1 JAMIE MCMURRAY, Chevrolet
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
WHERE HE STANDS: 16th. Must win the Richmond race to qualify for the Chase.
RICHMOND RECORD: Four top-10 finishes in 23 starts including a fourth in the fall race a year ago.
LOOKING AHEAD: McMurray feels "the biggest challenge at Richmond is tire management. Richmond is a lot of fun when your car is good, because there is a lot of fall-off with the tires during the course of a long green-flag run. It is completely different from any of the other short tracks that we run at."
LOOKING BACK: McMurray finished 12th at Atlanta. "We started out pretty good tonight (as he raced his way into the top 10), but after our first pit stop the track seemed to change a ton," said McMurray. "I struggled to get the Cessna Chevy to turn through the center (of the corners) all night. We got caught on pit road twice when the cautions came out so we had to make up a lot of ground from the tail-end of the field. Our guys never gave up and kept adjusting on the car. We were able to take new tires before the first green-white-checkered attempt and that helped us gain a few positions to come up with a 12th-place finish."
ETC.: McMurray said a "lot of people ask me about added pressure of winning leading into this last race before the cut-off to make the Chase to the NASCAR Sprint Cup. I don't feel any added pressure for our team. The goal is to win every week, so this will be just like the first race of the season. We have tried to win at each race since the Daytona 500."