Bristol II: Jamie McMurray preview

In 11 Sprint Cup career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, McMurray has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. McMurray's best finish came in August 2003, where he finished third. McMurray has a career-average starting position...

In 11 Sprint Cup career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, McMurray has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. McMurray's best finish came in August 2003, where he finished third.

McMurray has a career-average starting position of 15.8 and an average finishing position of 20.1 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

On A Roll -- McMurray has posted three top-10 finishes in the last four races, with his other finish being 16th at Watkins Glen International.

This weekend, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Sharpie Pen Ford Fusion -- this is his first time back in Sharpie paint scheme since August 2006.

Jamie McMurray -- NSCS ADVANCE
Team: No. 26 Sharpie Pen Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK-456 Last outing: Dover, June 2008; Finished 10th
     RK-463 Last outing: Martinsville, Oct. 2007; Finished 32nd

McMurray on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:
"Whenever fans ask me what's my favorite race, I always tell them the Bristol night race is one of the best races of the year. It's always so exciting and the stands are always packed. It's probably the most exciting race of the season. And after the way this No. 26 team has been running the last few weeks, I'm really excited to return to Bristol. It's a track that if you can stay out of trouble, you can typically have a pretty good finish. It's a track that I've always enjoyed racing at and have had some success at the in the past.

"In our last visit to Bristol, we had some mechanical things happen to us early in the race that put us way back in the pack. We were caught up in a wreck and spent most of the day behind the wall trying to fix it. We were able to finish the race, but certainly had a better car than the finish we ended up with that day. This weekend, I think we have a pretty good car and should be really competitive in the race on Saturday night.

"This weekend we are running the No. 26 Sharpie Pen Ford Fusion, which is our first return to the Sharpie car since 2006. It's a big race for Sharpie and it would be really great to have another good run this weekend at Bristol."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:
"Bristol is one of those tracks where qualifying is so important to how your race day will go. If you qualify badly, you spend the entire day trying to stay on the lead lap, since the leader will catch you so quickly. If you do qualify well, it's about staying out of trouble and being there at the end of the race. We are taking the same car that we took to Bristol last time, and the same car that we ran in top 10 with at in Dover. Bristol is one of those races that all the guys look forward to, and after the way we have run over the last few weeks, it's really encouraging to head there and know we will have a really strong race car."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray