Last October, Jamie McMurray won his seventh career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and his fourth in the series at a restrictor plate track.
In 2013 at Talladega, McMurray won for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010, snapping a 108-race winless streak. McMurray had led only one lap until he got to the front with 15 laps to go. He held that spot the rest of the way, once again showing he has a knack for restrictor-plate racing. McMurray has won twice at Daytona International Speedway (including the 2010 Daytona 500) and twice at Talladega Superspeedway.
As the series returns to Talladega this week for the Aaron’s 499, a win for McMurray at the track would hold added value, potentially securing him a spot in the Chase Grid. Despite his success in restrictor plate races, McMurray acknowledges the unpredictability of the style of racing at Daytona and Talladega, and has even surprised himself with his own success. “Yeah, completely surprised,” McMurray said after the seventh victory of his career. “In these races, it becomes much more intense, and everyone starts taking bigger risks.”