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Jamie McMurray

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing-1
Age / DOB:  (40) / 6/3/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'8 / 150

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Jamie McMurray finished eighth in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway after climbing 20 positions from his starting spot. Coupled with some trouble for Ryan Newman, he advanced to 13th in the standings, which gives him a one-spot cushion over the Chase bubble with three races remaining.
Currently, four Chase spots are available to winless drivers. McMurray is third among them, but with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon challenging for the victory this week, the likelihood of another unique winner is substantial. McMurray must continue to score top-10s in order to feel secure about his position in the playoffs. Aug 21 - 9:35 PM

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The focus for the next four weeks is how the Chase bubble drivers will fare. Jamie McMurray posted a lap of 127.809 mph and failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

McMurray rolls off the grid 28th Saturday night. Meanwhile, his teammate Kyle Larson—who is currently 30 points behind him in the standings—posted the 14th fastest time in hat session.
Aug 19 - 6:12 PM

Jamie McMurray has scored six top-10s this season. The good news for fantasy owners and his fans alike is that he is surging at the right time and four of these have come in his last eight attempts.

That includes top-10s at Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Watkins Glen International—three distinct track types. He would also have scored a top-10 in the Brickyard 400 if not for late-race contact with Tony Stewart. McMurray is in a precarious spot in the points if there is another unique winner and needs all the momentum he can get.
Aug 14 - 3:33 PM

Jamie McMurray finished eighth in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen to earn 33 points. That allowed him to put substantial distance between himself in 14th in the standings and 15th-ranked Kyle Larson.

McMurray’s position in the Chase has been boosted by two factors. Not only does he have a significant lead over the driver who will soon be just outside of Chase contention, one of the wild card races is in the books without another unique winner. If McMurray can survive Bristol Motor Speedway next week, he will breathe a lot easier.
Aug 7 - 7:55 PM

Jamie McMurray hopes to regain the top 10 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in five years. His last solid run on this track came in the 2011 Brickyard 400 when he finished fourth. He won the year previous.

McMurray’s best result since then was a 15th and that is the range where he practiced on Friday. He is coming off a solid run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, however, and could defy predictions. He is a good fantasy pick only if he fits one’s final niche.
Jul 22 - 9:37 PM

Jamie McMurray was one of two drivers able to take advantage of the missing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to rise in the points. He finished sixth in the New Hampshire 301 to earn his third top-10 in the last five races, which put him 14th in the points’ standings with a 13-point advantage over Junior and 27 over the current elimination spot.

Coming off a seventh at Kentucky Speedway, this is the first time this season McMurray scored back-to-back top-10s. He is gaining momentum at the right time to make the Chase, but in order to contend for a championship he will need to challenge for wins.
Jul 17 - 8:08 PM

Jamie McMurray challenged for a top-five two-thirds of the way through the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, then faded as he was one of the first drivers to go into fuel conservation mode. That conservation paid off, however, as he surged to seventh at the end.

This strong run propelled McMurray into Chase contention. He currently sits 15th in the standings, 10 points ahead of Trevor Bayne, but if another racer below him in the ranking wins he is in jeopardy of getting know out again because he is 21 behind Austin Dillon. McMurray needs to win for peace of mind.
Jul 10 - 12:00 AM

Jamie McMurray won the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and then went nine races without another top-10 finish on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway until this May’s fourth in the Geico 500. Fantasy owners are interested in whether he will keep that momentum at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400.

The last time McMurray was at the top of the order, he scored back-to-back top-10s at Daytona and Talladega. In fact, all but one of his 13 career top-10s on this track type came as back-to-back successes.
Jul 1 - 12:45 PM

Jamie McMurray posted the second fastest lap in the first practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, but he could not back it up on pole day. His lap of 94.712 mph was good enough for only 21st on the grid.

Many considered McMurray to be one of the favorites to win the pole this week because he did just that in 2013 and 2014. Last year, he started mid-pack in 18th, however, and almost cracked the top 10.
Jun 25 - 2:52 PM

Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray topped the first practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Kyle Larson posted the fastest lap of 95.141 mph with Jamie McMurray going 94.544 mph.

McMurray’s fastest lap was not without drama. He blocked Tony Stewart coming to the green on his fastest lap and got nudged sideways. Fans will recall Stewart’s famous run-in with Brian Vickers several years back that landed the No. 14 on the tire barrier and consider whether there will be further fallout in the race. Larson’s lap was exceptional and uneventful.
Jun 24 - 5:03 PM

Jamie McMurray crashed and finished 40th last August in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, but that could actually improve his fantasy value at Sonoma Raceway this week if it causes the competition to overlook him. His four most recent results before then ended in top-15s.

McMurray is largely an unheralded road course racer, but he regular competes in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. That commitment to twisty tracks shows up on NASCAR Cup weekends.
Jun 21 - 2:12 PM

Jamie McMurray scored the third top-10 of 2016 when he crossed under the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway checkers in ninth. He started that race 14th.

From Kansas Speedway through Charlotte Motor Speedway, McMurray struggled to finish within sight of the leaders. In those three races, he failed to finish on the lead lap a single time and came closest with a 19th in the Coke 600—one lap off the pace.
Jun 12 - 8:09 PM

Jamie McMurray was another notable driver who failed to advance from the first round of qualification for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway. His lap of 177.207 will put him 26th on the grid.

McMurray should be watched closely in Saturday’s practice session because he could earn substantial place-differential points for fantasy owners.
Jun 3 - 5:09 PM

Jamie McMurray has persevered most of this season and has been running at the end of every race with only two top-10s to show for his effort. One of these was a fourth at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but he has failed to complete all the laps in two races since.

McMurray has run well enough to maintain the 14th-place position in the points. Unless his results improve, however, there are a lot of drivers lined up between him and 20th who would love to take his position in the Chase.
May 25 - 8:21 PM

Danica Patrick apparently blew the engine on the No. 10 in the opening minutes of practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. She oiled down the track and collected teammate Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray. According to Patrick outside of the media center, McMurray has a slight injury to his elbow.

The damage appears to be significant enough that all three drivers will need to roll out backups. If Stewart or McMurray do not change their engines, they should not have to go to the back of the pack after qualification. Patrick will almost certainly have to replace both the engine and the car.
May 13 - 11:21 AM