KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 28, 2008) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray entered Sunday’s Camping World RV 400 in front of a full hometown crowd. McMurray, who grew up only three hours from Kansas City, started the race from the 17th position. After racing in the top 15 and cracking the top 10 a couple times this afternoon, a misfortunate late run in his No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion left McMurray with a 17th-place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway.
Before a packed crowd of 100,000 fans, pole winner Jimmie Johnson led the 43-car field to the green flag to start the Camping World RV 400. McMurray, who started from the 16th position, quickly worked his way into the top-15 by lap 10.
On lap 13, McMurray came over the radio and told crew chief Larry Carter that the car was really good, but he was just a little tight entering the corners. Carter radioed back to his driver letting him know they would make an air pressure adjustment on the first stop and that his lap times were really good.
As the field began making green flag pit stops on lap 45, Carter and McMurray waited until lap 50 to come down pit road with their teammates. After taking four tires, two cans of a fuel and air pressure adjustments, McMurray returned to the track scored in the 16th position. As the entire field finished pit stops, McMurray moved back into the top 15.
This first caution flag of the afternoon came on lap 75 when the No. 12 car brushed the outside wall. After a routine pit stop on lap 76, McMurray was scored in the 12th position and radioed to his crew the car felt really good.
On lap 87, the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion was scored 10th on the leaderboard. McMurray continued pace top-10 runs until the final run of the race.
After the team’s final pit stop on lap 226, McMurray reported a tight condition in the handling of his No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion. As the run drew on, McMurray continued to radio into Carter, noting the condition was getting worse. When the checkered flag waved on lap 267, Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line first, followed by Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.
“We had a really good car for most of the race and had some pretty good pit stops to back up our run,” said McMurray following the race. “I’m not quite sure what happen on that last run, I don’t know if something broke or not. It felt like we broke a bump rubber, but we’ll have to take it back to the shop this week and figure it out. We were a top 12 or top-10 car today, but that last run really ruined our day. I’m proud of the guys; we had a solid Ford Fusion for most of the race.”
Next weekend the Sprint Cup Series travels south to Talladega Superspeedway. In 12 starts at the 2.66-mile speedway, McMurray has four top-10 finishes under his belt. The No. 26 team will sport a special paint scheme as well next weekend – the No. 26 Bernzomatic Fat Boy Ford Fusion. ABC television and MRN radio affiliates will carry the live race broadcast beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, October 5th.
AMP Energy 500
Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile speedway)
October 5, 2008