Mcmurray Making Progress

After a slow start, Jamie McMurray is starting to show signs of why car owner Jack Roush wanted him to join his team.

McMurray notched his third Top 5 of the season on Sunday with an impressive road course run in the AMD at The Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

"We certainly needed a good run and we didn't tear anything up," said McMurray, who piloted Roush's Crown Royal Ford to the third place finish. "The guys had great pit strategy and we had a great pit stop when we came in and that's so important here."

McMurray now has scored four Top 10 finishes in his last eleven races, a big turnaround from the disappointing start to the year.

"It's been a very tough year," McMurray said. "It's been a huge struggle and it's been very frustrating, not only for me but for everybody on our team. When you can have good runs and everybody had a great time today. We had a really good car last week at Indy and had a little bit of trouble in the pits, so we made some adjustments there and we had some great pit stops today. That's encouraging."

Not known as a road course ace by any means, McMurray was the best of the potent Roush bunch on Sunday which features some pretty decent road racers in Mark Martin and Greg Biffle.

"It seems every year there's always somebody, honestly, that it kind of happens unexpected," McMurray laughed. "I know Greg has done really well here and Mark always runs well on the road courses. Whether it's a road course race or an oval track race, it seems like all your track position and your pit strategy and your pit stops plays a huge role and you have to have a little bit of luck on your side once in a while."

Since Roush brought crew chief Bob Osborne over from Carl Edwards's No. 99 team earlier in the year, McMurray has shown steady improvement. There was speculation that Osborne might find his way back to the No. 99 car, but Roush has decided to keep things intact, which McMurray is happy about.

"It feels really good that Bob Osborne is gonna stay with our team," he said. "I really like Bob. He's super-intelligent and it's just nice to know that we're gonna be a team together for the rest of this year and for next year and, hopefully, for years to come and you can build on that. It's very tough when you keep changing people, so I feel very good about the rest of the year."

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