McMurray wins truck race at Martinsville Jamie McMurray's victory Sunday in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway gave Dodge a 140-131 advantage over Chevrolet in the season-long manufacturers standings with three races remaining. Bobby ...
McMurray wins truck race at Martinsville
Jamie McMurray's victory Sunday in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway gave Dodge a 140-131 advantage over Chevrolet in the season-long manufacturers standings with three races remaining. Bobby Hamilton finished 26th in the No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram and fell to second in the standings, one point behind Dennis Setzer. Ted Musgrave finished fifth and remained third in the standings but pulled within 91 points of the leader.
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram) -- Winner
"I've been real fortunate to get in really good equipment. We had a really good truck here. We've been good every time we've been in it. We just haven't been able to put that win together. It's real cool to get it here at Martinsville. This is probably one of my favorite racetracks. I love to come here. It's different than the typically mile and a halves we go to every week. They did a great job repaving the track. It's really special to get the win here. It's harder to pass here than in the past. Every time they repave a racetrack it seems to take awhile. I could see I could catch those guys, but I really didn't know if I was going to be able to pass 'em. They tangled up, and track position was real important. We've tried to take the setup from the truck and put it in the car in the past and every time we do it it's so loose I couldn't drive it. It's definitely a momentum builder going into tomorrow. They've got really good equipment and the crew chief does a great job. He makes good calls. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It worked today.
"I've said this five times today, but I've been really fortunate to get to drive for people that have equipment capable of winning, whether it's Jim's truck or James Finch's Busch car or Chip and Felix's Cup car. You can't do it without good equipment.
"This place is so tight. When guys get spun out, and everyone does it, you just mash the gas and try to spin all the way around. You try to figure out which way to go and sometimes you make the wrong decision. It's so close. You get run into from behind and you run into the guy in front of you.
"I could see that I was catching those guys (24 and 16) but not fast enough. When I saw the 16 trying to pass the 24, I knew the leader wasn't going to let him go. I was on the inside of Rick Crawford coming off of two, and I heard my spotter say, 'you're the leader.' He said stay low and you're the leader.
"That was my fault (at New Hampshire), so I wasn't mad at anybody. All of these racetracks, it doesn't seem like it matters where you go, but track position is so key. It was that way at Loudon, Richmond and it was that way here. I wanted to pit as soon as I could and wait for a lot of cautions. I thought if I could get out front they couldn't pass me. It was very disappointing at Loudon to run out of gas, but we had a fourth or fifth-place truck. Today, I thought we had a second or third-place truck."