Pocono II: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * In nine starts at the 2.5-mile, tri-oval track, McMurray has one NEXTEL Cup pole and two top-10 finishes. * McMurray's average start at Pocono Raceway is a 14.1, which is his third best qualifying track on the NEXTEL Cup circuit.

FAST FACTS:

* In nine starts at the 2.5-mile, tri-oval track, McMurray has one NEXTEL Cup pole and two top-10 finishes.

* McMurray's average start at Pocono Raceway is a 14.1, which is his third best qualifying track on the NEXTEL Cup circuit. (Behind Sonoma and Martinsville.)

* Last weekend in Indianapolis marked McMurray's 170th career NEXTEL Cup Series start -- in 170 races, McMurray has three poles, two victories, 25 top fives, and 62 top-10 finishes.

* McMurray is currently 15th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings and only 113 points out of the "Chase."

McMurray on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Last time we visited Pocono, I thought we had a pretty good car going into the weekend, but when we put the car on the track, it didn't perform like we thought it would. After the shortened race, we brought back all the data we collected over the weekend and made a lot of changes for this trip back to Pocono. It's a track that I really enjoy racing at even though my results really don't reflect that, I really do. It's a track that is so different from any of the other tracks that we run at.

"This past weekend at Indy, I thought we had a pretty good car, certainly one capable of running in the top 10. However, the bad luck continued. I'm glad we didn't lose that much ground in terms of points, but it's one of those weekends you wish could have played out differently. Hopefully we have worked out all the bad luck and can focus on the upcoming races."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Well, it's no news that we didn't run very well the last time we were at Pocono. We were off base and couldn't make the changes to put a good car on the track. This weekend we are taking the same car back there, but with a lot of changes to the car. We replaced the right-front fender, and made a handful of chassis adjustments to the car. We think we have a lot better car going into Pocono for the second time this season. Last weekend was tough for the guys, but even after we fixed the car we were still running great lap times. Hopefully that is completely behind us and we can work on the races we have coming up."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
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