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Jamie McMurray |

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing-1
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/3/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'8 / 150

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Jamie McMurray narrowly missed the pole for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire. His speed of 140.437 mph was 3/100ths of a second slower than pole sitter Brad Keselowski.
McMurray is the highest qualified non-Chase driver this week. He finished in the top 10 at Chicagoland and has something to prove by upstaging the Chasers. That makes him a great value this week, especially in salary cap games. Sep 19 - 5:45 PM

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Jamie McMurray has been consistent and occasionally one of the best values on short, flat tracks this season. In five races, he has two top-10s and another two results of 16th or better.

McMurray’s best finish came in the regular season finale Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond when he crossed under the checkers fourth. That was not enough to get him into the Chase, but is should get him onto quite a few fantasy rosters.
Sep 19 - 12:48 PM

Along with his teammate Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray was the only other non-Chaser who finished among the top 10. He crossed under the checkers ninth in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland.

McMurray had a car capable of leading in the early stages of the race. He took the point first on lap 40 and led three times for 32 circuits. Both Ganassi drivers have looked capable of winning during the first 27 races and they should be considered strong dark horses for the remainder of the season.
Sep 14 - 8:47 PM

Along with Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray was another driver whose top-five finish was not quite good enough to get him into the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, but he served notice that he will be a spoiler on a number of occasions in the final 10 races.

The lion’s share of victories during the Chase will go the top 12 drivers in the field, but last year McMurray was one of the non-Chase contending winners. He is capable of repeating this year and should not be automatically overlooked by fantasy owners as the season progresses.
Sep 7 - 11:20 AM

Jamie McMurray got off to a slow start on short tracks this year, but he has improved in recent performances. He finished 13th in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond and eighth in Bristol’s Irwin Tools Night Race.

There is a lot on the line for McMurray this week since he needs to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 in order to get a Chase berth. Last year, he finished fourth in this race and could challenge for another top-five if he has good practice and qualification sessions.
Sep 3 - 9:00 PM

Jamie McMurray has been steady in the last four races. He qualified eighth at Pocono and finished seventh. Since then he has not qualified worse than 18th or finished worse than eighth.

McMurray has managed to stay out of trouble in recent weeks, but he was not as lucky at the start of the season. If he had been, he might be in a points’ position similar to Matt Kenseth or Ryan Newman and not have to worry as much about winning one of the final two regular season races.
Aug 30 - 5:23 PM

In part because of an early-race speeding penalty, Jamie McMurray was off-sequence on pit stops when he assumed the lead on lap 238, but he managed to maintain his track position and led the most laps in the Irwin Tools Night Race. He slipped at the end to finish eighth.

No one expected McMurray to contend for the victory, but his mid-race surge changed that notion. He is one of many drivers in the top 30 in points who can only make the Chase if they score a victory in the last two regular season races.
Aug 24 - 4:43 PM

Jamie McMurray is batting 0.500 at Bristol in his last 10 races. In that span of events, he has five top-10s including a best of third in the 2010 night race.

His other results are poor enough to give him an average finish of only 13.9, however. His Food City 500 this spring netted a 38th. He should not be considered and automatic pick this week, but should be watched for signs of strength in practice.
Aug 21 - 2:25 PM

Jamie McMurray finished 14th in the Pure Michigan 400 and earned his third consecutive top-15 finish. He was seventh at Pocono and 14th at Watkins Glen.

Sitting 19th in the points’ standings, McMurray is going to need more than strong runs to get into Chase contention. With Hendrick Motorsports power under the hood, his best opportunity to win a race may come at Atlanta.
Aug 18 - 10:04 AM

Jamie McMurray has failed to crack the top 10 at Michigan for more than half a decade. His last strong run came in 2008 when he finished 10th in both races at this track.

McMurray has earned four top-15s in the intervening 11 races, including a 12th this June. He may be able to break his long drought with Hendrick Motorsports under the hood, but will face some tough competition and cannot be considered an automatic favorite.
Aug 16 - 8:49 AM

Jamie McMurray finished fourth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma and followed that up with another top-15 at Watkins Glen, making him one of the best values on this track type. He finished 14th in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen.

McMurray started 14th and finished in that same position, but he ran a little better overall. He posted the eighth-best average running position of 11.9, but got shuffled back in the closing laps.
Aug 10 - 9:40 PM

Jamie McMurray has occasionally been strong on road courses with four results of sixth or better in 23 starts on this track type.

One of those strong runs came this June at Sonoma and he narrowly missed the top 10 with an 11th last year at the Glen. However, he also has six results outside the top 20 on road courses and that makes him a risky proposition in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen.
Aug 6 - 1:10 PM

Jamie McMurray’s name did not get called very often during the GoBowling.com 400, but he recorded the sixth-best average running position en route to a seventh-place finish.

McMurray currently sits 20th in the points’ standings and will need to win in order to earn a Chase berth. He struggled through a series of misfortunes early in the season, however, and needs more consistent strong runs than he has recorded in order to be in a position to win.
Aug 3 - 5:28 PM

Jamie McMurray has finished between 10th and 17th in his last five Pocono attempts, which makes him a reliable mid-cap pick in fantasy games where he is priced appropriately.

Reliability can be more important than the potential to score top-five finishes. McMurray should only be used if he fits well into a player’s salary cap budget. There is very little rational to rearrange a roster to accommodate him.
Jul 31 - 2:28 PM

Jamie McMurray has a reputation for performing exceptionally well in marquee races. His 2010 Brickyard 400 victory came in his first attempt after rejoining Chip Ganassi’s organization.

This week’s prognosis is not as great, however. McMurray finished fourth at Indy the following year, but his last two attempts ended in results of 22nd in 2012 and 15th in 2013. In five races on flat tracks this year he topped out with 10th-place finishes at Phoenix and Pocono, which is the high water mark fantasy owners should expect on Sunday.
Jul 22 - 5:55 PM