MENCS: Jamie McMurray Threads the Needle for Runner-Up Position


When the white flag flew at Talladega Superspeedway Jamie McMurray was running fifth, however, as the pack of cars exited turn two, McMurray was making his run to the front of pack. As the eventual race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started pull away from the pack hitting the Alabama Gang Superstretch, McMurray made his move.

Knowing that he had a car to vie for the GEICO 500 win, McMurray split the cars of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch to jump to second. McMurray continued to chase down Stenhouse, the fastest car of the weekend, but as it was the final lap, he just ran out of time.

“The middle was by far the best lane for me all day,” noted McMurray. “It was really close, I thought the 17 was going to be able to pull out ahead of everyone.”

“This has been a really good track for me, but I haven’ been able to finish here in the last couple of the years, so I’m happy with my finish,” he added.

A driver that has faced criticism in the past for making risky like this, McMurray had his sights set on the checkered flag and made the choice that almost got him his first win of the season.

“It’s super circumstantial on the track of who’s in front of you, who’s behind you… it was a good overall day for us,” McMurray said.

“It’s interesting, because in year’s past I feel like this a track you can win at and gain great points, and we have run so well at so many tacks this year, this was a track that I just wanted to survive at so we can get to another track and race,” noted McMurray post-race.

This is McMurray’s second top-five finish in the Spring Talladega race in as many seasons. His runner-up position is the best in his career in the Spring race as he has seven top-ten finishes in fifteen tries.

McMurray has a pair of wins at NASCAR’s largest track, both in the Fall race – 2009 and 2013.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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