Dover: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS * Jamie McMurray averages a 15.6 starting position and a 14.5 finishing position at the "Monster Mile." Dover ranks as McMurray's seventh best track in finishing position on the circuit. * In the same race one year ago, McMurray ...

FAST FACTS

* Jamie McMurray averages a 15.6 starting position and a 14.5 finishing position at the "Monster Mile." Dover ranks as McMurray's seventh best track in finishing position on the circuit.

* In the same race one year ago, McMurray battled with teammate Matt Kenseth for the win after leading 95 of the closing laps. McMurray took home a season best second-place finish.

* This Sunday, McMurray will celebrate his 31st birthday at Dover International Speedway.

* The No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion will have a puzzle piece look to it this weekend to support autism awareness. Also this weekend, McMurray will don a special autism awareness firesuit and helmet.

* McMurray is currently 12th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings.

McMurray on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to Dover this weekend. The race is the Autism Speaks 400 and we are doing a lot going into this weekend outside of just racing on the track. On Thursday, I'm playing in a charity golf tournament which is raising money for both mine and Elliott Sadler's foundations. Along with the help of Crown Royal, we are running a special paint scheme with the Autism puzzle piece design on it.

"On the racing side of things, I think we should run pretty well this weekend at Dover. It's one of those race tracks where if you can stay on the lead lap, you typically have a pretty good finish. We weren't able to test at Dover with the new car, but I think that after we ran at Bristol and Richmond, Larry (Carter) and the guys have a good idea how the car will react this weekend. We will probably battle the same problem that we have the COT tracks -- not being able to turn in the center of the corner. Hopefully, with the right package, we should have a pretty good weekend."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is an interesting track and will be a pretty unique setup in the COT. We weren't able to test Dover a few weeks ago after being rained out at Darlington, so I think a lot of teams are really uncertain with what to expect this weekend. At most of the COT tracks so far this season we have faced the problem with not being able to turn in the center of the corner. Hopefully, this weekend in Dover, we won't fight the same problem. We are taking the same car that we ran in both Phoenix and Bristol and one that Jamie feels pretty good with driving. Hopefully, we can avoid trouble and run up front a little bit."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jamie McMurray , Elliott Sadler