Darlington: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS * Jamie McMurray averages a 16.0 starting position and a 16.5 finishing position at Darlington Raceway - 10th best average finishing position among active drivers with more than six starts. * In six starts at the 1.366-mile...

FAST FACTS

* Jamie McMurray averages a 16.0 starting position and a 16.5 finishing position at Darlington Raceway - 10th best average finishing position among active drivers with more than six starts.

* In six starts at the 1.366-mile speedway, McMurray has three top-10 finishes; two of those finishes in the top five.

* Pair of Four's - McMurray's best finishes at Darlington came in Aug. 2003 and Nov. 2004 where he finished fourth.

* Currently, McMurray is 13th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings.

* In 10 starts this season, McMurray has five top-10 finishes and two top fives.

McMurray on racing at Darlington Raceway:
"I always look forward to racing at Darlington. It's one of the tracks that always comes to mind when people ask what my favorite track is on the circuit. Darlington is a track that you race side-by-side all night long. I think Darlington is a favorite among all the drivers - it's just one of those tracks were the racing is always good, you go through tires quickly and the history at the track goes back a long way. I won at Darlington a couple years ago in the Busch Series when I was running for Rusty (Wallace) and know how tough the track can be. It's going to be interesting to see how these new cars run at Darlington. The COT's are really tough to turn and now we are throwing in the slick track - it will be an interesting night, that's for sure.

"After last weekend's misfortune, I know all the guys are looking forward to a good run in Darlington. Hopefully, last week is behind us and we can go out there and run well in our No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Darlington Raceway:
"The Crown Royal team is taking a brand new car to Darlington this weekend. Our adventure with the 'Car of Tomorrow' has been an up and down run. One week, we think we have a good hold of the car and the following weekend we can't get it to turn. This is the largest track that we have raced the new car and Darlington is known for being a tough track to set up for, however, I think we have a good idea of what we need to make the car handle well for Jamie. I hate that we had a problem last week in Richmond, but I'm proud of the guys on the team. They all rallied together and made the best out of the afternoon. I know how much Jamie enjoys Darlington, so hopefully we can give him a good car to run well with this weekend."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray