Please Don't Send Jamie McMurray a Card
On National One-Hit Wonder Day
McMurray, the defending winner of the Oct. 11 UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, will probably not be mentioned along with such artists as Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Brownsville Station or Terry Jacks on this unique day.
But of the 29 drivers who have won the UAW-GM Quality 500 since it debuted in 1960, McMurray is the only one to have recorded his lone NASCAR Winston Cup victory in the 500-mile fall classic.
¿Jamie really wants to win this race again to prove last year wasn¿t a fluke,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿He¿s a tremendous young talent and will win many, many more races, but until he visits victory lane again he¿ll have to deal with that ¿One-Hit Wonder¿ tag.¿
Subbing for an injured Sterling Marlin last year, McMurray¿s UAW-GM Quality 500 victory came in only his second NASCAR Winston Cup start. This season, the Missouri native has recorded five top-five finishes and nine top-10 showings in 28 races and leads the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year point standings.
Besides McMurray, the other 28 drivers who have won the UAW-GM Quality 500 have combined to record an amazing 1,232 NASCAR Winston Cup career victories. The list of winners reads like a who¿s who of stock car racing and includes Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt.
Tickets for the inaugural nighttime running of the UAW-GM Quality 500 start at just $19 and can be obtained online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS. Charlotte area hotel rooms are also still available starting at $79 per night and can be reserved at www.vroomz.com or by calling 1-877-FAN-ROOM.