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Jamie McMurray, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing - Q&A

The winner of this year's Camping World RV Sales 500 race, Jamie McMurray, met with the media and answered questions after his victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon.
Camping World RV Sales 500 race winner Jamie McMurray met with the media on Sunday, accompanied by car owner Felix Sabates and his crew chief Kevin Manion to discuss his first Cup victory in over three years.

Q:
Let's hear from our race winning team of today's 45th Annual Camping World RV Sales 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race here at Talladega Superspeedway, and our race winner is Jamie McMurray. He drives the #1 Cessna Chevrolet for Earnhardt-Ganassi with Felix Sabates Racing, and he's joined up here by his crew chief Kevin Manion and car owner Felix Sabates.

Jamie, congratulations, just a super win for you here today, your first win in 2013, but your seventh win in the Sprint Cup Series. You've won twice now here at Talladega. Talk a little bit about what your strategy was there at the end because it certainly worked.

Jamie McMurray:
Yeah, I felt really good about our car in practice. When you come to Daytona or Talladega you run 10 laps of practice and your car is either good or it's bad. Spring race here I didn't feel very good about the car, didn't suck up very well, just didn't seem to have any speed in it.

On Friday I felt really good about it. I told Bono, it's really good, it's fast, it sucks up, it drives well. If we get ourselves in the right position we can win on Sunday.

Just overall had a really good week leading up to this. Bono and I were talking about it just a little bit ago. When you come to a plate track, the mentality, it goes both ways. Sometimes you're excited, sometimes not so much. I just was really excited about and looking forward to coming here this weekend. Had a good week leading up to this. We had a good practice on Friday.

I was a little discouraged that I couldn't get to the front earlier in the race. I felt like I put myself in a good position a few times, and I just could never get to the lead, and I felt like we had a car that had enough speed in it that if I could get there it would be hard to pass me. I saw the #48 and I think the #88, it looked like they led a lot of the race, and they could change lanes and kind of pull each lane with them.

And finally at the end with 25 or 30 to go I saw the outside lane come in, the spotter is like the #17 and #88 are really moving along quick in that lane. I got up in front of them and then I was a little bit shocked that the #24 and the #18 let me have the outside. Those guys were in the middle and I got a big run off 2 on each of them at different times at the end, and both of them let me go to the outside, which I was shocked that they did. Once I was able to clear them, though, it went single file and then you're just kind of counting the laps down at that point trying to figure out what the #88 is going to do for a move.

Q:
Kevin, maybe just talk about some of the things that you all worked on from the time you unloaded in practice Friday and now to victory lane that you saw were some of the keys maybe in today's win.

Kevin Manion:


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