Homestead: Jamie McMurray preview

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Chassis ...

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Chassis #307: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #307 to compete in the Homestead-Miami 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This is the same car McMurray raced to a fourth-place finish with last weekend at Darlington Raceway. In 10 starts in 2004, chassis #307 has posted four top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

* $1 Million Reasons to Smile: McMurray has clinched 11th place in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points for the 2004 season. As a result, he will walk across the stage in New York City next month and pick up a check for $1 million.

* On a Hot Streak: McMurray has posted nine top-five and 22 top-10 finishes through 35 races this season. He has collected 11 top-10 finishes in the last 13 NEXTEL Cup Series races. In addition, he has won the last two NASCAR Busch Series races.

* Homestead-Miami Facts: In two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway, McMurray has posted one top-10 finish. McMurray also sat on the pole for last year's race.

* Double Duty: McMurray will be pulling double duty this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway as he will pilot the No. 66 Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge for Sunday's NEXTEL Cup race.


Jamie McMurray: "We tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week and had a pretty successful test. We took two cars, and the one we're bringing back for the race, chassis #307, is my favorite car and the one we've had all the good runs with this year. It's the same car we had at Darlington last week.

"It's pretty cool to head into this race knowing that we have 11th place in the points locked up. This Texaco/Havoline team has shown over the last 10 races that we're definitely going to be a contender for the championship next year. Hopefully we can end this season with a victory this weekend."

Donnie Wingo, crew chief: "I can breathe a little easier this week heading into Homestead knowing that we have 11th place in points sown up. I'm really proud of all the guys on this team for their hard work and dedication this year. I think a lot of people were wondering how we were going to perform once Richmond was over and we didn't make The Chase, and I feel like we've shown how strong this team is. Now all we need is to get a win this weekend so I can sleep better during the off season."


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