Seven is supposed to be a lucky number and it has certainly been that way for Jamie McMurray. He enters the NASCAR off week with three consecutive finishes of precisely seventh, which has solidified his position in the points’ standings.
For the first time in 40 races, Jamie McMurray scored three consecutive top-10s with his seventh-place result in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan. Notably, all three of these results have been seventh-place finishes.
This Sunday, Jamie McMurray will seek his first top-10 at Michigan International Speedway in his last 13 starts, but he is going to have to overcome a 25th-place position on the grid to do so.
For only the second time this season, Jamie McMurray earned back-to-back top-10s. He finished seventh last week at Dover International Speedway and again this week at Pocono Raceway in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400.
Jamie McMurray qualified 18th last June at Pocono Raceway and was eighth in August, but he improved in both races to sweep the top 10.
Chip Ganassi Racing placed both of their drivers in the top 10 with Jamie McMurray finishing seventh and Kyle Larson crossing under the checkers third in the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Jamie McMurray’s crew chief Matt McCall has been place on probation through December 31st after receiving a P2 penalty from NASCAR. The punishment was for modifying the right rear quarter panel opening after qualifying inspection for the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Jamie McMurray should be watched closely on Saturday to evaluate whether he has top-five potential. Last year he swept that spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting 26th in May and 18th in October.
Jamie McMurray had the fastest car on long green flag runs, but the end of the race developed yellow fever. McMurray’s fourth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway was his second top-five of the year.
For the first time since 2007 while he drove for Roush-Fenway Racing, Jamie McMurray posted back-to-back top-10s at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished sixth in the Duck Commander 500.
So far in 2015, Jamie McMurray has been batting 0.500. He has earned three results of 11th or better compared to four efforts outside the top 20.
Jamie McMurray finished 10th in the STP 500 and jumped one position in the standings to 15th.
Jamie McMurray is one of only five drivers who managed to overcome a qualification effort of 25th or worse and finish among the top 10 during Auto Club’s most recent six races. If he finishes with the leaders again this week, he will have to do that again after qualifying 26th.
Jamie McMurray had a top-10 car for most of the afternoon, but a two-tire strategy near the end propelled him to second. He was able to hang onto the position through two late-race restarts and challenged Kevin Harvick briefly at the close.