Jamie McMurray expects to start contending for race wins soon. In less than 30 days, to be exact.
“We had a really good car, and we’ve come a long way — especially the Chevys from the beginning of the year [on the] mile-and-a-halfs,” said McMurray. “I think in less than a month we will contend to win. That is a good feeling.”
McMurray finished sixth in the Coca-Cola 600, in what could arguably be the strongest he has looked so far this season. The finish was just the second top-10 result for McMurray this year.
“I don’t know what was wrong with the tires, we had two sets that they felt loose like it shook so bad that I pitted that one time under green and then we had a real short run and I had to pit again,” said McMurray. “I was just positive they were loose, but [the team] said there was nothing wrong, but it was shaking so bad, I was scared, so I went ahead and pitted.”
Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Kyle Larson rebounded from a spin to finish seventh. Both drivers started the race from inside the top 11.
“The 42 should have won Kansas, and we were off there, but both of our cars were good here tonight,” McMurray said of the progress. “It just seems like every day they get a little bit better.”
Larson ran as high as second during the race. But Larson complained about a year-long struggle with wheel hop and the rear end shaking after he spun in Turn 1 on Lap 274.
“’I’m bummed I gave up some track position when I got into the wall, but I was glad to see our team stay with it and come back for a top-10 finish tonight,” said Larson.
“Our DC Solar Chevy was pretty good all night, but we had to adjust on it throughout the race to stay ahead of some vibrations in the rear of the car. We had a shake to start the race, and I think that’s what upset me when I got into the wall, but we were able to work around it. This hasn’t been a great race for me, so glad to see us come away with a good finish tonight.”
Other Chevrolet drivers in the top 10 were Jimmie Johnson, the highest finisher in fifth, and Alex Bowman in ninth.