Charlotte: Jamie McMurray preview

HAVOLINE TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Havoline team will race chassis ...


* Chassis: The Havoline team will race chassis #105. This is the same car McMurray ran last weekend in The Winston, finishing 22nd.

* McMurray returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway looking to continue his winning ways at the "home track" for NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams. McMurray won the UAW-GM Quality 500 last fall at the speedway in only his second NASCAR Winston Cup Series start. McMurray is the quickest driver to win a Winston Cup race in the modern era of NASCAR.

* McMurray enters the Coca-Cola 600 24th in NASCAR Winston Cup Series points and currently leads the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings.

* McMurray has posted two top-five and three top-10 finishes in the first 11 races of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season.


"I'm looking forward to running the Coca-Cola 600. It's the longest race we run and it's one of those races that I've watched on T.V. and thought it was always cool that the race started during the day and ended at night."

"It's become a Memorial Day tradition and I think this Havoline team is up for the challenge. We're taking the same car we ran last weekend in The Winston, and while our finish was not what we wanted, we feel like it's a good car and we've made some changes to it this past week that I think should make us a contender."

"Everyone's been asking me, 'What's the secret to getting around Charlotte since you won here last year?', and I don't really know that I have an answer. This track is very temperature sensitive and as the race progresses into the night, the team that can adjust their car the best I think will be up front. This is such a long race that you have to be patience in the early going and remember that you don't need to over adjust your car because you need it to be strong later in the night. Hopefully our Havoline Dodge will be the one that's out front when it counts."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray