"That is the media and their stat guy going to work," he said. "I don't know that you can really -- I don't really put any thought into basing [my season] on who won the previous Daytona 500s."
But just like the last three men to take home the Harley J. Earl Trophy, McMurray's 500-winning season has been wrought with frustration. Aside from an eighth-place at Bristol, Big Mac has five finishes of 29th or worse to his credit, including a crash with
It all amounts to McMurray sitting 21st in the point standings, but there's a potential season-saving opportunity on the horizon Sunday at Talladega. McMurray is one of the best restrictor-plate racers on the circuit, having won the spring race at the Home of the Big One, where he has a career four top-fives and five top-10's.
While three of the next four stops on the schedule (Charlotte, Darlington and Dover) have given McMurray a win and eight combined top-5s, there is the specter of Richmond looming. It is McMurray's worst track thanks to an average finish of 25.6. If he suffers another setback at 'Dega and has his typical struggles at Richmond, he could be doomed to repeat the history of the last two 500 winners.
Nine races do not a season make, but the pressure is clearly on McMurray this weekend.
It would seem a no-brainer that Reutimann sign considering his struggles in '10, but it may be that Reutimann is just waiting to see just how silly the Silly Season gets. With Shell/Pennzoil leaving Kevin Harvick and
But don't get too caught up in Reutimann having not re-signed yet. Ultimately it would be hard to imagine Reutimann not re-upping, considering it was Waltrip that gave him his big break.
While McMurray will be a threat to reach Victory Lane and Harvick, who has seven top 10s at 'Dega and showed at Daytona that RCR is back in the restrictor-plate game, could also win, I'm taking
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