Jamie McMurray

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Jamie McMurray
JamieMcMurrayBristolAugust2007.jpg
McMurray in 2007
Born (1976-06-03) June 3, 1976 (age 37)
Joplin, Missouri, US
Achievements 2010 Daytona 500 Winner
2010 Brickyard 400 Winner
Awards 2003 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
410 race(s) run over 13 year(s)
Car no., team No. 1 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
2013 position 15th
Best finish 11th (2004)
First race 2002 EA Sports 500 (Talladega)
Last race 2014 Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington)
First win 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte)
Last win 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
7 110 9
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
187 race(s) run over 13 year(s)
2013 position 109th
Best finish 6th (2002)
First race 2000 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2013 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
First win 2002 Aaron's 312 (Atlanta)
Last win 2010 Great Clips 300 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 68 3
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
25 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
Best finish 22nd (2000)
First race 1999 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 (I-70)
Last race 2008 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
First win 2004 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 6 3
Statistics current as of April 12, 2014.

James Christopher "Jamie" McMurray (born June 3, 1976) is a NASCAR driver. He is best known for winning the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in his second Cup start, and is one of only three drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. He currently drives the No. 1 Chevrolet SSin the Sprint Cup Series for Chip Ganassi Racing with crew chief Keith Rodden.

Racing career[edit]

Truck Series[edit]

1999-2002[edit]

In 1999, McMurray made five starts in the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2000, he ran 16 Truck races and posted one top-five and four top-ten finishes. During 2001 and 2002, he competed full-time in the Busch Series; driving the #27 Williams Travel Centers Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Brewco Motorsports. The latter year was better for McMurray, as he won two races and finished sixth in the overall points standings.

Before the fall race at Richmond in 2002, Chip Ganassi announced McMurray would be the driver of a Texaco-Havoline Dodge in 2003. Ganassi planned to have Jamie drive the #42 Dodge for seven races in 2002.

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

2002[edit]

McMurray substituted for an injured Sterling Marlin, who fractured a vertebra at the Winston Cup race at Kansas Speedway.[1] He made his Cup debut, filling in the SABCO Racing's #40 Coors Light Dodge at Talladega. One week later, in just his second career NASCAR Winston Cup start, McMurray outraced Bobby Labonte to win the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. McMurray had been consistent the entire night, and led 96 of the final 100 laps to score the win.[2] It is considered one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history.[3] This win set a modern era record for fewest starts before a win (which has since been recently tied by Trevor Bayne in the 2011 Daytona 500), and it was also the first time a driver won in their first start at a 1.5 mile track; the most common type of track used in the sport. McMurray drove a total of six races in the #40.

2003–2005[edit]

In 2003, McMurray joined the Cup Series full-time. He won Rookie of the Year honors by 37 points over Greg Biffle.[4] McMurray had five top-5 finishes for the year and finished 13th overall. He began competing part-time in the Busch Series.

In 2004, McMurray and his team were penalized 25 points[5][6] after the Food City 500 for an incorrect "x-measurement," a method of comparing the center of the roof with the center of the chassis,[7] which proved costly when later in the year, McMurray missed the Chase for the Cup by 15 points. He had 23 top-10s during the season, including 12 in the last 14 races, and finished eleventh in the points standings, which earned him a $1 million bonus. In the same year, he won a Truck Series race; joining 20 other drivers that have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top touring series.

In 2005 McMurray scored four top fives and ten top tens and finished 13th in points. McMurray came in tenth in points with a one point cushion over Ryan Newman in the final race before the chase at Richmond International Raceway. McMurray was wrecked by Tony Raines later in the race ending his chase hopes.

McMurray left the #42 team after the 2005 season to drive for Roush Racing. Owner Chip Ganassi was initially adamant that McMurray would be held to his contract, but on November 7, 2005, McMurray was released when Ganassi and partner Felix Sabates learned that McMurray signed a contract with Roush already before the season ended. McMurray was originally to go to the #6 Ford in 2006, but since Mark Martin announced he would race for another year, McMurray instead took over for Kurt Busch in the #97 Crown Royal/IRWIN Tools Ford (which was then renumbered #26).[8]

2006-2009: The Irwin Tools/Crown Royal Era[edit]

In April 2006, Jack Roush moved Jimmy Fennig from crew chief of the #26 Ford to head Roush's Busch operations. Bob Osbourne, who had been crew chief for Carl Edwards, moved to head the crew for McMurray. 2006 was a hard season for McMurray. McMurray's best finish of the 2006 season came at Dover International Speedway, where he finished second after leading the most laps. McMurray would record three top fives, seven top tens and finish a disappointing 25th in points.[9]

McMurray's Roush car on display during the 2007 Ford Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway

2007[edit]

McMurray began the 2007 season with crew chief Larry Carter. On June 22, 2007, he won his third career Cup pole, for the Toyota Save/Mart 350. On lap 1 he was passed by Robby Gordon for the lead but McMurray spent the first quarter of the race holding off Boris Said and Jeff Burton for second place. When Robby Gordon pitted after 34 laps McMurray traded the lead repeatedly. With about 45 laps left, McMurray took the lead and dominated the final laps, but with 7 to go Cup rookie and McMurray's future teammate Juan Pablo Montoya passed him and held off McMurray until McMurray eventually ran out of gas with two to go and resulted 37th. On July 7 at the Pepsi 400, McMurray led a few laps in the first stages. However on lap 30 Jamie McMurray was then black-flagged by NASCAR for slipping out of bounds. He then spent the rest of the race charging back through the field eventually getting back to the front on lap 155. McMurray then led the final stages but battled Kyle Busch for five laps. On the last lap Busch was the leader next to McMurray and charged to the finish, but at the last second McMurray charged one last time and barely beat Busch to win the Pepsi 400 for his second career Cup win. The margin was 0.005 of a second, and the finish resembled the Daytona 500 of the year's finish when Kevin Harvick beat Mark Martin at the last second of the race that year.[10] The photo finish was the closest in Daytona International Speedway history and tied for the second closest finish (1993 DieHard 500) since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993. McMurray finished the year 17th in the point standings.

2008[edit]

In the beginning of the 2008 season, McMurray encountered a string of poor finishes that relegated him to 36th in points[11] and thus not guaranteed a spot[12] when NASCAR reached the spring Martinsville race. When the current points went into effect to determine those who were locked in the race, McMurray was required to qualify for the race based on his time around the track.[13] He qualified 5th; locking himself into the field as the fastest of the teams not locked into the race.[14] He earned an 8th place finish in the race; securing himself a spot in the top 35 in points and thus a guaranteed starting position for the next race. Throughout the remainder of the season, he steadily climbed in the standings and reached the top 20 in points. On October 11, 2008, McMurray rallied to finish fifth in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It was his first top five finish since his victory at Daytona in July of the previous year. McMurray finished 16th in the standings.[15]

2009[edit]

McMurray reunited with former crew chief Donnie Wingo in 2009. Crew chief Larry Carter moved to Yates Racing to be crew chief for Paul Menard.[16] McMurray started the 2009 season by dominating the final stages of the Budweiser Shootout, but finished second when he lost the lead to Kevin Harvick on the last lap. McMurray had an excellent Speedweeks; finishing 9th in his Gatorade Duel. In the Daytona 500, McMurray ran up front and was a contender, but was involved in the big one; his teammate Matt Kenseth won the race. Later in the year, Roush Fenway Racing informed McMurray he would be allowed to leave the team as they needed to cut their teams down to the NASCAR-mandated four. On November 1, 2009, McMurray won the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega after leading over 20 laps and passing David Stremme with 8 laps to go. He then survived a green-white checkered finish to earn his second restrictor-plate win. Roush released him and the #26 team at the end of the season due to NASCAR's four team limit and the expiration of Roush Fenway Racing's exemption that allowed a 5th team. Jamie McMurray decided to ask former boss Chip Ganassi for another chance following his disastrous era on Roush-Fenway Racing and Ganassi granted him a contract to let him drive for his merged team with Dale Earnhardt Inc., Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

2010-present: Return to Ganassi[edit]

In 2010, McMurray moved over to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in the #1 car; replacing Martin Truex, Jr.[17] McMurray reunited with Chip Ganassi when he participated in the 2010 24 Hours of Daytona; it was the first time he has been with Ganassi since 2005. On February 14, in just his first start for Ganassi since 2005, McMurray won the Daytona 500. He led for only two laps; the least in Daytona 500 history by passing Kevin Harvick with 2 to go. McMurray cried in victory lane and thanked Ganassi and his new sponsors for giving him another chance. McMurray accidentally crashed into new teammate and former rival Juan Pablo Montoya at Las Vegas. McMurray apologized but Juan said after the race that he felt like McMurray wasn't helping the team much although later they made up. No penalties were given. McMurray almost won at Talladega that spring, but Kevin Harvick beat him in a .011 second drag race to the finish line. McMurray led 27 laps. It was speculated by McMurray's car owner Felix Sabates that Harvick went below the yellow line when he made the pass but this was denied by NASCAR.[18]

In May, McMurray ended up second to Kurt Busch in the Coca-Cola 600 and had several more top ten finishes before in July, McMurray held off Harvick again to win the Brickyard 400, which made him one of only three drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year, the feat previously having been accomplished by Jimmie Johnson in 2006 and Dale Jarrett in 1996. Chip Ganassi became the first owner to win both races (with McMurray) and the Indianapolis 500 (with Dario Franchitti) in the same year. In September, McMurray held off Kyle Busch to win the Great Clips 300 in the Nationwide Series at Atlanta.[19] Although McMurray did not make the Chase, he did win the Bank of America 500 at the site of his first win: Charlotte Motor Speedway. McMurray finished 14th in the standings with three wins and nine top 5's.

2011[edit]

McMurray's car for the 2011 Coca-Cola 600; run in support of his hometown of Joplin, Missouri

On January 19, 2011, McMurray signed a multi-year extension with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to continue driving the #1 Chevrolet. He won the pole for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville, where he finished 7th. Following the massive tornado that went through McMurray's home city Joplin Missouri, McMurray gave Joplin as one of his racing sponsors to help his town. He blew his engine during the Coca-Cola 600. In July, McMurray came so close to winning the Brickyard 400 in 2011 by passing Paul Menard with nine laps left but with four laps remaining, Menard took back the lead and while Menard charged to his first Cup victory, McMurray ended up 4th as a good record of July. McMurray happily congratulated Menard publicly after the race when he was interviewed about his finish. McMurray's second season with Earnardt Ganassi Racing was a disappointment compared to his first. He earned just 4 top 10's that year, and finished the season 27th in points.

2012[edit]

2012 was not much better for McMurray. He started the season with a crash in the Daytona 500. The next week, in Phoenix, McMurray had an accident before blowing an engine; he then posted two straight seventh-place finishes at Las Vegas and Bristol. He would not post another top ten in the June Pocono race. McMurray contended to win Talladega in the fall by being pushed by Kevin Harvick but Harvick spun McMurray in the final laps; thus, McMurray finished the season with only three top tens and no victories.

2013[edit]

McMurray during the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500

McMurray started his season on a low note, crashing in the Daytona 500 on lap 33, relegating him to a 32nd place finish, followed by a 22nd place finish at Phoenix. At Las Vegas, the third race of the year, McMurray improved, with a 13th place finish. The following week, at Bristol, he scored a tenth place finish, his first top ten of the season, despite spinning out mid-race. Then, after a 19th place finish in Fontana, McMurray finished a season-best 7th place in Martinsville, despite being involved in an early collision with Clint Bowyer. McMurray then had a 16th place finish at Texas, and took another 7th place finish at Kansas, bringing him up to three top-tens and six top-twenty finishes.

McMurray took home first place in the non-points-paying 2013 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Leading all 40 laps, the Cup win was his first since the 2010 Bank of America 500, which also came at Charlotte. He would go on to finish eighth in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. McMurray would hit a low stretch, with a 19th place finish in the Coca Cola 600 and a 33rd place finish at Dover. He then had a 13th place finish at Pocono. At Michigan, McMurray led 21 laps but finished 33rd after a late accident. The following week at Sonoma, McMurray narrowly beat Marcos Ambrose to win his first pole of the season.

McMurray then had two strong runs - a runner-up finish to Matt Kenseth at Kentucky, followed by the Coke Zero 400, where he led 10 laps and finished seventh. He then got right outside the top ten with an 11th at New Hampshire.

In October, McMurray held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to win at Talladega, snapping a 108 race winless streak. This was his seventh career victory and fourth on a restrictor plate track (with wins at Daytona in 2007 and 2010 and Talladega in November 2009).

Other racing[edit]

On January 4, 2014, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that McMurray will run the 24 Hours of Daytona for the team in the No. 1 car alongside Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Sage Karam.[20] At the team's announcement, McMurray stated, "It's the most fun race I get to run all year long. There's no points for us and it's all about being able to win. What makes it such a good time, you'll see guys all year long and they'll be here, so you can eat lunch with them, hang out and things like that. It’s fun to be a part of it."[21]

Personal life[edit]

McMurray was born in Joplin, Missouri.[3] He grew up racing go-karts and competed in nearly every form of karting around the country before moving to late-model stock cars. In 2007, McMurray returned to the karting ranks and still competes in World Karting Association races on many of his open weekends.[22] He races annually at the World Karting Association's Daytona KartWeek in late December.

McMurray married Christy Futrell in July 2009.[23] Their first child Carter Scott McMurray was born Thanksgiving morning, November 25, 2010.[24] Their second child, a daughter named Hazel, was born February 11, 2013.[25]

Through his trouble-filled 2009, and his contrasting 2010, McMurray found the power of prayer.[26] Following his win at Charlotte in 2010, McMurray said in his post race interview, "As those laps were winding down, I was thinking about Daytona and why I cry and the power of prayer. I had a tough year last year. I found out the power of prayer and what that can do for you. When you get to victory lane, and you get to experience this, it just makes you a believer."[26]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2002 6 1 1 2 0 7.0 18.5 $717,942 46th Chip Gannasi Racing
2003 36 0 5 13 1 18.9 18.6 $3,258,806 13th Chip Ganassi Racing
2004 36 0 9 23 0 15.9 13.2 $4,676,311 11th Chip Ganassi Racing
2005 36 0 4 10 1 21.4 16.8 $4,639,303 12th Chip Ganassi Racing
2006 36 0 3 7 0 25.3 23.6 $5,241,224 25th Roush Fenway Racing
2007 36 1 3 9 1 20.8 22.2 $4,459,863 17th Roush Fenway Racing
2008 36 0 4 11 0 20.1 20.1 $4,749,606 16th Roush Fenway Racing
2009 36 1 1 5 0 22.6 21.4 $4,247,389 22nd Roush Fenway Racing
2010 36 3 9 12 4 13.4 16.4 $7,601,549 14th Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
2011 36 0 2 4 1 17.8 22.2 $4,798,842 27th Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
2012 36 0 0 3 0 21.3 20.1 $3,250,295 21st Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
2013 36 1 4 9 1 17.7 16.5 $4,968,338 15th Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
2014* 8 0 0 2 0 13.0 19.7 $1,039,417 20th Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Daytona 500 Results[edit]
Year Manufacturer Start Finish Team
2003 Dodge 19 31 Ganassi
2004 Dodge 7 36 Ganassi
2005 Dodge 17 32 Ganassi
2006 Ford 6 37 Roush
2007 Ford 24 31 Roush
2008 Ford 38 26 Roush
2009 Ford 21 37 Roush
2010 Chevrolet 18 1 Earnhardt/Ganassi
2011 Chevrolet 14 18 Earnhardt/Ganassi
2012 Chevrolet 19 31 Earnhardt/Ganassi
2013 Chevrolet 20 32 Earnhardt/Ganassi
2014 Chevrolet 22 14 Ganassi

Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2000 2 0 0 0 0 20.5 35.0 $26,740 91st Brewco Motorsports
2001 33 0 0 3 0 19.9 21.0 $667,196 16th Brewco Motorsports
2002 34 2 6 14 1 16.3 15.0 $1,044,282 6th Brewco Motorsports
2003 19 2 6 10 0 16.2 12.9 $586,293 20th Phoenix Racing
Braun Racing
2004 14 3 6 8 1 16.6 15.5 $386,166 32nd Braun Racing
Phoenix Racing
Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Chip Ganassi Racing
2005 16 0 2 5 0 18.8 22.0 $323,736 36th Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Chip Ganassi Racing
2006 20 0 4 8 0 15.8 17.4 $522,060 25th Rusty Wallace, Inc.
2007 22 0 1 5 0 15.7 19.4 $465,265 24th Brewco Motorsports
Roush Fenway Racing
2008 11 0 2 6 2 7.7 15.5 $265,515 40th Roush Fenway Racing
2010 8 1 4 6 0 14.5 6.2 $246,139 38th JR Motorsports
2011 6 0 0 1 0 11.2 21.0 $100,642 110th1 Phoenix Racing
JR Motorsports
2012 1 0 0 1 0 9.0 9.0 $12,350 105th1 Turner Motorsports
2013 1 0 0 1 0 14.0 10.0 $16,850 89th1 JR Motorsports

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

United SportsCar Championship[edit]

(key)

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ Kelly, Goodwin (January 4, 2014). "Ganassi announces powerhouse Rolex 24 At Daytona driver lineup". Daytona News-Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  21. ^ DiZinno, Tony (January 4, 2014). "NASCAR Sprint Cup presence at Rolex 24 limited thus far". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ Rodman, Dave. "McMurray's karting days rekindled with new hobby". NASCAR. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
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  24. ^ "The NASCAR Baby Boom Continues: McMurray and Wife Expecting First Child In December". SPEED. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  25. ^ Gluck, Jeff (February 14, 2013). "Jamie McMurray talks about new baby girl". USA Today. 
  26. ^ a b McCubbin, Ashley. "Jamie McMurray Steals the Show at Charlotte". Retrieved 7 November 2010. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Newman
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Kasey Kahne
Preceded by
Matt Kenseth
Daytona 500 Winner
2010
Succeeded by
Trevor Bayne
Preceded by
Jimmie Johnson
Brickyard 400 Winner
2010
Succeeded by
Paul Menard