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McMurray beats Busch in photo finish


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in Pepsi 400 at Daytona
July 7, 2007


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Five-one-hundredths-of-a-second. That's close. Jamie McMurray didn't care. It might as well have been five minutes, or five hours, five days, five weeks. He won.

McMurray couldn't believe it. Charging back from an early race penalty, McMurray edged Kyle Busch by an eyelash, tying the second-closest finish since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993 before a screaming crowd of more than 100,000 race fans.

It was the second victory of McMurray's career and it was well-deserved. He showed from the beginning after starting 15th he had a car that could win on this exciting night.

This one went right down to the wire. It was an oddsmaker's nightmare with McMurray, Busch, Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears leading in the final few laps. McMurray persevered.

Following Busch was brother Kurt. Carl Edwards was fourth, Gordon fifth and Greg Biffle sixth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, who made a nice recovery from an early-race accident, Jimmie Johnson and David Gilliland, who ran in the top five towards the end before losing the handle and spinning out on the backstretch.

Caution flags throughout the race kept the evenly-matched field bunched together throughout the night. It was perhaps one of the most hotly-contested NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races, not to mention the unbelievably close finish.

McMurray was pinching himself afterwards because he was having a hard time believing it himself. His last win came in 2002 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. That race was his first and only for the Chip Ganassi team.

This one was his first for the Roush Fenway Racing Ford team but it very likely won't be his last.

To start the dramatic night, Denny Hamlin passed Gordon on the third lap for the lead, just a few seconds before Jeff Green and Kasey Kahne crashed in the first turn to bring out the evening's first caution.

On lap 11, last week's winner Hamlin, became this week's first big loser. Hamlin, leading the race, was tapped from the rear by teammate Tony Stewart, turned sideways and slid back up the track into Stewart, ending both drivers’ hopes for victory on a hot, humid, Florida night. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was also damaged beyond competitive repair in this accident.

Bowyer took the lead after the caution and the action behind him looked like what you normally see on a Saturday night short track. Drivers swapped positions like trading cards before Tony Raines brought out the third caution flag spinning out in turn four.

McMurray led briefly before being black-flagged for going below the yellow line in passing Jeff Gordon for the lead.

The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 57 of the 160-lap event. Kevin Harvick, this year's Daytona 500 winner, was bumped by Montoya and scrubbed the outside wall. A tire went down a lap later and Harvick lost time limping back to the pits before the caution flag was waved.

At 100 laps, Kurt Busch was in front with Johnson second, brother Kyle third, Kenseth next and JJ Yeley fifth.

Sterling Marlin cut a tire on lap 115, was clipped by David Gilliland, and brought out another caution. David Stremme, having a terrific run, pulled out of his pit after stopping and was rammed by Paul Menard. Stremme was running third when he pitted. The incident dropped him from contention.


1 15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Marathon Saw Blades 190/5 160 Running
2 11 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 175/5 160 Running
3 16 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 170/5 160 Running
4 7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 160/0 160 Running
5 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont 160/5 160 Running
6 18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 150/0 160 Running
7 12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 156/10 160 Running
8 3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers / DEWALT 142/0 160 Running
9 27 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 138/0 160 Running
10 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 134/0 160 Running
11 32 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's Red, White & Blue 130/0 160 Running
12 24 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Travel 127/0 160 Running
13 10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NWTF 124/0 160 Running
14 14 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 121/0 160 Running
15 25 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World/ RVs.com 118/0 160 Running
16 5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 115/0 160 Running
17 9 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 112/0 160 Running
18 35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 109/0 160 Running
19 21 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 111/5 160 Running
20 17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 103/0 160 Running
21 41 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 100/0 160 Running
22 26 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light 97/0 160 Running
23 40 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 94/0 160 Running
24 38 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 96/5 160 Running
25 43 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 93/5 160 Running
26 42 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 85/0 160 Running
27 37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 82/0 160 Running
28 34 45 John Andretti Dodge Tire Kingdom 79/0 160 Running
29 33 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Charleston S.C. Fire Dept. 76/0 160 Running
30 36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 73/0 160 Running
31 31 88 Ricky Rudd Ford M&M's 70/0 158 Running
32 20 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 67/0 157 Running
33 22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 64/0 153 Running
34 8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 66/5 147 Running
35 19 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury / Cinnabon 63/5 137 Running
36 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 55/0 134 Running
37 30 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation 52/0 131 Running
38 6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 49/0 125 Running
39 23 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 46/0 120 Running
40 29 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management 43/0 114 Out of Race
41 39 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 40/0 105 Out of Race
42 28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 37/0 103 Running
43 2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko's 39/5 99 Running

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