McMurray ready for first race as Daytona champ

BY foxsports • February 19, 2010

Jamie McMurray says he had a ``different feeling'' in the garage area than ever before when he got to California.

It's his first race since winning the Daytona 500, a victory that made for a whirlwind week of appearances and interviews.

McMurray said Friday that it's unbelievable how peers and fans have treated him since winning NASCAR's biggest race.

He says the goal now is to ``get focused'' and not let all the off-track congratulations get in the way at California.

McMurray says he's ready to get back in the cockpit. While it was an enjoyable week, he says driving will be less tiring than what he's already done this week.

He woke up with a sore throat Friday, but says he took antibiotics because he didn't want to get sick for Sunday.

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