TOP-10 FOR McDONALD'S TEAM AT MARTINSVILLE
Results (starting pos.) from Martinsville Speedway
1. (9) Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Chevrolet SS
10. (7) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS
13. (13) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
42. (26) Kyle Larson, No. 51 Target Chevrolet SS
McDONALD’S TEAM BATTLES FOR TOP-10 FINISH AT MARTINSVILLE
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 27, 2013) – The No. 1 McDonald’s team backed up a strong qualifying effort with the team’s third top-10 finish in the first seven races of the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The team battled to maintain crucial track-position throughout the 500-lap race on the paperclip-shaped half-mile track. Although the handling on the No. 1 Chevy would vary during the race, the team battled in the closing laps to move into position for back-to-back top-10 finishes.
McMurray claims Martinsville Speedway to be one of his favorite tracks to race. He took advantage of that by posting a seventh place qualifying result on Friday afternoon and two strong practice sessions on Saturday leading into the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.
The driver of the McDonald’s Chevy SS was able to avoid any major incidents on the track that offers lots of beating and banging for the close-quarters racing on a typical NASCAR short-track. Sunday’s race was slowed by caution 17 times for more than 100 laps. The No. 1 team raced the entire distance on the lead lap and posted a respectable 10th place finish.
“An up and down day for our team”, claimed McMurray following the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. “We chased the balance on the car both loose and tight throughout the race. We raced near the front and the back at different times through the race. Our guys worked hard to make adjustments and put us in contention for a top-10 finish. All-in-all it was a good day for our McDonald’s team, at such a tough track.”
- Just three races remain in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season
- Jamie McMurray maintains in 14th place position in the 2013 NSCS point standings
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Fort Worth for the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with PRN at 3 p.m. EDT.