Unfortunately for McMurray, in this case, 23 beats 10. Ragan, you see, won't turn 24 until December, and based on his 13th-place showing in 2008, team owner
It's a shame, really, since few drivers have seemed closer to cashing in on such enormous promise. McMurray looked like he had finally turned a corner late last season, when he was one of the strongest drivers in the Chase despite not being in the Chase. He ran off five top-10 finishes in the last 10 races, including a run of four in a row to end the year. He entered 2009 nearly a consensus pick to qualify for NASCAR's postseason for the first time.
But after a middling start this season, he's suffered through a brutal summer. His last top-10 finish came on May 2 at Richmond, and he's finished no better than 11th in any race since. With Roush having to cut back to four cars in 2010, somebody had to go, and it appears he's through waiting on McMurray to bust out.
So what happens now? McMurray is too much of a pro's pro to have to worry about entering next season without a ride. But it's not likely to be with a team that's as powerful as Roush Fenway. Cup racing is a young man's game these days. And McMurray's too old for teams to be betting on his potential any longer.
Oh, my stars and garters. I had no idea this kind of thing was happening on the Youtubes. What kind of a racing fan am I? Check it out.
Wow. Just wow. I'm not worthy.
Also of excellent quality is this replay of the Flin Flon 500 (you heard me), complete with announcing, sound effects, and in-race comments from drivers. Plus, more excellent use of cotton! Somebody's mom is going to be seriously cheesed off.