Jamie McMurray had had run 28 laps in NASCAR Sprint Cup final practice Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when his No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet began to chatter across the asphalt with a left rear tire down.
McMurray spun in Turn 3 and hit the wall in an accident that was nearly identical to the one suffered by his Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, in opening Cup practice on Friday.
"I actually felt it pop or go flat really early--I just couldn’t get slowed down," McMurray said after bringing his car to the garage for repairs. "Every time I got on the brakes, it wheel-hopped. I felt like I was going to turn right.
"I was trying to get the car slowed down, and I knew for a long time I just couldn’t get slowed down enough."
Montoya, who did more damage to his car on Friday, went to a backup but won’t have to drop to the rear for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 because his mishap occurred before qualifying.
McMurray, though, was l...