No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
Jamie McMurray will make his 17th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Darlington Raceway on Sunday evening. In his 16 previous starts, McMurray has led 163 laps around the 1.36-mile egg-shaped oval and sports an average starting spot of 14.5 and an average finish of 15.9. During that span he has recorded three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
This weekend, McMurray’s Chevrolet will sport a throw back look to commemorate the 1980 car driven by Spartanburg, S.C. native and 10-time Darlington race winner David Pearson. The No. 1 car that Pearson drove won the Spring race at Darlington and finished second in the Southern 500 in 1980. The Hoss Ellington-owned car was easily recognized during the era, with the unique stylized numeral one — the large white number one that was overlaid with a smaller number one and red star. Ellington, a driver and owner for more than 20 years in NASCAR, had just one win at Darlington, with Pearson at the wheel of the No. 1 Chevrolet.
“This race has been a lot of fun the last couple of years with the throwback stuff,” said McMurray. “It is fun to show up and see all of the different looks that the teams show up with. From a competitive standpoint, this is one of the more challenging races all year. The track demands so much attention, the turns are so different from each end of the track and the tire fall-off is crazy. It is all about managing the race and your car for such a long race. I think we have a cool looking McDonald’s Chevy this weekend that pays tribute to David Pearson, who won at Darlington in 1980 and the stylized number one that will be on the car is a familiar look from car owner Hoss Ellington.”