McMurray stays positive despite recent bad luck


Jamie McMurray’s breakthrough Sprint Cup season is so close, yet so far away.

In his most recent races, the Joplin, Mo native has found himself in a position to win, only to have bad luck repeatedly strike down his chances.

“We've run really well the last four weeks. Gosh, comes down to 10 laps to go and we haven't been able to put it all together,” McMurray said. “Certainly some of that has been in our control and some of it hasn't.”

Last weekend, the driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford was running well before a run-in on pit road with Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended his shot at victory. The race before that, McMurray was running second before Kevin Harvick ran into the back of him. The previous weekend told a similar story; a caution flag ruined his shot at competing with Dale Jr. for the win.

In 17 starts this season, McMurray has recorded only three top-10 finishes.

“When you race 99% of the race, you put yourself in the position to run well, and then you lose it all with two or three laps to go and it's something that's totally out of your control. I mean, that's frustrating.”

Despite his frustration, McMurray continues to keep a level head. After all, his first victory of the season may be waiting right around the corner.

“The cars have been really good. The whole team has really done their job. Almost all the things that are in our control we've done correctly,” McMurray said.” “We don't really need good luck; we just don't really need the bad luck right now.”

McMurray’s Crown Royal Ford won last year’s Coke Zero 400, a race which he is certainly looking forward to this weekend.

“I seem to have been more successful at the superspeedway races,” McMurray said. “Those have been the places that I’ve run well at.”

McMurray has seen success at Kansas Speedway also. Out of five starts, he has two top-10 finishes.

The Joplin, Mo native makes his return to the Midwest, along with NASCAR’s other top drivers to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400 (Sept. 28, 2008) and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 (Sept. 27, 2008).

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