Homestead: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * Jamie McMurray scored one of his three career Cup poles at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Nov. 2003 - the others coming at Pocono Raceway and Infineon Raceway. * Entering the Ford Championship weekend, McMurray boasts three top-five...

FAST FACTS:
* Jamie McMurray scored one of his three career Cup poles at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Nov. 2003 - the others coming at Pocono Raceway and Infineon Raceway.

* Entering the Ford Championship weekend, McMurray boasts three top-five and four top-10 finishes in the last five races. * In five visits to the 1.5-mile speedway, McMurray has two top-10 finishes.

* In this weekend's Ford 400, the No. 26 Ford Fusion will don the 2009 Crown Royal paint scheme.

* Entering the final race of the 2008 season, McMurray is currently 16th in the Sprint Cup point standings with three top fives and 10 top-10 finishes.

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK-617: Brand-New Chassis
     RK-463: Last outing: Martinsville, Oct. 2007; Finished 32nd

McMurray on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

"It's really hard to believe that we are entering the final race of the season. Our No. 26 Crown Royal team has come a really long way since the beginning of the season. We started out the season with so much bad luck and had to climb our way back into it. The last few months have showed how strong this team really can be. Our cars have been really fast, we've had solid finishes and going into a few of the races, I thought we had a solid chance to win the race. That's in incredible feeling each weekend and gives me and the team the confidence we need going into each weekend. I'm proud of what we have accomplished this season and look forward to running well this weekend and starting the 2009 season out on a strong foot.

"The thing about Homestead-Miami Speedway is you never really think about going there until the week before. It's not really a track that you test at, or worry about. In the past, the Roush Fenway Ford Fusions have run really well there and looking forward to this Ford Championship weekend, I think we have another solid shot. We are taking a brand new chassis this weekend. They've been working on this for a couple of months now. Hopefully, we'll unload well and have a great weekend in our No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

"Our Ford Fusions have been so strong the last few weeks, of course we are looking forward to going to Homestead this weekend. Roush has always done a good job of setting up their cars for the Homestead race. Our program has been so great these last few months that it's kind of disappointing that we are running the last race of the season. I told the guys before the Chase started that I just wanted us to be as strong and competitive as possible the last few races and move ourselves as high up in the points as possible. It's very gratifying to see that we have done exactly that. It should be a great closing weekend for the No. 26 Crown Royal team at Homestead."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
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