Charlotte: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Tennis Anyone? This Saturday McMurray will be competing on asphalt, but in a much more diverse capacity than he is accustomed to, going head-to-head against tennis-star Anna Kournikova in an exhibition ...

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Tennis Anyone? This Saturday McMurray will be competing on asphalt, but in a much more diverse capacity than he is accustomed to, going head-to-head against tennis-star Anna Kournikova in an exhibition tennis match. The event is scheduled for noon and will take place across from the track on the corner of Hwy. 29 and Morehead St.

* The Paint Scheme: The Texaco logo displayed on the No. 42 Dodge for this weekend's race was first used in 1909 and remained until 1913. The five pointed star is based on the star of Texas, Texaco's headquarters (Houston) at the time the logo was designed. This weekend's paint scheme is part of the Shine-On series of four cars, with the designs paying tribute to Texaco/Havoline's successful NASCAR history while emphasizing the iconic status of the star. Yesterday. Today. Down The Road. SHINE ON

* Championship Standings: Jamie McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team remain in the NASCAR Top 10 for a third consecutive week following a solid top-10 finish at Richmond International Raceway. McMurray currently sits ninth in the standings, just 211 points behind the leader. Following the Richmond race in 2004, McMurray was 13th in points and went on to finish 11th in the final standings.

* 2005 Season: McMurray is off to a solid start in the 2005 season. He has already amassed three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 11 races.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team will bring chassis #307 to Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. This is the same car McMurray used in the NEXTEL Open where he finished 14th. The team ran chassis #307 11 times last season, including the NEXTEL Open and the Coca-Cola 600. McMurray finished third in the Open and fourth at the Coca-Cola 600 in 2004.

* On the right track: McMurray captured his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win, which came at Lowe's Motor Speedway, in only his second-career start on Oct. 13, 2002.

* In five starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, McMurray has two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes. His average finishing position at Lowe's is ninth. McMurray has completed all but two laps of competition in races run at the track (1676/99.88%), and he has led a total of 112 of those laps.

* McMurray Notes: On Mon., May 25, McMurray participated in The Golf Channel's "Big Break Challenge" at The Peninsula Golf Club on Lake Norman in Mooresville, N.C. He competed against NASCAR drivers Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler, Rusty Wallace and Michael Waltrip.

* 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 Quotes:

On the 600... "Obviously racing at Charlotte always puts a little edge in your step. For most of us, we're racing at our 'home track' since most of the teams are based around Charlotte. And for me, Charlotte definitely carries great memories. Now I just need to go out and win another race so there'll be more to talk about other than the Charlotte victory in 2002."

"We pretty much used last weekend's NEXTEL Open race as a test session for us. We didn't test there, so we were able to get 30 test laps under our belt. The track definitely has a lot more grip in the turns now, which increases the speed, but makes it harder to pass in the turns."

"I think we have like a ninth-place average finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway, so this is definitely a place I like racing at. Hopefully we can get the Texaco/Havoline Dodge into victory lane this weekend."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Jamie McMurray , Elliott Sadler