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2013 Darlington: Earnhardt Ganassi NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 08, 2013 - 03:41 PM
2013 Darlington: Earnhardt Ganassi NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


Race: Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday, May 11
Drivers: @jamiemcmurray @jpmontoya
Cars: No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Track: Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile oval)
TV: FOX (6:45 pm ET)
Social: @EGRTeams #TeamGanassi


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All for Mom: As an annual tradition, the Darlington race will fall on Mother’s Day weekend. The track will recognize the driver’s mothers during the pre-race ceremonies. All of the moms in attendance will receive a bouquet of flowers and will give the command for “start your engines”.

Darlington Raceway and The American Red Cross: The American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Friday, May 10 from 10am-4pm and on Saturday, May 11 from 9am-3pm at Darlington Raceway. All presenting donors will receive a free pit pass to the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (must have a race ticket in order to use pit pass), along with a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift cards as part of the Red Cross, “Only 3% Do, Will You?” promotion. To schedule your appointment today, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter in sponsor code: darlingtonraceway.


Rock the Vote: Don’t forget to cast your #SprintFanVote to lock @JamieMcMurray or @jpmontoya into the #AllStarRace @CLTMotorSpdwy! http://www.nascar.com/sprintfanvote

Follow EGR on Twitter: Continue to follow Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.1 and No.42 teams throughout the 2013 season by following @EGRTeams”.


@EGRTeams - 5 May - During red flag, @jamiemcmurray and son catch up with @NASCARONFOX pic.twitter.com/aoQo075S3M

@NASCARONFOX – 5 May – Is Carter McMurray eligible for most popular driver? #NASCAR


Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonalds Team

Talladega Recap: With a soggy forecast for the entire race weekend at Talladega, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams utilized the first practice session on Friday to work on drafting practice rather than mock-qualifying runs. The rainy weather on Saturday eventually forced the cancellation of NSCS qualifying. Jamie McMurray would start the race from the 28th position. Following two major accidents, a three and a half-hour rain-delay and a finish at dusk, Jamie McMurray was credited with a 23rd-place finish in the No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS.

McMurray at Darlington: McMurray 12 starts at the “Lady in Black” where he has accumulated one pole, three top-five, and five top-10 finishes. He has completed 4093 of 4263 (96%) laps and led163 of those. McMurray`s best finish at Darlington was in the 2010 race when he scored a runner-up finish. The driver of the McDonald’s Chevy SS has an average finishing position of 16.1 and an average starting position of 14.0.

Golden Arches: Grab some dinner on the way to the track this weekend at one of several local McDonald’s conveniently located within 10 miles of Darlington Raceway: 1501 S. Main St Darlington, SC. 29532, 1908 W. Lucas St. Florence, SC. 29501, David H. McLeod Dr. Florence, SC. 29501, 431 Hartsville Crossing Road Hartsville, SC 29550 or at 2016 W. Palmetto Florence, SC 29501. You can also download the McDonald’s app on your smartphone anytime to locate restaurants, see promotions and find useful info on menu items.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Talladega Rewind: Talladega Superspeedway lived up to its reputation as unpredictable as teams endured inclement weather, a red flag delay and chaos on the race track. Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Clorox team were set to beat the odds when an unexpected electrical issue deterred another solid finish and resulted in a 25th-place finish.

Montoya in Darlington: Montoya has just six starts at Darlington, the track known as “Too Tough to Tame”. His best finish was in 2010 when he finished fifth. He has an average start of 23.8 with an even better average finish of 19.7. Montoya has completed 2199 out of 2206 which averages out to 99.7% laps completed and zero DNF’s (did not finish).

Spin. Guess. Save: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon are taking part in a new promotion that is helping promote The Great American Try On campaign and save customers money off a Depend product purchase at Target. Click on http://depend.promo.eprize.com/greatamericantryon/ and pick which Target driver you think is wearing the Depend product.

Hit the Bullseye: Need something in a pinch? No need to worry – Target has all of the essentials and more. Visit the Florence SC target on 2791 David H McLeod Blvd Florence, SC 29501 or call them to make sure they have everything you need at (843) 667-673.


Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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