McMurray's Hard Luck Knows No End

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2009

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #26 Crown Royal Ford, sits in his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2009 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

There are many drivers you can say have the worst luck.
You can say Dale Earnhardt Jr, you can say, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, or even Reed Sorenson.

But for the past few season none has probably matched up worst than Jamie McMurray.
And just McMurray’s luck even though he is having a rough season being 20th in points no top fives yet 3 top tens, he is ahead of drivers Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr and more importantly is 10 spots ahead of David Ragan who is 30th with his lone top 10 coming in the Daytona 500 a 6th 21 races ago.

Now thanks to DeWalt leaving Matt Kenseth and UPS being Loyal to Ragan, McMurray’s Crown Royal sponsorship was taken away and give to Kenseth leaving McMurray without a ride for 2010.

The driver has options stating he has 3 options 2 of which are really good. One can assume his options are going back to Ganassi the team he experienced the most success with, a 4th car at Gibbs and the 3rd Stewart Haas car being he was up for consideration for the 2nd car in 2008.

But his tenure are Roush has been 1 of little highs and a bunch of lows none which are his fault.

In 2006 he came to Roush Fenway racing expecting to make the chase and contend for the cup championship. After all in the last 2 season he had finished 11th and 12th in points missing the chase in 2004 due to a points fine at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol despite having 23 top tens that year 2nd only to Jeff Gordon, And in 2005 he entered Richmond top ten in points but got wrecked by Tony Raines.

Anyway in 2006 Roush had an off year. Plus Jamie had 3 crew chief changes and was given Kurt Busch’s older cars. Here is how it works folks. Older cars get out dated based on the newer cars getting lighter and when 1 car might handle good for one person it might handle terrible for another person.
He was in a bad situation in his first season.

In 2007 he had a good season was as high as 7th in points and won his 2nd career win at Daytona in the summer. But his bad luck kicked in and with a cut down tire at Chicagoland, a wreck at Indy, a wreck at the Glen, and getting wrecked at Richmond cost him the chase. And getting into more wrecks not of his doing in the final 10 races cost him finishing 13th to 15th in points.

2008 started out terrible with having a flat while running in the top ten at Auto Club, getting spun and having his header cover knocked off at Vegas, to getting wrecked at Bristol he went to 36th in points for 1 race.
But the end of 2008 was as good as it got. But his badluck struck again when he had the best car at Dover Robby Gordon got loose being a lap down and wrecked McMurray taking him out. At Martinsville after leading 35 laps having an axle break, and at Texas leading late laps only to pit have 2 cars stay out making him finish 3rd.

This season despite Roush being off as a whole he has really only missed the setup twice, Chicagoland and Indy. Other than that he has been a solid 9th to 15th place car and should be at least 15th in points contending for the chase but things like getting into the Jr/Vickers deal at Daytona while running in the top 5, brake issues at Auto Club while running in the top ten, getting wrecked by Montoya at Bristol while running 9th, tranny issues at Texas while running 8th, getting in the bigone at Talladega on lap 7, getting stuffed in the fence at Darlington when Vickers cut a tire, wrecking on pit road at Dover, a rain out at Lowes, getting wrecked by Harvick at Loudon, and having the same tranny issue at the glen while running 7th have cost him valuable points.

He has had cars capable of winning at the Daytona 500, Talladega and Darlington. He has had 5th place cars at Auto Club, Dover, and the Glen but something always seems to happen.

For the first time in the 2009 season he is bringing out a brand new car it will be this week at Michigan.

Best of luck to McMurray on the rest of the year and good luck getting the right opportunity