Richmond: Jamie McMurray preview

* The Up and Up -- With his second top-five finish of the season, Jamie McMurray moved up five spots in the NEXTEL Cup point standings to seventh. The biggest gain of all drivers over the Talladega weekend. * A Crown Royal Weekend -- McMurray...

* The Up and Up -- With his second top-five finish of the season, Jamie McMurray moved up five spots in the NEXTEL Cup point standings to seventh. The biggest gain of all drivers over the Talladega weekend.

* A Crown Royal Weekend -- McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion in this weekend's "Crown Royal presents the Jim Stewart 400"

* McMurray has only recorded two top-10 finishes at the .75-mile speedway. His best finish came in Sept. 2004 when he finished ninth.

* McMurray's average finish in nine races this season is 16.0 -- sixth best among all active drivers with nine starts.

* McMurray has recorded two top five and five top-10 finishes this 2007 season.

McMurray on racing at Richmond International Raceway:

"Well, when the No. 26 tested at Richmond a few weeks ago, we didn't have the best test session -- actually, none of the Roush Fenway Racing cars did. However, I think we did learn a lot at the test and have had a few meetings back at the shop since then. I think with all the data we collected we have a pretty good idea of what we need to change to make our cars run better. Larry (Carter) and I have sat down and talked a lot about our plan for Richmond and I think we have a good setup heading into the weekend. In the past COT races we were a little weary going into the race, but came out pretty well at the end and hopefully this weekend won't be any different. This is a huge weekend for Crown Royal and I'm excited to be a part of it. To have a race named after a consumer is a pretty big deal. Jim (Stewart) and I hung out a little bit in Daytona and I know he is excited about the coming race. Hopefully, we can go out there and run well for Crown Royal and maybe even put our No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion in the top five again, or better yet, a win."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Richmond International Raceway:

"The Crown Royal team is taking a brand new car to Richmond this weekend. It's a new car that has only been tested. We tested this car for two days at Richmond and it served as our backup in Phoenix. We tested two cars during the Richmond test and this one was clearly better than the other. We brought it back to the shop and worked on the body as much as we could and made some additional changes hoping to make it turn a little easier for Jamie. The problem was the car wouldn't turn in the center of the corners. I think we have that problem solved. Hopefully the car will run like it has at the other COT races this season. Another top-five finish for this No. 26 Crown Royal team would be huge, not only for us, but for Jamie and Crown Royal as well."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray
Teams Roush Fenway Racing