The end of a 166 race winless drought couldn't come at a better time for Jamie McMurray. The 5-year struggle finally ended for the former Busch Series Champion on NASCAR's biggest stage.
"You know if you can pick a track to win at, I think almost any driver must take Daytona. That's one of the coolest places, and to win in the style that the race ended up in, with barely beating Kyle Busch back to the start-finish line, it was such an exciting finish. I can't imagine a better way to do it," says McMurray.
McMurray now sits in the 13th spot in the standings in the race for the Nextel Cup. That's not good enough to advance to the post-season. This year only the first dozen drivers get a crack at the title. McMurray has 8 races to make up ground.
"We have some tracks coming up that I really enjoy. Chicago is not one of them, that hasn't been a really good track for me, but... some of the other places... are really good tracks for me, and they're tracks that we run well at earlier times in the year, so I feel pretty good about it," adds the number 26 machine driver.
Unfortunately, he'll have to overcome a history of struggles in this weekend's race in Chicago.