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    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A look back at Jamie McMurray's second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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    Inside Line
    In the final restrictor plate race using the current car, Jamie McMurray got a nose past Kyle Busch to win the Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway by a margin of .005 seconds

    Key to Victory Lane
    McMurray was able to overcome a pass through penalty for passing below the yellow line on lap 30 for the win. He quickly marched back through the field where his teammate Carl Edwards gave him a little help on the last lap to get ahead at the checkered flag.

    Zero to Hero
    After multiple repairs after an early crash with Jeff Green, Kasey Kahne was able to battle back to finish ninth for his second consecutive top-10 finish at Daytona.

    Hero to Zero
    Pre-race favorites Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin were both eliminated from contention in an accident on Lap 13 that began when Stewart bumped Hamlin in Turn 4. Two-time defending race winner Tony Stewart finished 38th while Hamlin, last week’s winner at New Hampshire International Speedway, finished 43rd.

    Rookie of the Race
    David Ragan, who finished 12th, was the top finishing rookie again at Daytona. Saturday’s finish marks the eighth time he took top rookie honors in 2007.



    Notables
    After starting 32nd, David Gilliland finished 11th. Robby Gordon started the night 25th and wound up finishing 15th.

    Pepsi 400 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Kyle Busch - 4.356
  • Fastest Early In a Run: David Gilliland - 185.172 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Casey Mears - 181.297 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: David Gilliland - 187.404 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 2: Kyle Busch - 181.107 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 3: Kurt Busch - 185.770 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 4: Kyle Busch - 180.518 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Bobby Labonte, Paul Menard and David Stremme – 10
  • Fastest on Restarts: Robby Gordon - 179.353 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: J.J. Yeley - 226

    Pit Stops
  • Jamie McMurray captured his second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 168th start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • McMurray won the 98th race for car owner Jack Roush. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • McMurray became the fifth driver to win at DIS from the 15th position. He also became the 29th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
  • McMurray won the 3rd race of the season for Ford. It was also the 579th overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Kyle Busch’s second place finish matches his career best NEXTEL Cup Series run at Daytona International Speedway. Last season, he finished runner-up in the Pepsi 400 as well.
  • Kurt Busch recorded his third top-five and fourth top-10 finish of the year.
  • Carl Edwards scored his career best finish at DIS with his fourth place result.
  • Jeff Gordon’s fifth-place finish is his sixth consecutive top-10 result, a streak which began at Dover on June 4.
  • Despite winning the 2003 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Greg Biffle recorded only his second top-10 finish in 10 starts at the 2.5-mile track.
  • With his seventh place result, Clint Bowyer lowered his average finish at Daytona International Speedway to 10.2 in four starts.
  • Matt Kenseth added his 12th top-10 finish in only the 18th race of the 2007 season.
  • Kasey Kahne’s only two top-10 results this season have been at Daytona.
  • Jimmie Johnson now has eight top-10s in 12 Daytona starts.
  • The 160-lap race saw 28 lead changes among 12 drivers and an average speed of 138.983 mph.
  • Eight caution flags were thrown for 30 laps.
  • The Pepsi 400 lasted 2 hours, 52 minutes, 41 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • Kevin James - best command to start engines ever!
  • Bet Denny Hamlin gets a call from his mother after that mess with Stewart - "Oh Denny."
  • Kyle Busch will have to have his mail start being forwarded from Hendrick Motorsports this week.
  • Kyle Petty is great in the television booth but FYI KP - it's "Hendrick" not Hendricks." Next week in Chicago, it's Soldier Field too, not Soldiers.
  • What a difference four months makes at Daytona, huh Kevin Harvick?
  • Ray Evernham has to thank his lucky stars he still has Kasey Kahne in his stable after watching Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler Saturday night.

    Garage Talk
  • "I didn’t know that I won. I actually hit the wall after crossing the start-finish line, and I wasn’t sure I won; there was so much screaming on the radio and I couldn’t tell. I didn’t know if we were screaming because we were happy or we were screaming because we didn’t know if we won. So, I was trying to just hold it all in until I was positive that we’d won." -Jamie McMurray.
  • "I felt like I won. Just to know how hard Jamie works, to know how close that team’s been." -Carl Edwards
  • "I guess I'm the outsider looking in now and I'm probably not going to be invited into the team meetings next week so I think bliss is over at Hendrick Motorsports for Kyle Busch. We'll get ready for 2008." -Kyle Busch
  • "All of a sudden he just stops on the exit of (Turn) 4 in front of 42 cars and I guess expects all of us to drive around him. I don't know. It's tore up two really good race cars. He tried to crash us on Friday in practice and didn't get it done so he finished it off today." -Tony Stewart’s view on his incident with Denny Hamlin
  • "Like I said last week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Tony Stewart is Tony Stewart. He's a great race car driver and he can drive the wheels off of anything. And when he says something, we're just going to believe it." -Kyle Busch
  • "It’s every man for himself. The only thing that I’ve told the guys, the only orders are that you should make an effort to be respectful and to not exacerbate somebody else’s problem by causing him to wreck, except for the last corner of the last lap. Then all bets are off. They can do whatever they want." -Jack Roush on what instructions he gives his drivers.

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of 1 to 10 ice cold Pepsi's, we'll give Saturday night's Pepsi 400 a solid nine. That may have been the best race of the season and although some don't like restrictor plate racing, Saturday night was an electrifying 400 miles from start to finish. Mother Nature finally cooperated, a photo finish and a driver winning for the first time in nearly five years. Doesn't get much better than that. Now it's a trip to the Windy City (or somewhere close anyways) with next weekend's trip to Chicagoland Speedway.

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