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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 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. Sep 24 - 12:47 PM

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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.
Sep 23 - 4:40 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.
Sep 19 - 12:14 PM

Jamie McMurray battled a free condition with 12 minutes remaining in final practice for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. He was fairly happy with his speed, though.

McMurray may want to look at the leaderboard a little more closely, however, because he was only 17th on the speed chart at 180.886 mph. Last year he finished only 16th in this race.
Sep 17 - 2:17 PM

Jamie McMurray finished seventh in the Federated Auto Parts 400 after starting the evening fourth at Richmond International Raceway.

Jamie McMurray had to race safely, but could not afford to give up any positions since there was an impending risk of another unique winner taking the checkers to move the bubble. He finished the evening seeded 16th. Ultimately McMurray was one of nine Chasers who finished in the top 10 and gives Chip Ganassi Racing a sweep of the playoffs with both himself and Kyle Larson advancing.
Sep 11 - 12:31 AM

On a day when his teammate Kyle Larson won to move the Chase bubble, Jamie McMurray had a strong points’ day. He started the Pure Michigan 400 eighth and finished in that same position.

McMurray remained 13th in the standings, but separated himself from Ryan Newman by nine additional points at Michigan International Speedway. Currently he has a 15-point cushion over the cutoff but needs his own victory in order to feel secure.
Aug 28 - 7:11 PM

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

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