Jamie McMurray: Practice Ends On A Downside, Should Still Have Success At New Hampshire

By Christy Valdez
Joe Camporeale – USA TODAY Sports

With just a few hours left until the green flag drops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray suffered a setback even before race time.

During the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice for the Camping World RV Sales 301, McMurray encounter some trouble on the track when a tire went down in turn three. By the end of practice, McMurray’s No. 1 car had severe damage, and it was unclear if it would still race or if the team would switch to a back up car.

McMurray had qualified 11th for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 and had a very fast car throughout the weekend.

The issues with McMurray and the No. 1 car were the same exact issues that occurred with his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya in practice on Friday. For McMurray, the team had just installed new tires and had added air to the left rear before it went down on the track.

As soon as final practice was over, the No. 1 team continue to work on repairs with hopes of being able to race with their primary car on Sunday. The car had plenty of speed throughout the whole weekend and going to a back-up would have ruined what was a good qualifying spot for McMurray, and in New Hampshire, track position is key.

McMurray is the latest driver to go through some trouble during the race weekend. After the wreck, in a interview, McMurray mentioned how he was happy with his car, and that it was probably the best car he has had at New Hampshire.

Heading into the race, it looks like the team will be able to race their primary car and keep the speed that they had all weekend since they continued past the afternoon to continue working on their car.

Despite the damage to the car, McMurray might be getting some good news with all the repairs being made on the car. One thing is for sure, at least the damage was done and repaired before the green flag rather than after.


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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