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McDonald's Team Finishes 14th at Watkins Glen

Posted: August 11, 2014
Results (with starting position) for the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International

1. (6)        No. 47 Allmendinger, Chevrolet SS

2. (2)        No. 4 Ambrose, Ford

3. (5)        No. 41 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet SS

4. (23)      No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS (Larson)

14. (14)    No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS (McMurray)


The McDonald’s Chevy rolled off from the 14th position and quickly moved up into the top-10 where McMurray would compete throughout most of the event. In a race that was slowed by several cautions and three lengthy red-flag delays, the No. 1 team looked to take advantage of pit strategy for track-position. Late in the race McMurray reported that the handling on the McDonald’s Chevy SS was getting worse than it had been throughout the day. Crew chief Keith Rodden called for a final four tire pit stop under caution on lap 79, hoping that the fuel and fresh tires would be an advantage in the last 10 laps as several teams were gambling on fuel mileage. Unfortunately two more cautions with-in the last 10 laps hindered the march to the front and McMurray crossed the finish line with a 14th place result.

With his finish, McMurray moves up one position to 19th in the NSCS point standings. Currently, 10th to 19th in the NSCS points is separated by just 69 points.


NOTES OF INTEREST

• McMurray ran 74 of the 90 laps (82.2%) in the top-15

• The Cheez-It 355 was slowed by caution six times for 17 laps

• Just four races remain to determine the 16 teams that will compete for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup


CGRFS QUOTEBOARD


Jamie McMurray – No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS:
"Very frustrating that we were a fifth to eighth place car all day, then finish up 14th”, commented McMurray. “The guys did a good job on the McDonald's Chevy, but we just cycled through on pit stops hoping to be in position for a run at the end, but all of the cautions at the end hurt our chance for a run to the front.”


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400, Sunday Aug. 17, 2014. ESPN coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET, Sirius/XM Channel 90 and MRN radio will also have live coverage.