Bristol: Jamie McMurray preview

McMurray on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Racing at Bristol is exciting for both the fans and the drivers. There's absolutely no other track like it on the circuit and I think it's always such an awesome sight to look up in the stands and...

McMurray on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"Racing at Bristol is exciting for both the fans and the drivers. There's absolutely no other track like it on the circuit and I think it's always such an awesome sight to look up in the stands and seeing people everywhere. The key to Bristol is track position. If you can qualify well, you have the opportunity to run up front and avoid falling laps down to the race leaders. Another key is to drive smart and avoid wrecks because everything happens so quickly at Bristol. We've started out our season with some great cars so I'm looking forward to another strong run for our Crown Royal Ford this weekend. I really enjoy short track racing so Bristol is always a treat for me."

Crew chief Donnie Wingo on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"To me the biggest thing about Bristol is that it's a track position focused track. Qualifying is very important for teams because when you have the chance to run up front, you have the opportunity to not fall laps down to the leaders quite as easily. When we go to Bristol, it's all about track position and being able to avoid the wrecks that always seem to take place. You'll see a lot of teams taking chances on pit road this weekend with two tires or fuel only stops; basically whatever teams feel they need to do in order to gain track position. You must be up at the front at the end of the race in order to get a decent finish and that's where our Crown Royal team plans to be Sunday."

FAST FACTS:

* In his 12 career Cup series starts, McMurray averages a 17.9 starting position and a 19.4 finishing position

* McMurray's best Cup series finish at Bristol came in August 2003 when he finished third

* This weekend at Bristol, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

* McMurray has achieved four Top-10 and one Top-five finish in his 12 career Cup series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
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