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McMurray’s Strong Run in Richmond

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@jamiemcmurray drove his No. 1 Energizer Chevrolet to a fourth-place finish when the checkered flag waved for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

He rolled off the grid ninth for his 375-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and looked to expand on his successfully competitive beginning to the 2015 season. In nine starts, he has grabbed two top-fives and four top-10s.

McMurray is extremely pleased with his team’s performance and admits that he was initially concerned with how things would turn out, especially with a new crew chief atop the pit box. It can take some time for a team to adjust to this type of change. However, the matchup seems to be working out better than anticipated.

“You know, last year I thought was probably my best year in Cup racing, even though we didn’t have the wins that we did in 2010. I thought consistently we were the best. When we did the crew chief change, I was a little bit nervous about what was going to happen,” he said.

“But Matt [McCall] has done an exceptional job. Honestly our cars are probably better this year than they were last year, and he’s done a really nice job of calling the races and giving me a really fun car to drive that’s fast,” McMurray continued.

The Joplin, MO native led two times for a total of four laps and maintained his track position inside the top-five for the final 180 laps of the race.

How does he feel about his chances of making it to the winner’s circle in the near future?

“You know, honestly, I look at every week like we’ll have a chance to win. The 4 and 41 are extremely quick, but I think we proved today that we have a team and a car capable of, put in the right position, to compete with those guys. I’m really happy with my team. The 42 ran well last week at Bristol. Our whole group is really strong right now.”

McMurray is currently sitting ninth in the driver’s standings, 93 behind points leader @KevinHarvick.

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