Jamie McMurray’s title hopes officially ended when the No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet was caught up in a 15-car wreck during the late stages of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. McMurray, who ran in the top-five for most of the race, was running fourth on lap 199 when he was collected in the multi-car wreck that ended the title hopes for several championship contenders. Kansas was the third and final race in the Round of 12 of NASCAR’s Playoffs, as the field has now been whittled down to eight, leaving both Chip Ganassi Racing teams outside of the cutline.
“We had a really fast Cessna Chevy today. I felt like we had one of the best cars and felt that if we could have made it to the lead, I could have stayed up front for a while. We have had two bad races in a row and there is nothing that you can do about that. I was looking forward to just getting to the end of the race. We needed everything to go our way today, pit stops, strategy etc. and things were looking that way for us. We had one of the best cars on long runs, but it just didn’t work out for us.”