Martinsville: Jamie McMurray preview

HAVOLINE TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Havoline team will race chassis ...


* Chassis: The Havoline team will race chassis #301. This is a new short-track car the team tested with last December in Lakeland, Fla.

* McMurray will be making his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. He tested at the track last fall while subbing for Sterling Marlin in the No. 40 Dodge.

* McMurray and the Havoline team come to Martinsville 22nd in NASCAR Winston Cup Series points and currently lead the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings.

* McMurray got caught in "The Big One" last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and finished the event in 27th place.


"I'm really looking forward to getting to Martinsville this weekend. This will be my first time to race there, but I did have a chance to test there last fall while I was driving the No. 40 car for Sterling (Marlin), and we had a pretty good test. Casey (Mears) tested Martinsville last week, so we have some notes to go off of."

"Having watched races from Martinsville, it looks like it's always an exciting race and it's short-track racing at its best."

"It always seems like qualifying is pretty important at Martinsville too. We get around the track so quick that it doesn't take long to get lapped there. Hopefully we'll have the Havoline Dodge near the front for the start of the race."

"I've also heard a lot about not using up your brakes at Martinsville. This is going to be a race that I'm going to rely a lot on (crew chief) Donnie (Wingo) to help reminder and coach me on saving my brakes. Donnie has a lot of experience at Martinsville."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray