Mcmurray Money At Indianapolis
July 25, 2010 | 5:25 P.M. EST
McMurray's two tire pit stop on a late race trip to pit road proved to be the winning move as the Earnhardt Ganssi Racing driver scored his fifth career Sprint Cup Series win in the 17th edition of the Brickyard 400.
The victory gave McMurray's car owner Chip Ganassi the unprecedented accomplishment of winning the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year.
McMurray joins Jimmie Johnson and Dale Jarrett as the only three drivers to pull off the Daytona-Indianapolis double.
The win came amid some late race drama and at the expense of McMurray's EGR teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.
Montoya dominated the race and appeared headed for victory and redemption for giving up last year's Brickyard when he was caught speeding on pit road. But a decision to take four tires on what turned out to be the second to last trip to pit road on the day cost Montoya as he dropped back to seventh when six other drivers only took two.
Among those were McMurray, whose two-tire pit stop put him in the top spot with 18 laps remaining. However at the drop of the green flag, Harvick ran down McMurray and passed him for the lead.
But then caution flew when Montoya crashed with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. racing out of the fourth turn with both cars making heavy contact with each other and the inside wall before the start of pit road.
Montoya's Target Chevrolet was destroyed and despite leading 86 laps his hopes of winning the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 were again thwarted.
With 11 laps to go the green flag once again reappeared and this time it was McMurray getting the jump on Harvick, sailing into the lead. As the laps wound down McMurray pulled away and drove to a comfortable win as he took the checkered flag racing across the yard of bricks.
"We didn't have the best car," McMurray said. "When Kevin got by me, I thought the race was over. Our car was real tight, but when Kevin gave me the outside lane [on the restart], it gave me what I needed."
After leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the 2009 season, McMurray has excelled with EGR - particularly in the most prestigious races on the schedule.
"We've been really good in big events. I can't believe we won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year. It's unreal."
Series point leader and 2003 Indianapolis winner Harvick trailed McMurray across the finish line with Biffle on his rear bumper for third.
Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.
Jeff Burton, carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch completed the top ten finishers.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Pocono Raceway for next Sunday's Sunoco Pennsylvania Red Cross 500.