McMurray Continues to Set the Pace in Testing
With teams focusing on race set-up for the inaugural nighttime running of the 500-mile Fall Classic, McMurray¿s No. 42 Havoline Dodge was clocked on the unofficial stopwatches with a fastest lap of 177.282 mph around the 1.5-mile superspeedway. McMurray, the surprise winner of last year¿s UAW-GM Quality 500, ran many consistent laps between 176 and 177 mph.
¿We are definitely better than we were here in May,¿ McMurray said. ¿We¿ve gone through a bunch of shocks, basically trying stuff we don¿t have time to try during a race weekend. We think we¿ve found something and the car is driving really good. I¿m looking forward to coming back in October.¿
Jeff Fultz, a former ARCA RE/MAX Series winner here, was second fastest at 177.072 mph in the No. 55 Ford. Two-time UAW-GM Quality 500 winner Dale Jarrett was third fastest at 175.821 mph in the No. 88 UPS Ford. Like McMurray, Jarrett made several long runs consistently recording laps in the 175-mph range.
Christian Fittipaldi was fourth fastest at 173.482 mph in the No. 44 Dodge.
NASCAR Busch Series point leader Scott Riggs was also on hand, but the No. 57 CLR team loaded up their Ford prior to sunset. Larry Foyt and Scott Wimmer did not return for the second day of open testing.
The six-hour session was run without an on-track incident.
Testing for October Super Week at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway continues Thursday evening, Sept. 18, when ARCA RE/MAX Series teams make final preparations for the Oct. 9 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 150. The session will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the main grandstand will be open free to the public.
Tickets for the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 11, start at just $19 and are available online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.
The unofficial speeds:
1. Jamie McMurray, 177.282 mph; 2. Jeff Fultz, 177.072; 3. Dale Jarrett, 175.821; 4. Christian Fittipaldi, 173.482; 5. Scott Riggs, 173.176.