Talladega: Jamie McMurray preview

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Familiar Colors: After two weeks of special paint schemes, the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge will be back to its familiar black and red colors. * ...

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Familiar Colors: After two weeks of special paint schemes, the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge will be back to its familiar black and red colors.

* Championship Standings: McMurray and the team slipped one spot in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after finishing 25th last weekend in Phoenix. McMurray currently sits 15th in the standings, just 48 points out of the top 10.

* Talladega Facts: McMurray has been running at the end of every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race he has competed in at Talladega Superspeedway. His best finish at the 2.66-mile track was a ninth-place effort in the 2004 Aaron's 499. He also earned the outside pole in September of 2003.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team will bring Daytona chassis #006 to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. McMurray finished 32nd in the Daytona 500 in this chassis, but ran in the top 10 for most of the race until he was collected in a multi-car incident on lap 184.

* Welcomed guest: Head Coach of the Auburn Tigers, Tommy Tuberville, will be a guest of McMurray's and the Texaco/Havoline team on Sunday at Talladega. In 2004, Coach Tuberville led Auburn to its best season ever as the Tigers won a school record 13 games and captured the SEC Championship and the Nokia Sugar Bowl title.

* 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:

"I've never been a big fan of the superspeedways," said McMurray. "Last April was the only time I've finished in the top 10 at a restrictor-plate track. We've been able to finish every race at Talladega, but something always seems to happen or we get caught up in someone else's wreck. Casey (Mears) tested at Talladega and said he thinks they found some speed. If that's the case, we should be able to run up front and stand a better chance of staying out of trouble. If we want to continue to mount a charge at the top 10, we need to have a good finish this weekend."

Donnie Wingo Quote:

"You don't have to worry about the handling as much in Talladega. The cars we have run here in the past have run well, they just haven't finished well. Jamie is one of the better drafters that I've seen. As long as he can miss the wrecks, we will be fine on Sunday."

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