Tag:Jamie McMurray
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 1:35 pm

McMurray takes Martinsville pole

By Pete Pistone

Jamie McMurray will make his 300th career Sprint Cup Series start from the best possible position in Sunday's Goody's fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver earned the top spot for the sixth race of the Sprint Cup Series season in Saturday's qualifying session.

McMurray will be flanked by Ryan Newman on the front row with Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano and defending race winner Denny Hamlin completing the first five qualifiers.

Goody's Fast Relief 500 Starting Line-Up

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Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 12:11 pm

McMurray and Dixon to swap rides

Posted by Pete Pistone

On the heels of last week's announcement that Tony Stewart and Formula One star Lewis Hamilton would swap rides in an exhibition later this summer at Watkins Glen, another stock car-open wheel swap will take place later this month.

Jamie McMurray will get a chance to run Scott Dixon's Indy Car on March 16th with the former IRL champ getting a crack behind the wheel of the Bass pro Shops Sprint Cup ride:

From Track Release

NASCAR, ARCA, INDYCAR and GRAND-AM all make stops in Alabama during April, with only one week and 30 miles separating the events. Earnhardt-Ganassi drivers McMurray and Dixon will get a chance to experience what each race offers when they take turns driving each other's cars at their respective venues - McMurray will drive Dixon's #9 Target Honda Indy car at Barber Motorsports Park and Dixon will drive McMurray's # 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway. The event takes place starting at noon on March 16, but is not open to the public.
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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:54 pm

Audio tracks: Bud Shootout

Listen to the post-race news conferences of the top three finishers of the Bud Shootout.

Kurt Busch post-race news conference (21 minutes)

Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman post-race news conference (20 minutes, 30 seconds)

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Posted on: February 12, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2011 11:20 pm

McMurray slaps wall in practice

Posted By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Defending Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray slammed into the outside wall after cutting a tire in Saturday's opening practice session for the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway.

McMurray's Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing team pulled out a back-up Chevrolet after the No. 1 car's encounter with the wall and plan to practice that vehicle in Saturday's second session, which is the final prelude to Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying session.

Chevrolet had eight of the top ten speeds in Saturday's first session with Mark Martin (184.877 mph) and Jeff Gordon (184.513 mph) the top two.
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Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 4:23 pm

McMurray signs contract extension with EGR

Posted By Pete Pistone

Jamie McMurray has inked a new contract with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Terms of the multi-year extension were not released but will reportedly keep McMurray in the EGR No. 1 Chevrolet for at least the next three seasons.

McMurray was reunited with team owner Chip Ganassi last year after being released from Roush Fenway Racing the season before. He responded with three victories in some of the biggest races of the Sprint Cup Series season including the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis and the October night race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The former Nationwide Series regular will again team with Juan Pablo Montoya at EGR in 2011. McMurray will begin his racing season driving a Ganassi entry in the January 29-30 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Grand Am sports car race.
Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: July 26, 2010 10:59 am

Silly Season rumors make the rounds at Indy

The rumor mill was churning loudly during the Sprint Cup weekend at Indianapolis

-- Jamie McMurray can probably expect a nice raise. This year's Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 champion currently has just a one-year contract with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, but a new deal is in the works.

-- The Kasey Kahne saga still continues to impact a number of teams.

Mark Martin is upset that he's constantly being nagged about his status for next season. He insists he's not going anywhere and will be the driver of the No. 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2011. However, it does sound as if Hendrick would rather have Kahne in the seat if at all possible.

Meanwhile, Mike Mulhern reports that talks to put Kahne in Phoenix Racing's 09 car have fallen through and that James Finch will likely shut down or sell his operation at the end of the season.

-- ESPN.com reports that Budweiser could be headed to Kevin Harvick 's No. 29 car at that an announcement may come at Watkins Glen. Harvick's current sponsor Shell/Pennzoil is moving to Penske Racing's No. 22 car where it will sponsor Kurt Busch starting in 2011. The Shell arrangement left Mobil 1 the odd sponsor out at Penske and it could wind up at Stewart Haas.

-- Scene Daily reports that Red Bull is still contemplating whether to bring back Scott Speed for another season. In his second season, Speed sits 26th in points but he has been running at the finish of every race this season. A year ago he had eight DNFs. He has just three top 10s in 60 career starts in the Cup Series.

Posted on: April 13, 2010 1:32 pm

Bires loses JR Motorsports Nationwide ride

After just one top 10 in five races in JR Motorsports No. 88 Nationwide Series car, Kelly Bires has been released. Jamie McMurray will fill in for at least nine events.

Press release follows:
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April  13, 2010) – JR Motorsports will undergo a driver change to its No. 88 NASCAR Nationwide Series team effective this weekend when the series races at Texas Motor Speedway, general manager and co-owner Kelley Earnhardt announced today.
The organization has released 25-year-old Kelly Bires from his contractual driving duties of the No. 88 Chevrolet.  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/McDonalds Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, has agreed to a deal that puts him in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevy for nine races.  Those races include the six upcoming Nationwide Series events – Texas (April 17), Talladega (April 24), Richmond (April 30), Darlington (May 7), Dover (May 15) and Charlotte (May 30) – plus Chicagoland (July 9), Atlanta (Sept. 4) and the return trip to Charlotte (Oct. 15).  Hellmann’s will be the primary sponsor in all but two of those races, and the Suave Men brand will be featured on the No. 88 at Chicagoland Speedway.
A native of Joplin, Mo., McMurray is the reigning Daytona 500 champion.  He is a seven-time winner in the Nationwide Series with 27 top-fives, 59 top-10s, and three pole awards.  No driver decisions for the No. 88 have been determined beyond McMurray’s nine races.
“We are extremely appreciative of Kelly Bires and wish him the best,” Kelley Earnhardt said.  “Internally, it was evident the chemistry that is imperative for us to succeed in this highly competitive industry was simply not there.  That is the fault of no one person.  We owe it to our fans and sponsors to make necessary adjustments in an effort to put our best product on the track, and we’ll continue evaluating our progress until we are confident that our full potential is being reached.”
Under the direction of crew chief Tony Eury Sr., the No. 88 team has finished third in the Nationwide Series point standings each of the past two seasons, accumulating six total victories.  In six races this season, the team has one top-10 finish (seventh at Auto Club Speedway).  Bires competed in six races for JRM dating back to last November at Homestead-Miami  Speedway.  He raced the No. 88 in five of the six Nationwide Series events this year, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The alteration to the No. 88 team does not change plans for the No. 7 team, which presently is to run the full Nationwide Series schedule with multiple drivers.  Landon Cassill began a part-time stint last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, becoming the third driver this season to get behind the wheel of the No. 7 Chevrolets prepared by crew chief and co-owner Tony Eury Jr.  He will race the car this weekend at Texas.  Danica Patrick has 10 of her scheduled 13 races remaining on the 2010 slate.  Scott Wimmer recently completed a two-race commitment and posted season-best finishes of 10th at Bristol Motor Speedway and seventh at Nashville Superspeedway.  Driving vacancies left on the No. 7 schedule are still to be determined.

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