MCMURRAY DRIVES THE BAD BOY BUGGIES CHEVY HOME TO A 19th-PLACE FINISH AT CHARLOTTE
CONCORD, N.C. (May 26, 2013) – The Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule, is the traditional series stop for Memorial Day weekend. Jamie McMurray, driving the No. 1 Chevy SS, would start from the ninth position and had a strong run going that was foiled late in the race with an oil leak and relegated the team to a 19th-place finish
The 400-lap, 600-mile race, had lots of action which included 11 cautions and three red-flags for nearly 30 minutes of delay. The first red-flag was a bizarre incident where a cable from an overhead camera broke and ended up on the racing surface. The cable caused damage to several cars and injured some fans in the grandstands. NASCAR allowed teams 15 minutes under the red-flag to make repairs to any damage caused by the cable.
Jamie McMurray rolled off from the ninth position on Sunday afternoon and would race the No. 1 Chevy among the top-10 until lap 320 of the 400-lap race. McMurray, while driving under caution, reported that he could see and smell smoke coming from the car. After bringing the car to the attention of the crew they discovered a small oil leak that required repairs and a new oil-line. McMurray would return to action five laps down to the leaders, but was able to pick up five more positions in the closing laps and bring the Bad Boy Buggies Chevy SS to a 19th-place finish.
McMurray commented following the race. “It’s just a frustrating finish to a really long day. We had a good car and raced around the top-10 the entire night. While we were under caution I could see and smell some smoke. Our guys made quick repairs to the cut oil line, but we had lost a few laps already. I just wish we could have had a better finish tonight, it was definitely a top-10 car, maybe better.”
- Charlotte Motor Speedway is the site of McMurray’s first NSCS victory in October 2002
- The No. 1 team hosted US Air Force Senior Airman Kevin Jackson as a special guest in honor of his service and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “Welcome Home the Troops” event
- McMurray moved up one position to 14th-place in the NSCS point standings, just 14 points out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
The next event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. The race will air live on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, June 2.
About Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.