McMurray Wins at Talladega
McMurray Breaks Winless Streak
The smile on Jamie McMurray’s face couldn’t have been any bigger on Sunday. After breaking an 86-race winless streak and capturing his third career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, the Missouri native enjoyed his time in Victory Lane.
"I saw the guys wreck behind me, and I didn't know if you had to take the white [flag] in order [to win the race] -- I wasn't real sure what the rules were -- and the 9 [Kahne] went to the outside because he saw the same issue, but I just moved up and kind of tried to block him," said McMurray, who won the third Cup race of his career. "As soon as I crossed the start/finish line, I shut the engine off and pushed the clutch in and coasted around as far as I could."
For McMurray, the win couldn’t have come at a better time with the 2009 season winding down.
Former Kansas Speedway winner Jimmie Johnson increased his point lead to 184 points over teammate Mark Martin with three races remaining in the season. Johnson is closing in on becoming the first driver to win four consecutive Cup championships. His fourth title would tie him with teammate (and former Kansas Speedway winner) Jeff Gordon for third on NASCAR’s all-time championship list behind Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.