Jamie McMurray scored his third consecutive top-10 at New Hampshire and his eighth straight top-15. Having missed the Chase, he is on a mission to prove he is as strong as the playoff contenders and this week’s fourth-place finish does just that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jamie McMurray has occasionally been strong on road courses with four results of sixth or better in 23 starts on this track type.
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.