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JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - fifth-place interview "Our car was the best it was on the first two runs. We made some small adjustments, but everything we did the car was tight off at the end of the run. Everything we did...

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - fifth-place interview

"Our car was the best it was on the first two runs. We made some small adjustments, but everything we did the car was tight off at the end of the run. Everything we did seemed to hurt it more at the beginning and didn't seem to help it at the end coming off the corner. We needed 100 laps plus. Our car was not real good on the short go, but on the long run it was really good. If somebody was running down low, I just went high. If somebody was up high, I just went low. It was a lot of fun today.

"If you noticed early in the race I'd lose two or three spots on the start. Within 20 laps I'd gain 'em back and then be able to drive off just a little bit even. We just needed the last 30 laps to go green. It's weird for me because it doesn't seem like your car is that bad and guys pass you. You improve your car just a little bit and you can't believe how much your times pick up. Just picking the gas up early and not have your car binding off the corners makes such a big difference.

"We had our game plan set from the get-go. The only way we were going to take two tires was if it was the last stop with 20 something laps to go. We didn't feel it was going to be good early in the race unless we were way back and needed to make up some track position. We were going to take four tires every time unless there was 20 or less to go."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray