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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 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). Dec 1 - 3:25 PM

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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.
Nov 20 - 10:01 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.
Nov 11 - 10:41 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.
Oct 30 - 6:30 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.
Oct 29 - 10:11 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.
Oct 25 - 8:29 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.
Oct 9 - 7:14 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.
Oct 2 - 7:47 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.
Sep 30 - 11:21 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.
Sep 29 - 5:41 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.
Sep 24 - 12:47 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.
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