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2010. A long time coming for Jamie McMurray.

Here is a brief rundown of Jamie McMurray’s NASCAR career shown through various youtube clips and pictures from his Busch series days through today.

He made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut at Talladega in the fall of 2002 for

McMurray won in only his 2nd ever Cup start

Chip Ganassi Racing after replacing Sterling Marlin due to a neck injury. He escaped Dega with a finish in the mid-20s, but he kept the car in one piece. People had no idea who Jamie McMurray was. He was going to make himself known. The next race, he shocked everybody by leading nearly all of the final 100 laps at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and held off a hard charging former champion Bobby Labonte for the win. (Click here to watch the video)

He had broken the modern era record for winning the quickest, in only his second ever start, and he hadn’t even ever won a Busch or Craftsman Truck race. Yet.

Within weeks of this Cup triumph, he stumbled into victory lane in his Busch car for the first time. Literally. Check it out.

The next week, he won AGAIN in his Busch car, this time at Rockingham, and again it was an extremely exciting victory!

It took nearly 5 years, but McMurray finally picked up his 2nd career win in 2007 at Daytona.

Things were happening very quickly for the young 26 year old from Joplin, Missouri. And then he started racing full time in Cup. Yes he won Rookie of the Year in 2003, but he would go winless in Cup until 2007. People began to think that “this next big thing” would be nothing more than a fluke. His fans stuck behind him though.

McMurray's 3rd career win came at Talladega in 2009.

After announcing that he was leaving Roush Fenway Racing after 2009, he went out and won at Talladega in the fall. Little did he know that this was only a preview.

2010 came and McMurray found himself in a familiar place – driving for Chip Ganassi. In the biggest NASCAR race of the season, the Daytona 500, Jamie McMurray showed he can still race. And win.

In the second biggest race on the NASCAR schedule, McMurray accomplished something only done two other times in history: Win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400.

He started his career off with a bang, and has finally shown that he can do what was expected of him. In 2010, Jamie has proven not only that you can go home again, but waiting is not necessarily a bad thing. He is living proof of “never giving up.”


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