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Jamie McMurray will make his 24 start in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. His first start at Atlanta came in 2002, filling in for an injured Sterling Marlin, just two weeks after his first series win at Charlotte. In 23 previous starts McMurray has completed 7,158 laps (10,737 miles) of competition and has scored four top-10 finishes. McMurray has two wins to his credit at Atlanta in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Sunday will be the final race on Atlanta’s current pavement before the track undergoes a repave.
“No one likes repaves. No driver, no crew member, Goodyear, no one likes a repave,” said McMurray. “Unfortunately, it’s part of our sport. That being said, Atlanta is one of the more challenging tracks to have to repave because when they repaved it the first time it was the fastest track we ran on. It’s still really fast and it is going to be the fastest track again when we go back. We have done quite a few repaves in the last seven or eight years and I feel like with every one, you kind of know the expectation when you go back with the tires that we are going to run. They have learned a lot, I think, about the process and how they go about that. The biggest thing that has come along with repaves is that tire monster where they are able to put like six or eight tires and they literally spin them and they can lay rubber into the track and that has made a huge difference in some of the tracks.”