DOVER, DE (September 21, 2008) – Dover International Raceway is one of Jamie McMurray’s best tracks in the Nationwide Series, with three top-10 finishes in his last five starts heading into Saturday’s Camping World RV Sales 200. McMurray added another top-10 to his record after taking the No. 17 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion to an eighth-place finish.
McMurray struggled in practice, posting only the 24th fastest lap in the final session. Crew chief Pierre Kuettel and the CitiFinancial team made significant changes throughout the day and felt confident heading into Saturday. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was strong in qualifying and McMurray lined up seventh, his fourth-straight top-10 qualifying effort.
Early during the race, McMurray said the No. 17 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “pretty fast.” He broke into the top five on lap 45 and said he was “pretty good.” Running third when the first caution fell, McMurray asked for a slight air pressure adjustment. The CitiFinancial crew went to work changing four tires and picked up a spot on pit road, sending McMurray back on the track in second place.
During the next run, McMurray said the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion took “about 20 laps to get going.” He was still second when the caution came out on lap 98 and Kuettel called his driver in for four fresh tires. McMurray restarted fourth just past the halfway point in the event.
Running fifth on lap 140, McMurray told his team “that’s as good as I can be.” When the next caution fell, Kuettel called for four tires and an air pressure adjustment. The CitiFinancial team struggled on the stop and McMurray was back to 14th on the restart. McMurray began working his way back through the field and was again running in the top 10 by lap 165.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion climbed up to eighth with the laps winding down. Two cautions fell late, leading to a green-white-checkered finish. Without many green flag laps to work with, McMurray was unable to pick up any more spots and when the race ended the No. 17 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion crossed the stripe eighth.
“The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was really fast today,” said McMurray. “For the first two-thirds of the race we probably had the second-best car out there. We fell behind a bit with that last pit stop and with all of those cautions at the end I didn’t have enough time to make up the positions. It was a good day for us though, P.K. and the guys worked really hard this weekend and they gave me a great car.”
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