DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Jamie McMurray was involved in two separate incidents that took him from contention in the season-opening Advance Auto Parts Clash, exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway. First, on lap 35 when he made contact with another car and caused some right front damage and another on lap 43, which forced him to retire early from the race, when he cut a tire and made heavy right side contact.

“I was pretty loose the entire time, but got really loose when I spun and made some contact with the right front,” said McMurray. “I haven’t seen a replay so I don’t know if it was circumstantial based on the car behind me or what happened, but I just drove in the corner and it just got out from under me, I chased it, but wasn’t able to recover.”

The next race is the Cam-Am Duels qualifying races on Thursday night in prime time on Fox Sports 1.

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