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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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Two top-fives—including in last year’s finale—and a 13th have contributed to making Homestead-Miami Speedway Jamie McMurray’s best track in terms of three-year averages at 7.7.
Richmond is his best track that hosts more than one race per year with an average of 9.5, and while he has not swept the top 15 on this course, he has come close with a worst of 16th last fall. His spring effort was 13th and that suggest he might be trending downward ever so slightly. Start him in Richmond’s first race unless he seems to seriously struggle in practice, but reserve fall’s judgment until he produces another top-10. Jan 18 - 1:22 PM

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Speeds were slower than in the past during Goodyear’s tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Tuesday, and slower still as the weather cooled, according to NBC Sports.

"The pace was a little bit slower than what we ran last year, and I expect it’s going to be quite a bit slower when we get back here. With less downforce, you don’t get as much grip and the car slides around a little bit more, but the mid-corner speeds the last two years have been so high that it’s made it almost impossible to pass," Jamie McMurray told reporters after the test. Slower speeds should mean more side-by-side racing and will benefit drivers who thrive in traffic.
Jan 11 - 12:45 PM

Jamie McMurray scored 12 top-10s in 2016, but only two of these were top-fives.

McMurray made the Chase based mostly on consistency, but he was unable to score a top-10 in the final 10 races of the season. His closest to that mark was an 11th at Chicagoland Speedway, but he remained a decent fantasy value most of the season with 29 top-20s (.806).
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 03:25:00 PM

Jamie McMurray finished fifth in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to join his second-place teammate Kyle Larson and give Chip Ganassi Racing a sweep of the top five.

This is McMurray’s first top-five on an unrestricted speedway and only his second on all track types in 2016. His last top-five came at Talladega SuperSpeedway in May. This will give the organization a little momentum as they head into the off-season and allow them to build for 2017.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:01:00 PM

Jamie McMurray has finished 18th or better in his last six attempts at Phoenix International Raceway.

In that span of races, McMurray has one top-five and two top-10s, so the upside of starting him is worth the minimal downside of a few results outside the top 15. His career-best finish of second was earned in spring 2015.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 10:41:00 AM

Jamie McMurray started 14th and finished eighth in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

McMurray was considered one of this week’s top dark horse picks and he rewarded that confidence with his seventh result of 17th or better in his last nine Martinsville starts.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 06:30:00 PM

Jamie McMurray posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.780 mph.

Speeds in practice were as close as they were in qualification. McMurray beat second-place Joey Logano by .009 seconds; Logano is on the outside pole to Martin Truex Jr. by .008 seconds. That is part of what make competition so close on this track and part of why passing is so difficult.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 10:11:00 AM

Jamie McMurray has alternated three lead lap finishes with an incomplete result in his last eight races.

If the pattern holds, McMurray is destined to finish on the lead lap again this week, but that does not guarantee a top-10. The first race in each of his previous two streaks was just outside the top 15. McMurray then tends to build momentum and his next two results are top-10s until the pattern resets. This spring, he was 23rd—one lap off the pace.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 08:29:00 PM

One week after being eliminated from the Chase, Jamie McMurray finished 10th in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

McMurray joined teammate Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart as recently eliminated Chasers who scored top-10s this week. The other former contender Chris Buescher finished 16th, which was a strong accounting for the bottom four from round one.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 07:14:00 PM

A blown engine sent Jamie McMurray to the garage to finish 40th. He ended the race 32 points behind 12th and will not advance to the second round of the Chase.

McMurray qualified for his first Chase last year and was eliminated at the end of round one despite finishing fourth at Dover International Speedway. This year was not quite as dramatic, but he now has the opportunity to do what Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson did in the past two years: win one of the final seven races as a recently eliminated Chaser.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 07:47:00 PM

Jamie McMurray finished 21st in this spring’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, but what he really wants to duplicate is his 2015 success. Last year, he swept the top-10.

His best result last year on this track was a fourth in the fall, but that was not quite enough to advance him to the second round of the Chase. He must have his sight set on winning, but that is something he has never done in Delaware. McMurray finished second in 2006, which is one of only two top-fives at Dover.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 11:21:00 AM

Jamie McMurray finished 19th in the Bad Boy 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That was the first time in seven races that he failed to crack the top 15.

It was an unfortunate time to slip because McMurray now finds himself tied with Austin Dillon for 13th in the standings. Only the top 12 advance to round two of the playoffs. The good news is that McMurray has hung onto his consistency because this is his 11th consecutive top-20.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 05:41:00 PM

Jamie McMurray posted the 18th-fastest speed in final practice with a speed of 131.229 mph. That makes him one of only three Chase contenders who did not post a top-15 lap in this session.

The difference between making the second round and qualifying for it is going to be slim. McMurray needs to find speed overnight or use strategy to get to the top 10. He is not favored as one of this week’s top dark horses and should be used sparingly.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 12:47:00 PM

Jamie McMurray finished seventh two weeks ago in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He was sixth in the New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this July which gives him two top-10s in his last two short, flat track races.

McMurray kicked his Chase for the Championship off with a solid 11th-place run, but he needs the cushion of a top-10 to make Dover International Speedway a little less stressful. Unfortunately, he was only 15th-best in the first practice session for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and this team has a little more work to do.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Last year Jamie McMurray failed to advance to the round of 12 despite earning an average finish of 11.3 in the first three Chase races. He finished 16th in the Chicagoland Speedway race in 2015, but improved by five positions this season to finish 11th after starting 16th. .

This allowed McMurray to advance to 11th in the points. He cannot afford to slow down any given last year’s experience and in light of how tight the points are from 11th through 15th. McMurray has only a four-point advantage over his teammate Kyle Larson.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 12:14:00 PM