McMurray Masters Road Course in Sonoma with Second-Place Finish SONOMA, Calif., (June 27, 2004) --- In only his second road course start at Infineon Raceway, Jamie McMurray proved to be a quick-learning student as the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline...
McMurray Masters Road Course in Sonoma with Second-Place Finish
SONOMA, Calif., (June 27, 2004) --- In only his second road course start at Infineon Raceway, Jamie McMurray proved to be a quick-learning student as the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge finished in second place today in the Dodge/Save Mart 350.
The second-place finish is McMurray's best finish of the season and is his fourth top-five of 2004. McMurray jumped up two positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings and now sits 11th in points, only 82 points out of the NASCAR Top 10.
"I hit every curve as hard as I could and jumped them," McMurray said. "When I got behind Jeff (Gordon), it seemed like the harder you try here the slower you go, so I thought I was going to just try to do what Jeff was doing. I was going to try to miss the curves and just do what I could, and I just kept getting slower. So I started back hitting the curves and running out of control and we were faster."
"I'm a fan of road racing," McMurray added. "I think a lot of it is mental and I kept a positive attitude and everything seemed to click. We came here and tested and that helped a lot. I'm excited that we were able to have such a strong run for everyone at Texaco/Havoline since this track is close to their headquarters."
After qualifying 11th, McMurray quickly maneuvered his way through the winding road course as the Texaco/Havoline Dodge was running in the fifth position by lap 20.
During a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 34, McMurray headed to pit road and was serviced with four tires and fuel. Lightning fast work by the Texaco/Havoline crew helped McMurray leave pit road in fourth place.
By lap 55 the Texaco/Havoline Dodge was maintaining fourth position as McMurray radioed that his car was a little loose. During another scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 68, an air pressure adjustment was made to correct the loose condition.
With 30 laps remaining in the race, McMurray had advanced into the second position as he had his sights set on race leader Jeff Gordon.
As the race reached the final stages, McMurray continued to run second and when the checkered flag fell, the Texaco/Havoline Dodge crossed the finish line in second place.
Next up for the Texaco/Havoline team is the fast, high-banked superspeedway at Daytona International Speedway for the running of the Pepsi 400 this Saturday night.