McMURRAY DOMINANT IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN
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Jeff Dowling No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevrolet SS
Shayna Keller No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Results (with starting pos.) Sprint All-Star Race - Charlotte Motor Speedway
1. (18) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet SS
2. (5) Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford
3. (4) Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota
8. (20) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevrolet SS
Results (with starting pos.) Sprint Showdown - Charlotte Motor Speedway
1. (2) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevrolet SS
2. (4) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., No. 17 Ford
3. (6) Jeff Burton, No. 31 Chevrolet SS
6. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
BASS PRO SHOPS TEAM DOMINATES IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN, THEN ADVANCES TO SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE
Montoya and Team Target Finish Sixth in the Sprint Showdown
CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2012) – Teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya started second and third for the Sprint Showdown race and were a dominate presence from the start of the 40-lap qualifying race. McMurray would jump out front at the start and would not relinquish the lead throughout the two segments of the race while Montoya ran up in the top-five until a pit road penalty occurred in between the two 20-lap segments and would ultimately finish the race in the sixth position but did not advance to the Sprint All-Star race.
After winning the Sprint Showdown, the Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation (BPS/NWTF) team quickly made adjustments to the No. 1 Chevy SS and prepared the car for the 90-lap Sprint All-Star race. The Sprint All-Star race was run in five segments; four 20-lap segments and one final 10-lap run to the $1 million payday.
McMurray would start the Sprint All-Star race from the 20th position. The No. 1 BPS/NWTF driver quickly showed that he would have a car to compete among the leaders in the All-Star event. By the completion of the first 20-lap segment McMurray had advanced up to 11th-place. The No. 1 Chevy SS would race among the top-10 the rest of the way advancing as high as eighth-place, before being assessed a pit road penalty under caution on lap 68. McMurray would quickly recover after going to the back of the field, and bring the BPS/NWTF Chevy SS home with an eighth-place finish.
“We had a really good car tonight”, commented McMurray following the All-Star race. “In the Sprint Showdown we were able to get out in clean air and had no problems at all. I am proud to be able to put the Bass Pro Shops Chevy up front and get the win to transfer into the All-Star race. We were able to pass a lot of cars in the All-Star race, but we just didn’t have enough time to race back up to the front after the penalty on pit road. Overall a really good night for our team and I look forward to coming back here next week.”
• This was McMurray’s sixth start in the Sprint Showdown
• McMurray has now transferred from the Sprint Showdown into the Sprint All-Star race twice. McMurray finished second in 2009 to advance
• McMurray lead all 40 green flag laps of the Sprint Showdown tonight
• Danica Patrick was the Sprint fan vote winner and advanced into the Sprint All-Star race
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race at Charlotte Motor Speedway again next weekend. The Coca-Cola 600 will run on Sunday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. ET and air on FOX and radio stations affiliated with PRN.
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