DOVER, Del. (June 1, 2008) – In this afternoon’s Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks, Jamie McMurray made it a top-10 day. After starting fifth and running in the top-10 all day, McMurray finished off the special autism awareness weekend with a solid top-10 finish at the “Monster Mile” – Dover International Speedway located in Dover, Del.
On Friday afternoon leading into the special autism awareness weekend at Dover International Speedway, Crown Royal and the Jamie McMurray Foundation teamed up to announce a combined donation to the Autism Society of Delaware of $25,000. Following the announcement, McMurray qualified fifth for Sunday’s race.
Before an estimated crowd of 133,000 fans, Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle led the field to the green flag. McMurray, who started on the inside of row three quickly settled into his preferred groove around the one-mile concrete speedway.
On lap 17th, a 12 car accident happened in turn two, forcing NASCAR to display the red flag for 17 minutes. During the break, McMurray radioed into crew chief Larry Carter, noting the car was a bit too loose both entering and exiting the corner. During the first pit stop on lap 23, the No. 26 Crown Royal team changed four tires, added one can of fuel and made a slight wedge adjustment.
McMurray restarted 12th, but was quickly able to race his way back into the top 10. After turning a few laps in the next run, McMurray noted the car was still loose, but was a lot better than where they started the day. During the next pit stop on lap 68, Carter called for an air pressure adjustment in hopes of tightening up McMurray’s No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion.
Throughout the afternoon, the No. 26 Ford Fusion remained solidly in the top 10. On lap 321, while the rest of leaders were making green flag pit stops, McMurray came across the start/finish line as the leader. On the very next lap, McMurray came down pit road for final service of the day.
During the final run of the race, McMurray noted the car tightened up a little too much, but was still able to maintain both speed and position on the track. When the checkered flag flew for Kyle Busch, the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion crossed the line in the 10th position; McMurray’s second top-10 finish of the 2008 season.
“We had a great day in our No. 26 Crown Royal Fusion,” said McMurray following the race. “For most of the afternoon we ran around the fifth and sixth position, but unfortunately we finished 10th. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy with a top-10 finish, but I certainly wish we could have finished a little better than where we did. Overall, I was really happy with our run today.”
McMurray’s top-10 finish in today’s race moved him up one position to 22nd in the Sprint Cup point standing. Next weekend, the series travels north to Pocono Raceway. Last week the No. 26 team completed a two-day test before flying to Dover. This week, the team will prepare for the upcoming Pocono 500.
Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile speedway)
Long Pond, Pa.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
About Roush Fenway Racing
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.