Michigan II: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing race report

McMurray and Team Maintain Point's Position with 20th-Place Finish at Michigan Brooklyn, Mich. (Aug. 16, 2010) -- Jamie McMurray and the No.1 Team welcomed new partner Philips Norelco, and one of their newest products, the Bodygroom Pro as ...

McMurray and Team Maintain Point's Position with 20th-Place Finish at Michigan

Brooklyn, Mich. (Aug. 16, 2010) -- Jamie McMurray and the No.1 Team welcomed new partner Philips Norelco, and one of their newest products, the Bodygroom Pro as sponsor of their Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winning Chevrolet this weekend as the team returned to Michigan International Speedway. Coming off an impressive sixth-place run at Watkins Glen, which propelled them two positions to 15th in the points, looked to put together a more impressive run than the last time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) ran at the speedway located just outside of Detroit.

The team sat on the outside pole for the June edition of the Michigan event and looked to have a fast race car, as they quickly laid down the second-fastest lap, out of the truck as the NSCS took to the track for practice on Friday. However, the race-trim speed didn't transfer to the team's qualifying setup and the No.1 Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro Chevrolet would qualify in the 19th-postiion for Sunday's Carfax 400.

As the 400-mile event started, McMurray would quickly complain of handling issues, which went from "extremely loose" early, to "too tight" as the race wore on. This was the story of the day for the No.1 Team, but their continued fight to keep their driver in the hunt for a top-20 position would allow McMurray to finish ahead of two competitors that he is currently competing with for a berth in the top-12. McMurray would finish in the 20th position, ahead of Mark Martin (28th) and Ryan Newman (23rd), (currently 13th and 14th respectively in the points). The finish helps McMurray inch closer to the two competitors ahead of him, but the team would not be able to gain on their deficit from the coveted 12th position-the cutoff for the chase.

The finish maintained McMurray's position of 15th in the 2010 NSCS point's standings, now sitting 105 points back from 12th-the cutoff for the chase. Competitors Mark Martin and Ryan Newman, 13th and 14th respectively, now sit 35 and 103 points back from 12th. The No.1 Team towards "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," in Bristol Motor Speedway.

-source: egr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman , Jamie McMurray , Mark Martin
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing