Jammie McMurray began racing at the age of eight on the local tracks around his hometown of Joplin, Mo. Success came early for McMurray when he won
the World Go-Karting Championship in 1991. McMurray then made the move to NASCAR late models in 1992 and competed in the NASCAR RE/MAX
Challenge Series from 1998-1999.
McMurray made his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1999 and competed in 15 truck races in 2000, earning two Bud Pole Awards and
posting one top-five and three top-10 finishes.The next step on the racing ladder saw McMurray advance to the NASCAR Nationwide Series during the 2001
and 2002 racing seasons. His breakout season came in 2002 in the Nationwide Series, where he scored two victories and posted six top-five and 14 top-10
finishes en route to finishing sixth in the point standings.
McMurray exploded onto the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series scene in October, 2002 when he shocked the racing world by winning his first NASCAR Cup race in
only his second start. McMurray, who was filling in for the injured Sterling Marlin, won the fall Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and set a new NASCAR
modern-era record by becoming the quickest driver to win a Cup race. McMurray assumed driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 42 Dodge for Chip
Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the start of the 2003 season. The Joplin, Mo., native laid a solid foundation during his rookie year, scoring five top-five
and 13 top-10 finishes en route to finishing 13th in the final point standings. McMurray also grabbed his first career pole award at Homestead-Miami
Speedway. To cap off the amazing season, McMurray was named the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year.
The 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup season saw McMurray pick up where he left off in 2003. During the 36-race stretch, McMurray posted nine top-five and 23 top-
10 finishes. McMurray’s 23 top-10 finishes were the second highest in the Series for 2004. In addition, McMurray finished the 2004 season 11th in points and
earned a $1 million bonus for his efforts. McMurray posted 12 top-10 finishes in the last 14 races of the 2004 season and scored the second-most points
during the 10-race Chase for the Championship. Continuing his success from 2004, McMurray drove another great season in 2005, posting four top-five and
10 top-10 finishes. Near the end of 2005, McMurray signed a multi-year deal to drive for Jack Roush at Roush Fenway Racing beginning with the 2006 season.
In his first year at Roush Fenway Racing, McMurray felt the struggles of a new driver in a new program. McMurray’s best finish of the season came at Dover
in June, where he led 95 of the closing laps, only to finish second behind Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Matt Kenseth. McMurray’s next best finish came
at Watkins Glen, where McMurray finished third. He finished the 2006 season with three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
In 2007, McMurray and new crew chief Larry Carter found immediate success together as the duo racked up one win, three top fives, nine top-10 finishes
and one pole award. At Infineon Raceway in June 2007, McMurray won his third pole award with a fast lap of 77.521 seconds around the 1.99-mile road
course. In July 2007, McMurray scored his second Sprint Cup win at Daytona International Speedway. McMurray battled Kyle Busch down to the last lap,
beating Busch to the start/finish line by .005 seconds. The finish tied McMurray for the second-closest finish in NASCAR history. In 2007, McMurray scored
top-five finishes at Daytona, Texas Motor Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway. McMurray finished the 2007 season 17th in the Sprint Cup point
The 2008 season brings new challenges to McMurray and Carter as NASCAR makes the switch to the “Car of Tomorrow” for all 38 Sprint Cup races.
McMurray will again team up with Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrial Tools in 2008. The No. 26 team, Carter and McMurray look forward to a success run
at the 2008 Sprint Cup Championship. McMurray continues to serve as the primary voice for Crown Royal’s social responsibility program “Be a Champion.
Drink Responsibly.” In 2007, McMurray participated in Crown Royal’s “Safe Rides Home” program in downtown Indianapolis. Since its inception in 2003, the
Safe Rides Home program has provided thousands of rides home for adults in race markets across the country. This marks the third year in a row that the
program hits the streets of Indianapolis.
Off the track, McMurray enjoys fishing and has continued to advance the development of the Jamie McMurray Foundation. McMurray’s foundation supports
autism awareness and autism research programs. This year, the Jamie McMurray Foundation has donated more than $50,000 to Autism Speaks, along with
other autism research charities. Other charitable events included a special paint scheme, firesuit, and helmet for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover
International Speedway in April, an online charity auction during the month of April, which raised more than $25,000 and a partnership with SPEED Channel
in the fall of 2007 to host the Second Annual SPEED Channel “RaceDay” Golf Tournament
Jammie McMurray
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