LOUDON, NH (September 18, 2004) Jamie McMurray's chance for victory went up in fumes just five laps shy of the checkered flag in Saturday's Sylvania 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. McMurray...
LOUDON, NH (September 18, 2004) Jamie McMurray's chance for victory went up in fumes just five laps shy of the checkered flag in Saturday's Sylvania 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. McMurray surrendered the lead to eventual winner Travis Kvapil on lap 188 after a spirited duel between McMurray's No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge and Kvapil's Toyota. With darkness closing in, the Dodge's tank ran dry on lap 195.
"We came here to win, and we weren't about to back out for a splash of fuel. With one more caution, we could have delivered," McMurray said after the event. "Over the last 20 laps, we raced each other pretty hard, and it's tough to save fuel when that's going on. I've had two good races with the Ultra Motorsports team. This truck series is really a lot of fun."
McMurray qualified his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge in the sixth position during Friday's qualifying session. It was the second straight good qualifying run for the Ultra Motorsports entry. McMurray won his third career NCTS pole last week at Richmond International Raceway.
"It was really hard to get out of the Cup car and qualify the truck," McMurray said after qualifying at New Hampshire. "The speed is so much different. The truck was good. I just really didn't drive it hard enough. We had practiced a lot faster, but I thought we would be good for the race."
The start of the race was rain-delayed for several hours, and the first 36 laps were run under yellow flag conditions. McMurray's Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge was strong throughout the event. He was fourth at the halfway mark and on lap 138 had moved into the lead, which he held until he was pressured by Kvapil on lap 178. McMurray was able to regain the lead on lap 179 and held it until lap 188 when Kvapil once again powered past him. Fuel woes struck as McMurray was gathering himself for a charge to the finish.
The next stop for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday September 25th. The event will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio at 10:00pm ET. Brandon Miller will be behind the wheel of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge.