McMurray's strong run ended by Dale Jr. spin
March 30, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
No. 1 driver seeking third top-10 of the season sees day end early
Running for seventh place at Lap 199, Dale Earnhardt Jr. got into Jamie McMurray in Turn 2 at Martinsville Speedway during the STP 500. It brought out the sixth caution of the race.
"He barely got into me and you hope that wouldn't happen and he would get off of you, but he didn't," McMurray said. "I went around and got into the wall pretty hard."
The contact spun the No. 1 car into the wall, ending a run that saw the car in the top 10 for most of the race after starting ninth. McMurray was able to get back on track, but the damage left him with a 42nd-place finish.
"There was a lap car holding up our pack," McMurray said. "I thought the No. 88 would be a little more patient with me. I had gotten by him in lap traffic. Then he got on my inside.
"When he got into me, it was like it couldn't get off and spun me around and just got into the wall there."
McMurray had a season-best sixth-place finish last Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. It was his second top-10 finish of the season after notching a 10th-place result at Phoenix International Raceway in the second race of the year.
"Really unfortunate, had a good car, every race we've had good cars," McMurray said. "You just wish you weren't racing for points because that is the hardest part to swallow is the points loss. It's fun to run well, but that is what you will think about for the next five days."
McMurray has only led a lap in one race this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he had a 38th-place finish. That result was his previous worst finish of the season before finishing next-to-last on Sunday at Martinsville.