Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #17
Doubling Up – Chip Ganassi, owner of the No. 1 (Jamie McMurray) and No. 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) Chevrolets in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, climbed up into the pit road box of McMurray’s Bass Pro Shops team on lap 176 of tonight’s Coca-Cola 600 after arriving from the Indianapolis (Ind.) 500. One of Ganassi’s cars driven by Dario Franchiti, won the Indy 500, making Ganassi the first car owner to win the Daytona 500 (with McMurray driving) and the Indy 500 in the same year. After getting into the pit box, Ganassi said, “It’s been a great day so far, and it feels really good to win both 500s in the same year. Now, if we could only pull one off here, what a great thing that would be. It was a great race tonight. Jamie did his best trying to win it.” When McMurray won his first Cup race, he was subbing for an injured Sterling Marlin in the No. 40 Dodge, owned by Ganassi.
COCA-COLA 600 POST RACE:
Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite/Votex Dodge, winner) – “This is a great team in a great mood right now. We’ll be celebrating tomorrow on the lake (Lake Norman), and everybody can stop by and have a Miller Lite with us. Jamie McMurray kept us honest tonight by keeping the pressure on. This has been a dream come true. This was a fantastic job by my guys. This was one for the ages, to have a car that good in the daylight and continue that good at night. McMurray helped us to adjust our line and be able to stay out front. Beating a Ganassi car for Roger (Penske, team owner) is something else on Memorial Day weekend. A guy like Jeff Burton, Mark Martin – those are guys I’ve looked up to and learned a lot from. To race like we’ve done for the past two weekends at Charlotte is something special that makes you feel good. Either one of us (Kyle or Kurt) stands a good chance to continue the family streak (six in a row) at Pocono (Pa., next weekend).”
Jamie McMurray (No. 1, Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet, second place) – “We had a great car. We had a similar setup we ran in the Sprint Cup All-Star race last week. The car had so much speed, I only had to drive about 90 percent. Just didn’t have enough time to run Kurt down there the last time. I thought if I could get on the outside of Kurt, I might could have passed him. Chip (team owner Ganassi) came on the radio there about halfway in the race. I yelled at him because I hadn’t talked to him and didn’t realize he was here. These cars are so equal, it’s hard to pass sometimes. I was just having fun out there. Don’t know about the last stop, but it wasn’t perfect. My pit stall was like it was wet. Don’t know if that’s what caused [the problem] or not.”
Kyle Busch (No. 18, M&Ms Pretzel Toyota, third place) – “We had a really good car, one of the best early on. We got tangled up with a couple of cars on pit road and had a lot of damage. We had an awful car after that and worked on it and got it squared away. Really proud of the guys the way they worked in the pits and the jobs they did. Probably should have finished 11th or 12 th, but we worked on it and got it back up there. We had to go to the back there, and I was worried about going a lap down. On the restart with Jeff Burton, I was in the middle of being three-wide, and I didn’t have a whole lot of room, and I was trying not to wreck anyone. I didn’t do anything wrong, I don’t think. Now we go to the summer stretch and, hopefully, we can gain some points and have some good runs. The Busch family now has won six in a row and that’s pretty cool.”