Jamie McMurray
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Jamie McMurray Driver Bio

Birthdate: June 3, 1976
Hometown: Joplin, Mo.
First Career Cup race: October 6, 2002 (Talladega)
Career Cup Poles: 11
Career Cup Wins: 7
Best Cup Championship Finish: 11th – 2004

In 2000, Jamie McMurray turned heads by winning the pole award in his first race for TKO Motorsports, at Michigan in the Camping World Truck Series.

He made 16 starts in the Truck Series and finished 22nd in the standings with a single top-five and four top-10 finishes, plus a second pole.

Before that early success, McMurray was the 1997 Lebanon I-44 Speedway track champion in his home state of Missouri. McMurray won U.S. kart titles in four of the five years between 1986 and 1992.

Jamie McMurrayBased on the way he lit up the Camping World Truck Series in 2000, Jamie McMurray was one of the pre-season favorites for the 2001 Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year Award. In the end, the driver of the No. 27 Williams Travel Centers Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet wound up third behind Greg Biffle and Scott Wimmer.

McMurray made his best start that year, sixth, at three very different venues: Daytona, Milwaukee and Las Vegas. That year’s best finishes, 10th-place, came at a similarly unique set of tracks: Indianapolis Raceway Park, Nazareth and Kentucky Speedway. He also led his first race in that year.

In 2002, McMurray had a life-changing season. While subbing for the injured Sterling Marlin, he won the UAW-GM 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in just his second career Cup start. McMurray then won back-to-back Xfinity Series races while leading a grand total of three laps.

Havoline Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates marked history in 2003 as McMurray became the third rookie driver for Havoline to win the Cup Series Rookie of the Year.

McMurray’s consistent performance throughout the 2003 season garnered five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, along with one pole. He finished 13th in the final NASCAR Cup Series point standings.

As the 2004 Cup season came to a close at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, McMurray had recorded his best season to date. McMurray scored a seventh-place finish in the 400-mile season finale to earn his 23rd top-10 finish of the season. It was also his 12th top-10 finish in that season’s last 14 races. McMurray finished the season 11th in points, and collected a check for $1 million for the points finish.

McMurray signed with Roush Fenway Racing midway through the 2005 season.

After finishing the season 12th in the points with one pole and 10 top-10 finishes, McMurray was set free from Ganassi for 2006 in the last month of the 2005 season.

For 2006, he joined Roush Racing to drive the No. 26 Ford, which used to be the No. 97 driven by Kurt Busch.

In 2007, McMurray gained his second career Cup Series victory. He started 15th in the Pepsi 400 and went to victory lane, beating Kyle Busch to the finish line. Additionally, McMurray won the pole at Infineon Raceway in June, and captured three top-fives and nine top-10s in 2007.

McMurray wasn’t able to make it to victory lane in 2008 but the Ford driver had a solid season in the COT’s (Car of Tomorrow) first full-time year in Cup competition and ended the year on a high note. All four of McMurray’s top-five finishes came in the season’s last six races. In fact, he posted three consecutive top-three finishes to finish out the year 16th in the standings. That points finish was his best to date for Roush Racing.

McMurray won the fall race at Talladega in 2009. His season ended with 22nd place in the points standings and only five top 10 finishes.

For 2010, McMurray was without a ride after being released from Roush and ended up back driving for Chip Ganassi at Ganassi-Earnhardt Racing. He and the team there enjoyed a historic season, winning the season opening Daytona 500, the mid-season Brickyard 400 and the second Charlotte event, the Bank of America 500. Aside from the victories, McMurray more than doubled his career poles during the 2010 season, with four, capturing the season’s pole award among all competitors.

In addition, the team racked up quite an impressive list of statistics including nine top-five, 12 top-10 finishes, and 346 laps led. These stats, finishes and many other great performances brought McMurray home in the 14th position in the final 2010 points standings.

Right after the season ended, McMurray and his wife, Christy, welcomed their first child, a boy, Carter on Thanksgiving Day.

McMurray’s numbers fell off in 2011, when he posted just four top 10s in 36 starts. His best finish was fourth in July at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. McMurray finished 27th in the final point standings.

He improved to 21st in 2012, McMurray’s third season with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, though he had just three top 10s in 36 starts – showing a best finish of seventh at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

McMurray rose to 15th in the final standings in 2013, missing a spot in the post-season by 30 points. He had one victory, in the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway.

McMurray, in his fourth season at EGR, made his 400th career start in November at Texas Motor Speedway … where he qualified 24th and finished 31st. He also drove in one Xfinity Series race, finishing 10th in the fall stop at Richmond International Raceway.

McMurray failed to win a points-paying race in 2014 but did capture the NASCAR All-Star Race in May at Charlotte. He finished 18th in the final standings, missing a berth in the post-season by 47 points. He did have two poles – on the road course at Sonoma, Calif., and the half-mile at Martinsville Speedway with finishes of fourth and 16th, respectively.

Though winless again in 2015, McMurray qualified for the post-season on points and finished 13th in the final standings. That’s exactly where he ended the 2016 campaign after securing the No. 16 seed in the Chase. McMurray’s best finish in 36 starts was fourth in the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway.

In 2017, McMurray was the No. 16 seed in the playoffs and finished 12th in the final standings. In a winless season, his best finish was second (to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) in the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway.

After finishing 20th in the 2018 standings in his final season behind the wheel of the No. 1 for Chip Ganassi Racing, McMurray will join FOX Sports’ NASCAR broadcast team as an analyst for the 2019 season. He will race in the Daytona 500 for Spire Motorsports, through a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing, in the No. 40 Chevrolet.