Bristol II: Jamie McMurray preview

MCMURRAY BACK IN SHARPIE FORD FUSION FOR SHARPIE 500 "McMurray and the No. 26 team prepare for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway" CONCORD, N.C. (August 22, 2006) - Entering this weekend's Sharpie 500, NASCAR star Jamie McMurray knows...

MCMURRAY BACK IN SHARPIE FORD FUSION FOR SHARPIE 500

"McMurray and the No. 26 team prepare for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway"

CONCORD, N.C. (August 22, 2006) - Entering this weekend's Sharpie 500, NASCAR star Jamie McMurray knows the good luck that a Sharpie paint scheme can bring to a team. In the last five years the Sharpie team has won four times at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway. This weekend, for the second time in 2006, McMurray will be piloting the No. 26 Sharpie Ford Fusion.

"There is a lot of good luck behind the Sharpie paint scheme at Bristol," said McMurray. "Bristol is such a fun race for both the drivers and the fans. I hope our 26 team can go out there and show how strong this team really is."

In his seven starts at the .533-mile "bullring," McMurray has racked up three top-10 finishes, and has an average finish of 16.3. McMurray's average finish ranks 14th among all active drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

Coming off a 17th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway, McMurray prepares for the short track of Bristol. "Bristol is one of those tracks where anything can happen to you throughout the race. It is so easy to get caught up in someone else's wreck. If you can keep the car in one piece and have good pit stops, you can have a good run at Bristol," said McMurray.

Prior to taking the green flag on Saturday evening, McMurray will participate in the Sharpie "MINI" 500, where he will go head-to-head racing remote-controlled cars with NASCAR drivers' children. The event will support Sharpie's "Autographs for Education" program. The annual program challenges individuals to collect one million autographs in exchange for $1 million in funds and supplies for schools nationwide.

"It's really cool to be a part of Sharpie's 'Autographs for Education.' Sharpie is helping students cross their own finish line and get a good start towards the best education possible. This is going to be a great weekend for the entire Sharpie team, I am really looking forward to it," said McMurray.

-credit: roushracing.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray