NASCAR: Can Jamie McMurray Work His Way Back To The Top?

By Christy Valdez
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season may be heading into a better direction for Jamie McMurray following the latest performance on the racetrack.

Over the last few seasons, McMurray hasn’t been the same since his last successful Cup Series season in 2010. But following the All-Star race, McMurray may have gotten some confidence heading into the rest of the season. It has been a while since McMurray has been in contention but he is working his way up this season.

The 2013 season got off to a slow start for McMurray with a 32nd place finish at Daytona. Since then, he has improved his results in a quietly manner. Although, there were a few set backs along the way.

Along with a few improvements this season, McMurray’s best performance of the year occurred during the All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. During the All-Star festivities, McMurray dominated the Sprint Showdown where he won his way into the All-Star race. After dominating the Showdown, McMurray continued to race well throughout the night in the main event and captured an eighth place finish.

For McMurray, the win at the Sprint Showdown may give him some confidence heading into the rest of the year. The Sprint Showdown also ended his winless streak that dates back to 2010. His last win also was at Charlotte in the fall 2010 chase race. If anything else, besides ending his winless streak even if it was in a non-points race, it should make him feel better that the last two winners of the Showdown went on to win later on in the season. David Ragan won the Showdown in 2011 and later went on to win in Daytona, as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2012 who later went on to win at Michigan.

So far in the 11 races into the 2013 season, McMurray has captured three top-10 finishes. That was also the same amount he ended the previous season with. He has improved his average start to 17.2 and his average finish to 17.4 in just the first part of the season.

Currently, McMurray sits 15th in the point standing and has a chance to continue improving and work his way up in the points at Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600. He has found success at the track in previous occasions. His last two wins have been at Charlotte and can give him the motivation to continue his way back up to the top.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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