“Well, that was—I mean, that’s top two or three moments of my life, to get to experience that with (my family),” he said. “I don’t know if you guys heard, but when—I remember going to Matt and—I rent a space from Matt Kenseth to keep my go-karts and stuff in at his shop. So I was out in the front where they have some office space, and he’s got pictures hanging inside, some trophies, and there was a picture of Matt and Katie and Grace and Kaylin—I think it was Dover victory lane—and I remember seeing how excited Kaylin was. She’s a little bit older than Grace. I remember seeing how excited she was, and seeing that picture, I’m like ‘Gosh.’ I went home and told Christy, ‘I hope that we get to have that moment.’ That’s a really special, especially having a little boy who is into Lightning McQueen and racing in general. That would just be the coolest thing ever.”
McMurray earned a victory while driving with an Auburn color scheme on his car. But even Auburn wasn’t a force powerful enough to take precedence over McMurray’s family.
“Well, I really wanted to watch the game last night, but it was Halloween night in the motor home lot and I had a three-year old to dress up as a dinosaur and take trick-or-treating, and that took priority over watching the football game,” McMurray said. “I did Google it as soon as I could to see who won because I knew I was going to do a meet-and-greet with some of those guys today, and I wanted to make sure I had my facts straight.”
McMurray acknowledged he received a mixed reaction for sporting the Auburn colors, something he figured upon prior to the race.
“It was cool to have Auburn on here,” McMurray said. “When they told me they were going to do the paint scheme here, I’m not a huge college football fan, but I know enough that this would be a 50/50 crowd here of some liking and some not. So it was interesting. It was fun to see the fans in the garage area either high five you or the opposite.”
McMurray picked up his first victory of the 2013 season. In fact, the 37-year old hasn’t been to victory lane in 108 races. McMurray has a history of success at restrictor-plate tracks. Sunday’s win was his second at Talladega and he also has two wins at Daytona. McMurray has seven top-10 finishes in 23 total races at Talladega. After coming out of such a long drought, McMurray said this win does give his team momentum as they head to Martinsville.
“Winning is not just about me—it’s about everybody within our whole group, probably more so the one guys because they’re the ones that are on victory lane,” he said. “But it’s so cool to see their faces in victory lane and know that when we go to Martinsville, you just have confidence, everybody does. That’s so big, especially for us because Martinsville—to me, plate tracks are probably my best tracks and Martinsville is my next best—I love getting to go to there. So, this is a great place to be able to win at to take some, not only for my confidence, but for everybody else within our group to that track where I feel like we’ll run really well at.”
Apparently, McMurray’s son Carter Scott McMurray will need more experience to stand before cameras like his dad, but a little bribery helped him find his camera face.
“He was more excited about—I said Carter, look at the camera and smile, and he got shy, and then I informed him he could have all the M&Ms he wanted if he would just do one picture and he turned around, smiled and held his No. 1 up,” McMurray recounted. “It was a good compromise.”