McMurray Ready To Rumble in Thunder Valley --Duraflame RWI Racing Seeks to Mirror Owner's Bristol Success-- BRISTOL, TN (August 24, 2004)--Bristol and Wallace: the two words have become almost synonymous in NASCAR racing over the years.
McMurray Ready To Rumble in Thunder Valley
--Duraflame RWI Racing Seeks to Mirror Owner's Bristol Success--
BRISTOL, TN (August 24, 2004)--Bristol and Wallace: the two words have become almost synonymous in NASCAR racing over the years. Duraflame RWI Racing driver, Jamie McMurray, realizes this and hopes that some of his car owner's Bristol magic will rub off on him in this weekend's Food City 250.
Said McMurray, "Rusty (Wallace)'s had a great track record over the years at Bristol, that's for sure. He's been the man to beat there as long as I can remember, but Bristol's been pretty kind to me recently too. I think I've had a top-five and a top-ten in the last two Cup races there. I know that Blake Bainbridge and the guys will put a great car underneath me. Hopefully, with a little luck and some of that magic Rusty always seems to have at Bristol, the Duraflame Dodge will wind up in victory lane on Friday night."
McMurray, Bainbridge and the rest of Duraflame RWI Racing recently tested at Bristol Motor Speedway and found positive results.
"We went to Bristol a few weeks back and had a really productive test. We found a few issues that weren't quite right on the car and were able to get them fixed. That test saved us from having to spend a lot of unnecessary time on race weekend and is going to let us really focus on our setups when we get on the track for practice. I'm really confident about this team and this car. Our run at Loudon a few weeks back and Rusty's top-ten last week at Michigan have really shown that this team is for real and is capable of running up front. There's no reason that success can't continue this weekend in Bristol," noted McMurray.
Duraflame RWI Racing team owner, Rusty Wallace, undoubtedly has a special place in his heart for Bristol Motor Speedway.
Stated Wallace, "I'll tell you what, Bristol's been so good to me over the years. When I won my first Cup race there in 1986, I never dreamed that I'd have 8 more of those huge trophies sitting in my trophy room. Honestly, if it weren't for dumb luck, we'd have another three or four, but that's just the way it goes. No matter how the rest of the season is going, I always look forward to Bristol. I just have a feel for that place. It's not just the race track, but I love the people and the atmosphere up there too. All of my car dealerships are up there and I have a lot of friends in that area. It's kind of like a homecoming of sorts for me. I've won so much at Bristol as a driver, it'd be really cool to win there as a car owner too. I know that Blake and Barry will have that Duraflame hot rod ready to rock and you can bet that Jaime will definitely drive the wheels of it. I think with a little luck, you could see that Duraflame Dodge in victory lane on Friday night."
Thursday's 3:15 PM ET single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Friday's 250 lap, 133.25 mile race and will be shown live on Speed Channel at 3:00 PM ET. Friday's Food City 250 has an 8:00 PM ET starting time and will be broadcast live on TNT at 8:00 PM ET and on PRN Radio, with radio coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
Rusty Wallace's youngest son, Stephen, is looking to add yet another Wallace name to the Bristol record books as he will attempt to qualify for Wednesday night's Food City 150 for the Hooters ProCup Series. Stephen will be driving a car entered by Premiere Motorsports and sponsored by Bayliner Boats, Opti-Gloss, Geico and Food City. Spotting for Stephen will be none other than Duraflame RWI Racing driver, Jaime McMurray. Wednesday's race will mark Stephen's first career Hooters ProCup start. Check local listings for airtimes on Speed Channel. On September 25th, Stephen will make another Bristol attempt in to the Food City 150 presented by Frito Lay, a 150-lap event for the UARA-STARS series. Stephen will be driving a Maurice Petty-powered Dodge, owned by his father, in that event.