McMurray comments on Texas gamble
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Jimmie Johnson leads the field during Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Jamie McMurray’s two tire pit stop during the final caution period of Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 helped in propelling the No. 1 team to a sixth place effort at Texas Motor Speedway.
McMurray, who restarted in the lead with 21 laps to go, was passed with 14 laps to go by eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson.
“We did two [tires] two other times in the race and it worked out really well for us,” McMurray said post-race. “When I cleared the No. 24, I thought we had a legitimate shot at winning. I got checked out it seemed like a straightaway. But once the guys with four tires got clear their cars were a little better than ours and they had better tires. You just can’t hold them up here.
“The track is wide enough and they were enough faster than me that I really couldn’t even hold them up.”
McMurray led twice for a total of nine laps, knocking off the fastest lap during the race two times. The sixth place effort is McMurray’s second consecutive top-ten finish at TMS.
“I think this is probably the hardest 1.5-mile track to pass on that we race at,” he said. “But the cautions fell right where there was a little bit of tire strategy, guys staying out and guys doing two [tires]. I think that just makes for really good racing.”
McMurray will enter next weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway 11th in driver standings, 17 points ahead of the Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff. McMurray led 148 laps at Bristol in the Sprint Cup Series’ most recent visit to the track in August.