When the green flag fell for tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Showdown, Martin Truex Jr. led the field. However it was Jamie McMurray who led the field into turn one.
McMurray piloted his No. 1 Chevrolet rocket ship away from the field and didn’t feel any pressure from anyone in the first segment. Truex Jr. never really was able to catch up to McMurray and make a challenge. He led all twenty laps of segment one.
During the caution all but Casey Mears made a pit stop, leaving Mears with the led. McMurray took only two tires and was first off pit road.
McMurray immediately took the lead from Mears in turn one and just like a rocket again, clocked out.
Mears held up traffic and created an interested four man battle between himself, Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Jeff Burton. Stenhouse Jr. would prevail in the battle.
Juan Pablo Montoya had to restarted at the rear of the field on the restart after a pit road penalty. He flew into the top-ten quickly before the first five laps passed of the second segment.
In the closing laps of the race Stenhouse Jr. battled McMurray via lap times. He was able to close the gap before the end of the Showdown, but McMurray found more speed and ran away with the race. He would win the race to advanced to tonight’s main event.
McMurray’s name became known when subbing for Sterling Marlin at Charlotte and won the race. McMurray has a natural feel for the track and has success. This year with some Hendrick horsepower, it came no surprise to see McMurray run well.
Joining him later tonight is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote.
McMurray’s performance tonight’s truly reminds me of a certain driver who won/dominated last year’s Sprint Showdown.
Fan favorite to win the race tonight, Truex, finished fifth.