Rockingham: Jamie McMurray preview

HAVOLINE TEAM FACTS: * Chassis: The Havoline team will race chassis ...


* Chassis: The Havoline team will race chassis #304. This is a new car that the team tested with earlier this month at North Carolina Speedway.

* McMurray and the No. 42 Havoline team made their debut together last weekend in the Daytona 500 and scored a 31st-place finish after struggling with the handling of the car.

* McMurray set the NASCAR world on its head last fall after winning in only his second Winston Cup start at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In his six Winston Cup starts last season, McMurray scored one victory, one top-five, two top-10 and three top-15 finishes.

* McMurray won the NASCAR Busch Series race last fall at North Carolina Speedway and finished 15th last fall in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race.


"I'm really looking forward to getting to Rockingham," McMurray said. "Rockingham has always been one of my favorite tracks. It's a track where the driver really gets to drive the car and it's where setup and handling are key."

"Tire management is also key at Rockingham," McMurray added. "The track is abrasive and you have to be able to run consistent lap times over a long green-flag run."

"It also feels good to be able to come back to a track where you have been successful," McMurray said. "I was able to win the Busch race last fall in Rockingham and hopefully we can put the Havoline Dodge in victory lane this weekend too."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray