BUSCH: Charlotte II: Jamie McMurray preview

Mcmurray Seeks To Reign Over The Queen City --Duraflame RWI Racing Driver Returns to Site of First Premier Series Win-- CHARLOTTE, NC (October 11, 2004)--Over the course of the 2004 Busch Series schedule, arguably no team has improved more...

Mcmurray Seeks To Reign Over The Queen City

--Duraflame RWI Racing Driver Returns to Site of First Premier Series Win--

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 11, 2004)--Over the course of the 2004 Busch Series schedule, arguably no team has improved more than Duraflame RWI Racing. Following their season-best 5th place finish in the team's last start at California Speedway, Jamie McMurray, Blake Bainbridge and the team head back east for this week's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The site of this week's event undoubtedly has special significance to McMurray. Following an injury to then NASCAR Premier Series points leader, Sterling Marlin, McMurray took the helm of the #40 Ganassi Dodge in late 2002 and scored a highly emotional victory in only his second-ever NASCAR Premier Series start, the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 at LMS. McMurray's win set a modern-era record for the fewest starts to a first career victory in NASCAR's Premier Series.

Said McMurray, "That win was definitely one of the highlights of my career. Because of it, Lowe's Motor Speedway will always be a very special place for me. I really enjoying running at that track and I hope that it will show in our results on Friday night. Blake and the guys have been putting great cars underneath me the past several weeks. We keep getting better and better. It's just a matter of time before this Duraflame Dodge ends up in victory lane. I really think that this team has a great shot at doing just that this weekend."

Some may discount McMurray's comments as mere optimism, but the statistics show that Duraflame RWI Racing will be one of the teams to watch this weekend. McMurray's Premier Series record at Lowe's Motor Speedway is impressive. It shows one win, two top-five and three top-ten finishes in four Premier Series starts. In addition, McMurray sports two top-five finishes in his last three Busch Series starts at Lowe's, including a runner-up effort in this year's spring event.

Duraflame RWI Racing team owner, Rusty Wallace, has enjoyed much success at Lowe's as well, including victories in the All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the fall 500-mile event during his illustrious career. Most recently, Wallace won the pole position for the 2004 NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Needless to say, he knows what it takes to enjoy success at Lowe's. Wallace likes the progress he sees in his young Busch Series team.

"I really have to say that I'm proud of the progress that this team has made over the last few races. We've gone from having some really poor runs in the beginning of the year to becoming a contender every week the team races. Jamie has done a heck of a job wheeling these hot rods and the team has done a good job of making sure that Jamie has solid cars underneath him. When you look at Jamie's track record at Charlotte and combine it with the progress our team has made over the last couple of months, I really think it shows that Duraflame RWI Racing is going to be one of the teams to beat on Friday night," noted Wallace.

Thursday's 5:30 PM ET single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Friday night's 200 lap, 300 mile race and will be shown live on Speed Channel beginning at 5:30 PM. Friday's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 has an 8:00 PM starting time and will be broadcast live on TNT at 8:00 PM and on PRN Radio, with radio coverage beginning at 7:30 PM.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray