WELCOME, N.C. (October 18, 2010) – Jamie McMurray and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team’s victory in the Oct. 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the eighth points-race win of the 2010 season for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines.
It was the third series victory this year for McMurray, who also took top honors in the February 14 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and the July 25 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil team also have three victories this season: April 25 at Talladega Superspeedway; July 3 at Daytona International Speedway; and August 15 at Michigan International Speedway. EGR’s Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Target team earned the victory August 8 at Watkins Glen International and RCR’s Clint Bowyer and the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper team took captured the checkered flag September 19 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“It was another big win for ECR and congratulations to EGR, Jamie McMurray and the entire Bass Pro Shops team,” said Richie Gilmore, chief operating officer for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines. “We’ve been able to win races at a number of different types and lengths of tracks which, I think, shows the overall strength of our organization. It was also the 47th victory for ECR across all the racing series’ we’re involved in. We have some lofty goals over the final few weeks of the season. We’re focused on sweeping the restrictor plate races at Talladega and then finish the season with a Sprint Cup Series championship.”
ECR has earned victories on seven tracks of different lengths in 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition: 2.66 miles (Talladega); 2.5 miles (Daytona and Indianapolis); 2.0 miles (Michigan); 1.5 miles (Charlotte), 1.0 miles (NHMS); and a road course (Watkins Glen).
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 team also earned the victory in the Budweiser Shootout all-star event that precedes the Daytona 500. Harvick finished eighth at Charlotte Motor Speedway and is third in the Sprint Chase for the Championship, 77 markers behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
About Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines is a high performance engine production and research and development company. ECR provides engines for NASCAR teams like Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Kevin Harvick Incorporated and others. ECR also produces engines used in GRAND-AM Rolex Series racing, SCCA Trans-Am and Club Racing, dirt and asphalt short track, and sprint car racing.