CONCORD, N.C. (May 17, 2008) – After winning the summer race at Daytona International Speedway last July, Jamie McMurray automatically qualified himself for the 2008 Sprint All-Star Race. After starting the 100 lap race from the sixth position, McMurray battled an ill-handling race car all evening. When the checkered flag dropped for race winner Kasey Kahne, the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion came across the line in the 19th position.
On Friday afternoon, the teams were given one practice session, followed by an interesting qualifying format. During qualifying each driver had to complete three laps, and a full four tire pit stop. The No. 26 Crown Royal team clicked off a 13-second pit stop and helped McMurray secure a sixth-place starting position.
Before packed hometown crowd, 24 “All-Star” drivers took the green flag for what would be a four 25-lap segment race. Early into the first segment of the evening McMurray noted the car was extremely loose in both ends of the race track. Following the first segment, McMurray came down pit road for service. The No. 26 Crown Royal team changed four tires, added one can of fuel as well adding two rubbers to the left rear spring of the car.
Back on the race track, McMurray, who was scored in the 13th position radioed to crew chief Larry Carter that the car still felt too loose, as if something was broken on the car.
Per the rules of the Sprint All-Star race, after the second segment, the teams would receive a 10 minute break to make any needed adjustments to their cars. During the break, the Crown Royal teams made adjustments to the right-front shock, as well as changing four tires and making a track bar adjustment, in hopes of tightening up McMurray’s machine.
The changes did not help the handling of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion, and relegated the No. 26 team to a disappointing 19th-place finish in tonight’s race.
“I don’t know what happen tonight to our No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion,” said McMurray following the race. “During both the two-day test out here, as well as in practice yesterday, the car never felt loose. Early into the race tonight the car continued to get worse and worse, and no matter what we tried, we just couldn’t tighten up the car enough to run the laps times we needed to out there. We’ll take it back to the shop this week, and take a look at what happen, and hopefully have the problem fixed before we come back out here next weekend for the Coca-Cola 600.”
The No. 26 Crown Royal team will enjoy another week at home in Charlotte, N.C. and prepare for the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway next Sunday. The marathon, 600 mile race will begin at 5:30pm on FOX and PRN.
Lowe’s Motor Speedway (1.5-mile speedway)
Saturday, May 25, 2008
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Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating 13 motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.