Written By Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jamie McMurray heads to Martinsville Speedway this week on top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup world and he feels pretty good about maintaining that perch.
McMurray won Sunday, the seventh victory of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career. All of those wins have come on tracks 1 ½ miles or longer, but that doesn't temper his confidence headed into the Goody's® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger.
"Plate tracks (superspeedways) are probably our best tracks, but Martinsville is our next best place," McMurray said after his win Sunday.
Statistics back McMurray up.
In 21 career Sprint Cup starts on Martinsville's half-mile oval, McMurray has 11 top-ten finishes, a pole and two outside-pole starts.
He is batting .500 in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Martinsville winning the Kroger 200 in the fall of 2004, one of only two truck series starts at the historic track.
Combine that Martinsville success with Sunday's win and McMurray feels pretty good about his chances in the Goody's® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger.
"It was so cool to see the crew's faces in victory lane and know when you go to Martinsville you have confidence, everybody on the team has confidence," said McMurray, who finished seventh at Martinsville in the spring. "It feels great to take this confidence and go to a track where I think we run really well."
Before McMurray takes to the track Sunday, he will make an appearance in Martinsville Speedway's new Party Plaza, the fun and exciting spot to spend part of race morning. He will be joined there by fellow drivers Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The drivers will make appearances at different times for emceed question-and-answer sessions.