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Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Chassis ...

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Chassis #208: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #208 to compete in the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the same car McMurray raced to a second-place finish with two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway. In four starts in 2004, chassis #208 has posted two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

* Mr. Consistency: McMurray heads into Phoenix sitting 11th in points, 221 points ahead of pursuer Dale Jarrett. McMurray has posted eight top-five and 21 top-10 finishes through 33 races this season. He has posted 10 top-10 finishes in the last 11 NEXTEL Cup Series races.

* Phoenix Facts: McMurray will be making his third NEXTEL Cup Series start at Phoenix this weekend. In two previous starts, he has posted one top-15 finish.

* Double Duty: McMurray will be pulling double duty this weekend in Phoenix as he will pilot the No. 41 Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge for Sunday's NEXTEL Cup race.

Jamie McMurray Quotes:

Phoenix Thoughts: "I'm ready for Phoenix this weekend. We're taking the same car we finished second with at Martinsville two weeks ago, and we tested out in Phoenix a few weeks back to prepare for this weekend's race. I know we've got a good car. Now we just need to get this Texaco/Havoline Dodge into victory lane.

"I know everyone is making a big deal out of the points deal and where we would be if we had made the Chase for the Championship, but I've stopped looking at that. I mean, we've scored 10 top-10 finishes in the last 11 races and are consistently running in the top 10 each week, and I think that speaks for itself. Yeah, it's frustrating not to be in The Chase and to think about the 'what if's,' but we have a solid hold on 11th in points and I really feel like we're laying a very strong and solid foundation for this team for the start of the 2005 season. If we can keep running like this and continue this performance in 2005, we won't have to worry about being the first ones on the outside looking in. We're definitely a top-10 team."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Jamie McMurray