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September 22, 2008 1:02 AM

McMurray's Top Finish Ruined by Mid-Race Accident

DOVER, Del. (September 21, 2008) – After starting from the ninth position in this afternoon’s Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray wasted no time making it to the front of the pack.  By lap 30, the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools led the field for more than 33 laps.  However, trouble struck for the No. 26 team when McMurray was hit in the side by the No. 7 car on lap 162.  After extensive repairs in the garage, the No. 26 limped home in the 36th position.

The weekend started out on a high note for the No. 26 team after posting the eighth fastest time in opening practice and qualifying ninth for Sunday’s 400-lap race around the track dubbed the “Monster Mile.”  After two great practices on Saturday and a top-10 run for McMurray in Saturday’s Nationwide race, Sunday was looking bright for the No. 26 team. 

After starting from the ninth position, McMurray one-by-one picked off positions on the track until the final car on lap 30 to put the No. 26 atop the scoreboard.  McMurray maintained control of the lead until the caution flag was displayed on lap 64 for a wreck behind the No. 26 Ford Fusion. 

During the first pit stop of the day, crew chief Larry Carter called for four tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment to McMurray’s machine.  After the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools team completed service, McMurray returned to the track scored in the fifth position. 

On the ensuing run, McMurray wasted no time piloting his No. 26 Ford Fusion back to the front of the pack – this time settling in behind teammate Matt Kenseth for second place.  The Roush Fenway duo continued pace the field until the caution flag was displayed on lap 142 when the No. 88 car spun coming off turn four. 

During the caution period, Carter radioed McMurray down pit road for four tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment.  Following the sub-par stop, McMurray returned to the track scored in the sixth position.

Just 15 laps into the following run as McMurray was again making his way to the front of the pack, the No. 26 was hit on the inside by the No. 7 car who lost control going into turns three and four.  Contact from the No. 7 car pushed McMurray into the outside retaining wall and left the No. 26 Ford Fusion with extensive front-end damage.

After a stop on pit road, McMurray wheeled his No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion into the garage for further service.  After 25 laps worth of service in the garage, the No. 26 returned to track scored in the 42nd position.  During the final run of the afternoon, the No. 26 team was able to pick up six spots on the speedway to finish 36th for the day.

“What a disappointing day for the No. 26 IRWIN Tools team,” said McMurray following the race.  “Once again we had a really fast car, but couldn’t finish the race.  This was probably one of the best cars we’ve had all season.  We were taken out of the race early by the No. 7 car, but we shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with.  We needed better pit stops.  Had we had the pit stops we needed, we never would have been put in that position.”

The No. 26 team remains 19th in the Sprint Cup point standings after Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway.  Next weekend, McMurray returns to his “hometown” track – Kansas Speedway.  Prior to the race in Kansas, the No. 26 team will have a two-day test at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in preparation for the upcoming race.  Sunday’s race broadcast will air on both ESPN and MRN beginning at 2:00pm (Eastern).

NEXT UP:
Camping World RV 400
Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile speedway)
Kansas City, Kan.
Sunday, September 28, 2008

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