Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson failed to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but they may have impacted its results at Charlotte last week. McMurray and Larson took precious points away from championship-qualifying drivers by posting respective finishes of third and sixth.
Both members of the Ganassi duo will attempt to play spoiler again and notch their first victories of the season in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN).
Last year’s fall race winner at Talladega, McMurray also notched a victory in 2009 at the 2.66-mile course. The No. 1 McDonald’s Monopoly Chevrolet boasts four career wins at restrictor plate tracks.
Larson has performed almost as well as anyone in the Chase since it began. If he qualified for NASCAR’s playoffs, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year frontrunner would be second to Joey Logano in points. He rides a streak of five consecutive top-six finishes into Talladega where he placed ninth in the spring.
“Kyle and I, when we sit in our team meetings and talk, it’s just about trying to win,” McMurray said. “We have a completely different type of pressure on us than what Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon and these guys (have).
“They’re kind of having their own little race, and Kyle and I are just going out every week and trying to win.”