Loudon II: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Team Fast Facts: * Points Position: Jamie McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline Team currently sit 13th in the overall standings. They are just 17 points behind 11th-place and their bid to receive the $1 million bonus for...

Texaco/Havoline Team Fast Facts:

* Points Position: Jamie McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline Team currently sit 13th in the overall standings. They are just 17 points behind 11th-place and their bid to receive the $1 million bonus for finishing 11th in the standings for the second consecutive season.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline Team have selected chassis #407 for this weekend's race at New Hampshire Int'l. Speedway. This race will mark the first time the car has been in competition in 2005.

* McMagic Mile Results: McMurray has one-top five and three top-10 finishes in five NEXTEL Cup Series starts at New Hampshire. He finished fifth in this race one year ago.

* Relief Efforts: McMurray, who has a niece with autism, is taking his ongoing commitment to the Autism Society of America (ASA) a step further in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. McMurray is making a $50,000 donation to ASA's relief fund, and is pledging, along with ASA, a long-term, active commitment in the coming months to helping and supporting families of individuals with autism during this relief effort. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.autism-society.org or www.jamiemcmurray.com

* Native New Englanders: Mike Brill, car chief of the No. 42, and Mike "Mongo" Bodick, Gas Man/Rear Mechanic, are originally from the New England area. Brill hails from Woodsville, N.H., and has been with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates since Jan. 2002. Bodick is from Norwalk, Conn., and joined the organization in Dec. of '02.

Jamie McMurray on New Hampshire:

"I really enjoy racing at New Hampshire. We've had some strong runs there and my hope is to repeat those this weekend. We typically run well on flat tracks, so this race should play to our favor. It's extremely hard to pass there though, so we need to post a solid qualifying effort and maintain track position in order for us to come out of there with another top-10 finish.

"Last week's deal was definitely unfortunate. Of course we want to be in 'The Chase' but it just wasn't meant to be. We put ourselves in position to make it and that's all we can ask for. We can't control the actions of others. All we can do now is move on and try to finish out the season strong like we did last year. I'd really like to get a win before the season is over and compete for the million dollar bonus for finishing 11th."

-cgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing