Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/7/14

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 23: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #26 Crown Royal Ford, stands in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 23, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jamie McMurray took the lead on the first lap in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown on Saturday night and never looked back. McMurray, who started the event in second, assumed the lead from Martin Truex Jr. and led all 40 laps. Despite restarting second for the final 20-lap segment after the pit stops during the break between the racing segments, McMurray easily passed Casey Mears, who elected not to pit at the halfway point. Both McMurray and second-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. transferred to the All-Star Race. Despite winning the Showdown and qualifying for his seventh All-Star race, McMurray said "something didn't feel right" as he pulled into the pits. In the second segment, he developed a vibration. Despite the gremlin, McMurray acknowledged, "This car has so much grip, it's a lot of fun to drive." McMurray's best finish in the All-Star race was ninth in 2009. Stenhouse, who will make his All-Star debut, described the experience as "real cool". "Hopefully, we can be in the ...

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