Kicking a Team While It’s Down

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Jamie McMurray spent several minutes on the recent Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour criticizing the work environment of his former employer – Roush Fenway Racing. McMurray, who competed at RFR from 2006-2009, made no attempt to hide his feelings about former boss Jack Roush, either.

“I don’t want to put words in anyone else’s mouth that has driven there, but most guys that drove for Roush and left couldn’t believe how much different the environment was at another organization,” McMurray said.

And he didn’t stop there.

“I was at [Chip Ganassi Racing] initially and went to Roush, and I was like, ‘I couldn’t believe how good I had it at Ganassi,’” McMurray said. “The vibe without the shop and how you were treated. Roush was a really tough experience for me. I didn’t really enjoy my time there.”

They say not to burn your bridges, but I’m pretty sure McMurray just did.

JUNIOR GOING TRUCKIN’?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took time out during the media tour to talk about the possibility of making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the near future.

The Truck Series could use an infusion of fresh blood – and there’s no one better to lead the way than NASCAR’s 12-time most popular driver.

LARSON SHOWS CLASS

Among those who recently weighed in on Chase Elliott’s appointment to drive Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 car in 2016 was 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson.

While Elliott was certainly impressive in winning last year’s Xfinity Series title at age 18, one can argue that Larson was even more impressive as a Sprint Cup rookie.

Yet Larson is stuck at second-tier Chip Ganassi Racing for the foreseeable future while Elliott lands one of the most successful rides in the history for the sport.

Hard to swallow? You would never know it from Larson’s reaction. Nothing but good will toward his future rival.

“That’s cool for Chase,” Larson said. “He’ll definitely be a front-runner right off the bat.”

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