Jamie McMurray has been racing for more than a decade and a half in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series and has recently revealed his plans for the future.
McMurray said he plans to race at least four more years, but possibly more, according to NASCAR.com. Recently during Champion’s Week in Las Vegas he shared not only his future plans, but the direction he sees the sport heading.
“My goal is to be able to race for four more years, maybe a little bit more,? McMurray said. “At this point, you know that your days are somewhat numbered.”
“But I don?t know,” added McMurray. “At the same time, (the youth movement) is a part of our sport.”
Since McMurray’s entrance into the Cup Series in 2002, he’s won seven races with 159 top-10 finishes. He won his second ever race in the Cup Series at Charlotte in 2002, and he also won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in 2010. He’s made the playoffs for three consecutive years, and his 17 top-10 finishes in 2017 were his best since 2004. So it appears he still has some gas left in the tank.
With 15 plus years experience, McMurray is able to sit back and see things some of the younger guys do and get a kick out of it, because he doesn’t have the same reaction as them anymore. He says it’s something that comes with age and experience.
“When I listen to the race replays of the radio between the drivers and things they say, I get a kick out of the younger guys, McMurray said. “They explode on the radio, right, and they?re just so mad at things that happen.”
“And I just laugh because I don?t get mad like that anymore,” McMurray added.
It will be interesting to see if he can pull off four more years. In his last three seasons, he’s finished 13th, 13th, and 12th in the points standings which is nearly identical to his first three seasons when he finished 13th, 11th, and 12th. According to those numbers he’s as competitive now at 41 years old as he was in his mid 20’s.