MCMURRAY COMES HOME 29TH AT TALLADEGA
Results (starting pos.) from Talladega Superspeedway
1 (3) Clint Bowyer, No.33 Chevrolet
23. (15) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet
29. (39) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
NO. 1 TEAM FINISHES 29TH AT TALLADEGA
TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 23, 2011) – Jamie McMurray, driving the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet started the Good Sam Club 500 from the 39th-position and quickly moved his way to the top-10 by lap five. McMurray raced near the front of the field, leading eight times for 12 laps, until he was involved in a multi-car incident lap on 104. The No. 1 team was credited with a 29th-place finish.
The Bass Pro Shops team only made qualifying runs in the first of two practice sessions on Friday afternoon, and limited drafting practice with teammate Juan Pablo Montoya to just a handful of laps in the final practice. The EGR teams felt they had a car that would be very competitive in race conditions. When the green flag dropped on the 188 lap race the Bass Pro Shops team quickly paired up with teammate Montoya in the No. 42 and raced to the front of the field.
After the lap 104 incident the No. 1 team battled to make quick repairs to the damaged race car and stay on the lead lap. However, three laps after the race restarted McMurray cut down a left rear tire and was forced to pit under green flag conditions and make additional repairs, losing six laps in the process. In the closing stages of the race, the team was able to get two laps back by virtue of the “lucky dog” and finished in 29th-place.
McMurray commented following the race, “I guess this is just typical racing at Talladega. Sometimes you are just at the wrong place at the wrong time. There wasn’t much that we could do to avoid the contact. I just wish we could have had a better finish for Johnny Morris and all the people that were here from Bass Pro Shops.”
- McMurray has one pole, two top-five and four top-10 finishes this season
- McMurray is currently 27th in the point standings
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move on to Martinsville Speedway for next weekend’s running of the Tums Fast Relief 500 on Sunday October 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. ESPN and MRN radio affiliated stations will have live coverage.