ROCKINGHAM, NC (November 8, 2003) -- Driver Jamie McMurray rocketed the ...
ROCKINGHAM, NC (November 8, 2003) -- Driver Jamie McMurray rocketed the #1 Dodge to his third straight NASCAR Busch Series win at North Carolina Speedway. McMurray led 126 of the 197-lap Target House 200, the final fall race held at "The Rock". Without a fall race in 2004, no one will ever again match McMurray's achievement. Behind McMurray were Martin Truex, Jr. in second place and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. who finished third. David Stremme, the co-driver of the #1 Dodge, also competed in the Target House 200 this weekend behind the wheel of the #30 Braun Racing Dodge. Stremme battled McMurray for the lead early in the race and ultimately finished in fifth place.
McMurray started the race in eighth place and had worked his way to the lead by lap 64. Saturday's race was very different from the spring race that McMurray won. The February race was riddled with cautions and had many pit stops; today's race had only three cautions and three pit stops. "The Miccosukee Yellow Dodge crew did exactly what needed to be done today," McMurray said. "They had fantastic pit stops that kept my track position, and gave me a strong car from the start.
McMurray's three peat was thrilling - for himself and his team. "There were several times during the race when I really had to drive my guts out to keep the lead. The car was much faster on new tires, and the cautions just seemed to come out right when someone was catching me, so we could get new tires on the car."
McMurray also had the chance to race against teammate David Stremme, another thrill for McMurray and the #1 team. "It was a lot of fun having David and Casey (Mears) fighting with me for position. It's not often that I get to compete with them, and if I have to fight someone for the win, I sure would like for it to be with my teammates.
"I absolutely love this track and I am honored to have the trophy from the final fall event here. When I won last fall it wasn't because I had the best car, it's because the best cars wrecked with two laps to go," McMurray said. "In the spring we dominated with Team Yellow, and today we did as well. I couldn't sleep last night because I was so excited about running this Busch Series race today."
Stremme's participation in the Rockingham race and his fifth place run helped solidify his lead in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year competition. "The Braun team offered me the opportunity to get some track experience at Rockingham," Stremme said. "I want to thank James Finch and Yellow for supporting my being in another car this weekend. I am glad not only for the seat time, but for the chance to continue my run for Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year as well." Stremme led for 48 laps, the second most led in the race behind McMurray.
The final NASCAR Busch Series race of the season will be the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 15th. Driver Jamie McMurray will be behind the wheel of the #1 Dodge with Yellow Transportation as an associate sponsor. Co-driver David Stremme will again race in a Braun car, continuing his run for the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year. The race will be aired live on NBC and broadcast live on MRN at Noon E.D.T.