Watkins Glen: Jamie McMurray preview

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge * Chassis ...

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

* Chassis #310: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #310 to compete in the Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. This is the same road-course car McMurray scored a second-place finish with in June at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

* The Chase is On: McMurray heads into Watkins Glen sitting 14th in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points, 109 points out of the NASCAR Top 10 and the Chase for the Championship. The Joplin, Mo. native has posted four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes through the first 21 races of the 2004 season.

* Flashback: McMurray and the Texaco/Havoline team were sitting 21st in points at this point last season with three top-five and five top-10 finishes.

* Last Year in Watkins Glen: McMurray qualified 29th and finished 22nd in his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Watkins Glen International last year (8/10/03).

Jamie McMurray Quotes:

Watkins Glen Thoughts: "After our second-place finish in Sonoma, I'm really looking forward to Watkins Glen this weekend. We're taking the same road-course car that we had in Sonoma, so we should be in good shape."

"You drive Watkins Glen different than you do Sonoma. Sonoma is all about finesse, while Watkins Glen is more about how far you can be out of control and still be fast. It's definitely two different style road courses."

"We gained some ground on the top 10 in points after our seventh-place finish in Indy, but we're going to need some of those guys to have some bad luck in the next stretch of races in order to gain enough points to make it into the top 10. The next five races are definitely going to be exciting."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray