FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT RICHMOND FOR CESSNA TEAM
Results (starting pos.) from Richmond International Raceway
1. (26) Carl Edwards, No. 99 Ford
4. (7) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
16. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
McMURRAY PILOTS THE CESSNA CHEVROLET TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT RICHMOND
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 17, 2013) – Richmond International Raceway (RIR) was the site for the 26th and final race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) to determine the 12 drivers that will make up the field for the 10-race Chase to the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The No.1 Cessna team had a strong car throughout the weekend at the .75-mile D-shaped oval. Jamie McMurray qualified for the 400-lap race in seventh position and after racing near the front of the field all night, brought the Cessna Chevrolet SS home with a fourth-place finish.
Although mathematically eligible entering the race weekend, McMurray knew that the No. 1 team would be a longshot to make the 12-car Chase field. The long odds did not deter the resolve of the No. 1 team. Crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion approached the race at RIR with a game plan and executed with determination.
McMurray had a Cessna Chevy SS that was consistent on long green-flag runs in first practice on Friday and managed to capture a top-10 starting position in qualifying. From the drop of the green-flag in Saturday night’s race, McMurray quickly made his way to the front of the 43-car field and was in the lead before the first round of pit stops. During the middle stages of the race the handling on the No. 1 Chevy seemed to go away however McMurray never fell below the 14th position. In the closing laps McMurray raced his way back to the front with a veteran performance and a fourth-place finish.
“That was a great night for our team”, commented McMurray. “Our car was really good early in the race, but we struggled a little in the middle of the race. I am proud of the work from our guys all weekend on our Cessna team. We had really good pit stops tonight that put us in position for that top-five finish”.
- McMurray gained one position to move to 15th in the NSCS point standings
- McMurray was one of only three drivers to run 100% of the laps in the top-15 at RIR
- With his fourth-place finish, McMurray captured the NASCAR special award for the Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race"
The next event on the NSCS schedule will be the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race will air live on ESPN television and radio stations affiliated with MRN beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 15.
About Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
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