A Look at Jamie McMurray's 2010 Season
Dale Wilkerson October 2010
Looking over Jamie McMurray’s season, one can’t help but wonder what a few points would have meant to him being in The Chase, but a closer look at his 2010 results will reveal how close he was to a legendary season.
Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon both cashed in on the Winston Million in the eighties and nineties. That was a bonus program that paid a cool one-million dollar bonus to a driver if he could win three of the big four races. Those races include the Daytona 500, the spring race at Talladega (then it was called the Winston 500) the Coca-Cola 600, and the Southern 500.
McMurray won the Daytona 500 and he placed second in the other three events this season. When you add the fact he won the Brickyard 400 this summer, McMurray was just a matter of a few feet from winning the most prestigious races all year.
As for his Earnhardt-Ganassi team, if they can build on their 2010 results, both McMurray and teammate Juan Montoya should be Chase contenders for 2011. Montoya has one win (Watkins Glen) to go along with 13 top ten finishes. McMurray has 11 top-tens with nine of those being top five finishes. McMurray scored his third win of 2010 during the only night race of The Chase at Charlotte last Saturday night.
When a driver can finish near the front (he also ran 3rd in the Bristol night race) or win the high profile races, a championship run could be just around the corner.
With five races left this season, McMurray can still a little more thunder from The Chase drivers while gaining momentum for next year.