Jamie 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 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.
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 standings.
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.