Michigan: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * In 10 starts at Michigan International Speedway, Jamie McMurray has recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes. * McMurray's first career NASCAR pole award came at MIS in July 2000 when McMurray scored his first...

FAST FACTS:

* In 10 starts at Michigan International Speedway, Jamie McMurray has recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* McMurray's first career NASCAR pole award came at MIS in July 2000 when McMurray scored his first pole in the Craftsman Truck Series.

* HUGE Improvement -- In McMurray's run at MIS last spring, he started the race from the 35th position and improved 27 positions to finish in the top 10.

* In support of Father's Day this weekend, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion with a special Father's Day message on the hood. McMurray's father, Jim McMurray will have his name above the passenger door for this weekend's race at Michigan.

* While success at Michigan hasn't come easily for McMurray, Michigan's "sister track," California Speedway, is statistically his best track. McMurray averages a 13.7 finish and has five top-10 finishes in 10 starts.

McMurray on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"Although I don't have the best track record at Michigan, it's always exciting to go there because I know Roush Fenway will have some of the best cars there. It's something about Michigan that Jack Roush has really figured out. Last spring we had a pretty good run there. We started deep in the field, but were able to climb our way into the top 10.

"Michigan is probably one of the hardest tracks for me to qualify at, but it's also the track where I scored my first NASCAR pole back in 2000 when I was running trucks. I really look back on that weekend and feel that's really when I got my start and when things started moving for me.

"This weekend is also a big weekend for all the dads out there. In support of Father's Day we are running the special Crown Royal Cask No. 16 paint scheme, and the car will even have my Dad's name above the passenger door, and a special hood decal dedicated just to him. I think it's pretty cool and I know my Dad is excited about attending the race this weekend. Hopefully, we can have a good run for Jack and Ford Racing -- it's their backyard track."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"This weekend we are taking the same car that we ran at the Sprint All-Star race a few weeks ago here in Charlotte. While I think we had a pretty good car, we just messed up on the setup of it. I think this weekend, with all of the engineering that both Ford Racing and Jack have put into our intermediate program with this new car; we should have a pretty good effort on Sunday. The No. 26 Crown Royal team has been hit and miss with our intermediate program so far this season. I felt like at Texas we were just a few adjustments away from having a great car, and at Vegas, had we not been caught up in an early accident, I think our day would have turned out a lot better. This weekend, we just need to go out there, focus on getting some good track position, keep the car in one piece, and hopefully get a solid finish in the Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Jack Roush