McMurray Tabbed To Drive Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at Richmond MOORESVILLE, NC (September 8, 2004) - NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jamie McMurray will make a return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge...
McMurray Tabbed To Drive Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge at Richmond
MOORESVILLE, NC (September 8, 2004) - NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jamie McMurray will make a return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge in the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday September 9th. McMurray replaces Andy Houston in the Ultra Motorsports prepared entry.
"We are thrilled to have someone of Jamie's caliber climb behind the wheel of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge," said Jim Smith, owner of Ultra Motorsports. "Jamie has proven over the course of the past couple of seasons that he can compete with the best in the business, and we look forward to having him drive for Ultra Motorsports. His input and talent will provide a real boost to our team, and I am confident that we can be very competitive with Jamie right out of the box."
McMurray is no stranger to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition. On May 22, 1999, he made his Craftsman Truck Series debut at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo. The Joplin, Mo. native was behind the wheel for 16 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in 2000. He won Bud Pole Awards at the Michigan Speedway and Nashville Speedway USA. He posted one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His best finish was third place at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
2002 was a breakout year for McMurray in the NASCAR Busch Series. He scored two victories (Atlanta and Rockingham), six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and finished sixth in the final Busch Series point standings. McMurray served notice that he was a force to contend with when he scored his first NASCAR Cup victory in only his second start on October 13, 2002 in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.
McMurray has extra incentive to learn as much as he can while driving the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge during Thursday's Kroger 200. He is locked in a tight duel for the final few spots in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship. With his fourth place finish at California Speedway on Sunday night, McMurray has climbed into the 11th position and sits only 25 points out of the 10th and final position in NASCAR's new playoff format.
"I heard Ryan Newman say if you could finish in the top five in the last two races you could more than likely make it," McMurray said after the California race. "I don't think either one of us were thinking everyone else would finish in the top five with us, but it was a good night. I thought after Happy Hour we had a top-five car time-wise, and it drove great. We changed a lot of stuff, and crew chief Donnie Wingo earned his year's salary tonight."