Texas Recap: Following the two practice sessions on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 1 team felt that they had made progress on the race day set-up for McMurray. The biggest concern for Sunday’s 335-lap race might have been long green-flag runs similar to the spring race at Texas, where the caution was displayed only twice, including a 234 lap green-flag run to the end. Such was not the case on Sunday as the race was slowed by caution nine times for 49 laps. Fortunately, as the racing action heated up the McDonald’s team was able to avoid any mishaps. The team capitalized on the opportunity to make adjustments to the car under the caution periods and keep McMurray in contention for a lead-lap finish in the closing laps.
McMurray at Phoenix: McMurray has made 18 starts at Phoenix International Raceway. In those 18 starts, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has accumulated one top-five, two top-10 finishes. McMurray has completed 5,294 out of a possible 5,686 laps (93%) with a total of 29 laps led. He has an average start and finish position of 16.2 and 21.8, respectively. His best start at the mile oval was second in 2008.
Pass and Go: During his last visit to Phoenix International Raceway in March, McMurray made 47 green flag passes.
Speedway Stats: At speedways (1-2 mile tracks) McMurray has 176 starts, collecting three poles, 20 top-five and 47 top-10 finishes. McMurray has led a total of 841 laps at speedways, including 29 laps led at Phoenix International Raceway.
Drop a Line at Bass Pro Shops: Jamie McMurray will make a special appearance at the Mesa, Ariz. Bass Pro Shops store this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs. The Mesa Bass Pro Shops store is located at 1133 North Dobson Road Mesa, Ariz. 85201 (602-606-5600).
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/ Allstate Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1222: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate team will bring Chassis #1222 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This chassis has raced only once previously, just two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 17th.