Frustrated in Phoenix. AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 10, 2002) --- Jamie McMurray leaves Phoenix International Raceway a frustrated man. For the second day in a row, McMurray was involved in an early race incident that saw his chances of a solid run...
Frustrated in Phoenix.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 10, 2002) --- Jamie McMurray leaves Phoenix International Raceway a frustrated man. For the second day in a row, McMurray was involved in an early race incident that saw his chances of a solid run disappear. McMurray and the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge team finished the Checker Auto Parts 500 in the 40th position.
After qualifying 12th on the starting grid, McMurray radioed his crew in the opening laps that his No. 40 Coors Light machine was "really tight." By lap 22 McMurray was running in 16th place. On lap 25, McMurray's day took a downhill turn as he made contact with the car of Ken Schrader heading into turn four.
McMurray's No. 40 machine slapped the outside wall, causing extensive rear-end damage to the Coors Light Dodge. McMurray would soon head to the garage to allow the crew to make the needed repairs. After spending several laps in the garage, McMurray re-entered the race on lap 68 in the 43rd position.
The remainder of the event would be a game of survival for McMurray as he tried to gain positions as cars retired from the event. McMurray was successful in his mission, as he picked up three positions in the finishing order.
"This has not been a good weekend," McMurray said. "I was involved in early race accidents in both the Busch and Cup races. This sport can be very humbling. We've been on a high the past few weeks, but this is all part of it. You'll have bad days with the good ones. Just hopefully you'll have more good ones."
"I'm also glad we were able to come in and make the repairs so we could finish the race. This team is still in the car owner points championship battle, so at least we were able to gain a few positions on the track."
McMurray and the Coors Light team now set their sights on the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway for the running of the Ford 400 next weekend.