 IRWIN VISE-GRIP Ford Fusion, and I have to say, it looks pretty cool. Hopefully, it will be as good as our special paint scheme we ran earlier this season in Daytona."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"I think there is a lot of speculation heading into Talladega this weekend. These new cars are a lot different than the old ones. These cars seem to work like the trucks did when they ran at the superspeedways; they punch a huge hole of air and create a ton of downforce, which in turn gives the driver a lot more grip on the speedway. I don't think there is anyone in the garage who knows how this race is going to play out and how these cars are going to run. There's a lot of uncertainty heading into this weekend. We'll just go out there on Friday in practice and try to run as best as possible, hopefully qualify the car well on Saturday, and just run the best race we can on Sunday. Jamie is an excellent restrictor-plate driver, which is half the battle. He's very smart behind the wheel and can read the draft really well. If we keep our No. 26 IRWIN VISE-GRIP Ford Fusion out of trouble, I have a feeling we'll have a pretty good weekend."

-credit: rfr

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Drivers Jamie McMurray