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Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Goin' Golfing: Well not actually, but Jamie McMurray is making an appearance at the Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Delaware Chapter of the Autism Society of America prior to heading over to ...

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Goin' Golfing: Well not actually, but Jamie McMurray is making an appearance at the Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Delaware Chapter of the Autism Society of America prior to heading over to the speedway for Busch practice on Thurs. The event will take place at the Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, Del.

* McMurray is heavily involved with the Autism Society of America and it hits close to home because his niece is autistic. This season he is continuing the "Driving Autism Awareness" campaign where he donates $42 for each lap he leads, with his sponsor ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates matching the proceeds. In addition, McMurray ran a special Autism Society of America paint scheme during the March race at Bristol Motor Speedway

* Championship Standings: McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team remain in the NASCAR Top 10 for a fourth consecutive week following their 21st-place effort in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. McMurray currently sits ninth in the standings, just eight points out of eighth and 65 points out of the top five. He trails the leader by 296 points. Following the Lowe's race in 2004, McMurray was 12th 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 12 races.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team will bring chassis #304 to Dover Int'l. Speedway this weekend. This is the same car McMurray finished 10th with earlier this season at Richmond. The team also used this car in both Dover races last season finishing eighth and 15th. The car ran a total of nine races in 2004 with it's best performance being a third-place finish at Rockingham.

* The Monster Mile: McMurray has two top-10 finishes in four Nextel Cup Series starts at the 1-mile concrete speedway. His average start is 14 and his average finish is 10.5. McMurray has completed all but three laps of Nextel Cup competition in races he has run at Dover (1597/99.81%) and he has been running at the end of each event.

* McMurray Notes: 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:

"There's a reason Dover is called the 'Monster Mile.' Things happen so quickly at that place. The track acts as a sweeper when a wreck happens, and usually collects more than one car. If you can avoid the wrecks and be there at the end, you can get a good finish."

"We're taking the same car we ran really well with at Richmond a few weeks ago. We also used this car a lot last year and it has be one of our best performers. We had a rough go of it at Charlotte last week, but we managed to get a solid finish out of it. Hopefully we can rebound this week with a top-five and move ourselves further up in the points."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates