All Clear! NASCAR Star Jamie McMurray Returns to Form with Talladega Triumph
It’s been a weekend of resurgence for Oakley’s four-wheel motorsports team –and Jamie McMurray’s wide smile painted that picture perfectly at NASCAR’s mecca.
Oakley’s star driver ended an extended victory drought with a smooth triumph at Talladega this past weekend, picking up his first ‘W’ since Oct. 2010.
Smashing through an abnormally mellow speedway – devoid of its usual massive crashes, scrambling and head-to-head battles throughout – Jamie skated through the final 15 laps with no incident to spoil his return to victory lane.
“Yeah, completely surprised,” Jamie said, following his seventh career win. “In these races, it becomes much more intense, and everyone starts taking bigger risks. I was really surprised that they weren’t able to put something together and make more of a run. Yeah, I was shocked by that.”
Jamie’s relatively smooth last few runs around the 2.66-mile track had the entire mass of drivers running single file behind him until the white flag. All despite 52 lead changes earlier in the race.
“If you make the commitment to go to the bottom and you can’t get 10 good cars with you, you lose 10 to or 12 spots,” he continued. “The risk isn’t worth the reward.”
At the end of the day, Jamie reaped the discretion of his fellow drivers – opting to minimize risk on a track that saw four wild pileups the evening before.
Fellow Oakley driver, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., also charged his way to a podium finish with a third place result.
Congratulations to Jamie and Ricky for a big day of racing at one of the most legendary venues in the sport!