Atlanta: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * McMurray in Vegas: McMurray battled a vibration, an extremely loose ride and nine trips to pit road on his way to salvaging a 15th-place finish from as deep as 29th in the field with less than 45 laps to ...

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* McMurray in Vegas: McMurray battled a vibration, an extremely loose ride and nine trips to pit road on his way to salvaging a 15th-place finish from as deep as 29th in the field with less than 45 laps to the checkered flag.

* Chassis: The Texaco/Havoline team will be running chassis #403 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Chassis #403 was last year's backup car for most of the season but had its inaugural test and race at California Speedway on Feb. 27. The chassis gave McMurray his first top-five of the season (fourth) at California and finished 15th at Vegas.

* Atlanta Facts: McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team continued their march through the top-10 as McMurray's No. 42 Dodge crossed the finish line in eighth place at last year's October event. It was his 10th top-10 finish out of 11 races in the later part of the 2004 season. In five Cup starts at the 1.54-mile oval, McMurray holds two top-10's, and on Oct. 26, 2002, he captured his first NASCAR Busch Series win at the speedway.

* McMurray Notes: McMurray heads into Atlanta in 14th-place in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings, 29 points out of the top-10 and 180 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

* Double Duty: McMurray will be pulling double duty this weekend driving the No. 64 Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday before piloting the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge for Sunday's NEXTEL Cup race.

* The Joplin, Mo. native finished 11th in points in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series chase. He posted nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, including 12 top-10 finishes in the last 14 events of the 2004 season.

Jamie McMurray's Atlanta Quotes: "Our team's had some good luck and some bad luck at Atlanta. Last fall, we had a strong finish and probably could've finished higher but had a pretty bad vibration in the right rear with 10 laps to go. Our car was running really strong there in the spring race until we had engine problems. Coming off our finish at Vegas, I know we're in the right place to win races. My crew never gave up on trying different adjustments to get the No. 42 where it needed to be and gave me another strong weekend of pit stops. We've got everything in place to put this Texaco/Havoline team in victory lane this weekend."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray