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Is McMurray A Wild Card For The Chase?

Jamie McMurray

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Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has announced their partnership with the new fast-acting Advil, and will display their new paint scheme at the Michigan International Speedway.

Jamie McMurray and his No.1 Chevrolet will line up for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 18. After coming home in 11th at last week’s race at Watkins Glen, McMurray managed to climb a single place in the standings to 15th.

McMurray spoke to NASCAR.COM: “This was a good points day for our team. We only picked up one spot in the point standings, but we gained some ground on the top-10. We mapped out a strategy to start the day and we stuck to the plan and it paid off with a good finish. I’m proud of the effort from everyone on this McDonald’s team.”

Although 15th in the standings isn’t exactly news to write home about, McMurray has everything to race for considering he is only 25 points shy of making the NASCAR Chase, and with a handful of drivers experiencing problems and losing points.

Both Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon crashed at Watkins Glen, meaning they also lost four positions each. Three-time champion Tony Stewart broke his leg and is out of NASCAR Chase contention, while Denny Hamlin sat out of four races with injury. Even the defending champion Brad Keselowski’s position in the top 10 is far from guaranteed.

With four races remaining before the NASCAR Chase, they’ll be a lot of rubbin’ and racin’ until that final checkered flag.

James Harris is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com Follow or Like him at GarglingGas