Richmond: Jamie McMurray preview

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Championship Standings: Jamie McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team secured a spot in the NASCAR Top 10 for a second week in a row following their sixth-place finish at Darlington Raceway. McMurray jumped ...

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Championship Standings: Jamie McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team secured a spot in the NASCAR Top 10 for a second week in a row following their sixth-place finish at Darlington Raceway. McMurray jumped from 10th in the standings to eighth, 302 points behind the leader.

* Richmond Facts: McMurray has just one top-10 finish at Richmond International Raceway in four starts at the track in his NEXTEL Cup Series career. McMurray and the team tested at the .750-mile track last week in preparation for the American Revolution 400.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team will bring chassis #304 to Richmond this weekend. This will be the first time this season that McMurray will run this chassis. However, the team ran this chassis 11 times in 2004 en route to an 11th-place finish in the championship standings.

* $10 Million Man: McMurray reached $10 million in NEXTEL Cup career earnings with his sixth-place finish in Darlington last weekend. He has accumulated one win, 18 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes in 88 NEXTEL Cup starts.

* Double Duty: Jamie McMurray will be pulling double duty this weekend when he gets into the No. 64 Dodge on Friday night for the NASCAR Busch Series race.

* The Joplin, Mo., native finished 11th in points in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series chase.

He posted nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, including 12 top-10 finishes in the last 14 events of the 2004 season.

Jamie McMurray Quote:

On Richmond... "I've run well in the Busch car at Richmond, a lot better in the Busch car than I have in the Cup car. We actually should have run better than that last year and broke a valve spring with 10 or 15 laps to go. We just tested there in the Texaco/Havoline Dodge last week and had a great test. I'm really looking forward to going back."

On the championship standings... "When you get to the racetrack every week you line up by points and you see who is around you. Typically at this point in the season you can't jump five or six spots in one week, but you can right now. It looks like to me that 15 drivers have a shot right now, and when it comes to Richmond again, those last five or six drivers are going to be really close at making the championship. I'd like to see all 15 get in. I guess by being the first guy out last year it was very frustrating, but it's really tight right now and that's exciting. I think a lot of that comes from guys having a season like ours where you show up and run in the top five, and the next week you struggle. It's hard to be consistent this year with the new spoilers and tires. If you're a little bit off this year, you're a long way off. The margin of error in getting your car right is narrower than ever."

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