Jamie McMurray Is a Winner Again

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent INovember 2, 2009

TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 01:  A NASCAR Official hands Jamie McMurray, driver of the #26 IRWIN Marathon Ford, on the track after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on November 1, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jamie McMurray has had a hard season.  Before Talladega he had 0 top fives, 4 top tens, and only 1 lap led.

After Talladega he led 32 laps on his way to his first top 5 of the season which happened to be his 3rd career victory.

McMurray ran his race smart all day.  Ran in the back at the start, made a charge with 40 to go, took the lead with 39 to go and would lead 32 of the last 39 laps.

With help from teammate and friend Matt Kenseth, McMurray was able to hold the lead, and made a great move when Dale Earnhardt Jr took the lead , by taking it right back.

After a multi car crash that had Ryan Newman getting on his roof it was a green white checkered.  McMurray was able to hold Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano off as Kurt Busch spun causing a mele which had Mark Martin landing on his roof.

"I saw the guys wreck behind me and I didn't know if I had to take the white [flag]," said McMurray, who nursed his fuel to get to the checkered flag.

"I made the comment...it's going to be luck," McMurray.

"Whoever can get in the right row and make the moves (will win)."

The pulse around the garage is that Jamie McMurray will be going to the 1 car and they are just waiting on Bass Pro to make their final choice.  This should make it alot easier for them.

This win has put life back into McMurray's career.  Even though his winless streak of  85 races was clearly not as bad of his winless streak of 166 races before winning the 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona beating Kyle Busch by a fender, it is huge showing that the 33 year old racecar driver can and will get the job done if put in the right situation.

Jamie knows how improtant this win was for his career.

"Winning certainly doesn't hurt my chances for a ride."  McMurray said.  "I went into Donnie's (Wingo) office and he said we needed a win and I said Talladega was probably going to be our best shot."

With 3 races to go in his Roush racing career, McMurray is excited to perhaps grab another win.

"Matt ran well at Lowes and that is alot like Texas."  McMurray said.  "Were all going to use that setup and hope for similar results."

I can honestly say that this couldn't have happened a nicer guy in the garage.  So I must say, Congrats to Jamie McMurray you are a winner again the Sprint Cup series.