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Pepsi 400 - Daytona International Speedway

McMurray Takes Pepsi 400 Victory by an Eyelash
Point-0-0-5. 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. 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.

Pepsi 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Thursday Quotes
· Ford Thursday Quotes
· Dodge Thursday Quotes
· Rookie Thursday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· WIX Filters Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· John Andretti Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Ward Burton Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes

Rain Cancels Daytona Qualifying, Gordon to Start from Pole
Rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session after 39 of 53 drivers had made attempts. Boris Said was the fastest qualifier with only 14 cars left to qualify, but, because of the rain, he will be going home instead of possibly sitting on the pole for the second year in a row at Daytona. Saturday's starting lineup for the Pepsi 400 has been set in accordance to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book after the rain washed out the qualifying session. Series points leader Jeff Gordon will start from the pole position, while Denny Hamlin will start on the outside of the front row. Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton will start from the top-five positions.

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