By: Robbie Mays – @robbiemays | MRN.com on October eight, 2017 | 6:21 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
McMurray scored factors in each levels and now sits eighth within the playoff standings. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;
CONCORD, N.C. – Chip Ganassi Racing posted a pair of prime-10 finishes to start out the Spherical of 12 in Sunday’s Financial institution of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
However it might have been a lot better.
Early within the race, Kyle Larson missed his pit stall and needed to go round and are available again for service, dropping again deep within the subject.
Then after approaching to pit street in first place through the third stage, Larson’s rear tire service fell, slowing his pit cease considerably. Larson restarted twelfth on the following restart however might solely handle to rebound to complete tenth.
“I completely missed my pit stall there early after which our rear service slipped and it value us a bit of bit,” Larson stated. “Our pit crew has been actually good all yr. They’ll rebound fantastic.”
Larson’s surge again to the entrance after the miscue was halted by visitors and an sick-dealing with automotive.
“The the final forty-50 laps was irritating,” Larson stated. “Proud that we fought arduous all day and nonetheless salvaged a prime-10.”
Jamie McMurray scored his seventh prime-10 end on a 1.5 mile monitor in 2017, coming house within the fifth place. It’s the third prime-5 end of the season for McMurray and first since ending fifth at Michigan in June.
“We had in all probability the quickest automotive initially. This can be a actually good monitor for me,” McMurray stated. “Yearly we appear to run properly right here. Our automobiles have been superior this yr. I had actually good pit stops. We had all the things going for us.
“Simply have to line up within the right lane on the restarts and have these first good two or three laps. General only a strong day.”
McMurray was considered one of many drivers who have been affected by unseasonably heat and humid circumstances at Charlotte on Sunday.
“It’s not scorching as we speak, simply humid. I knew once I got here out of my bus earlier than the race began whereas we have been standing out right here it wasn’t that scorching it was simply muggy and sticky,” McMurray stated. “Within the automotive the air conditioners don’t work when it’s like that. It’ll be an extended 24 hours getting rehydrated and getting going once more.”
Now each Ganassi drivers head to Talladega subsequent Sunday in search of a win to clinch a spot within the Spherical of eight within the Playoffs. Whereas Larson has by no means gained at Talladega, McMurray is a two-time winner on the 2.sixty six-mile Alabama superspeedway.
“I view Talladega as going there and racing as onerous as I can each lap. Making an attempt to get as many stage factors as I can,” McMurray stated. “I do know that when the factor is over we’ll have had a shot to win however we’ll even have a superb shot to get crashed.”