In an interview with NASCAR America’s Dave Burns, the crew chief for Jamie McMurray said his team maybe chose the wrong pit strategy near the end of Stage 2 last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
McMurray and the leaders stayed out as the rest of the field pit during a late caution. Those who stayed out pitted during the segment break a few laps later, sending them back in the pack.
“Maybe we shouldn’t have gone after the stage points there in the second stage,” Matt McCall said. “When you see the whole field peel off behind you, ‘Eh, we’ll be starting 20th or worse now.’ That’s the chance you have to take though, You don’t know when those cautions are going to come out. It’s obviously pretty different when the tire wear is minimal.”
McMurray ultimately finished seventh in the race for his fourth top 10 of the season. He enters the Easter break eighth in the point standings.
Watch the full video to see McCall and Burns discuss Chip Ganassi Racing’s overall improvement after seven races.