Las Vegas: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * McMurray in Mexico: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team returned home from their inaugural Busch Series event in Mexico City earlier this week. Qualifying 14th, McMurray finished a disappointing 33rd after ...

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* McMurray in Mexico: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team returned home from their inaugural Busch Series event in Mexico City earlier this week. Qualifying 14th, McMurray finished a disappointing 33rd after spending most of the day inside the top-10.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team have brought chassis #403 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chassis #403 spent most of 2004 as the team's backup car but was tested and raced for the first time at the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on February 27.

* Las Vegas Facts: McMurray has competed in all three NASCAR Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In six starts, he finished fourth in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition at Las Vegas last year and holds one top-15 in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition in 1999.

* McMurray Notes: McMurray heads into Las Vegas in 17th place in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points after clinching his first top-five of the year (fourth) in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway.

* The Joplin, Mo. native finished 11th in points in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series chase posting 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:

Thoughts on Las Vegas: "We tested in Vegas several weeks ago, and I feel like we learned a lot of things during the test that we took back to the shop to make the Charger strong for the Vegas race. We're taking the same car to Las Vegas that gave me such a great run in California and my first top-five of the year, so I'm pretty excited about our chances. I feel like we're starting out the 2005 season with the right momentum on our side."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray