McMurray wins on track, comes up short with son

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TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 20: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with his son Carter after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 20, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, poses in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, sits in his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, races Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, races Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray (1) battles Carl Edwards (99) off pit road following the last pit stop of the Sprint All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Saturday, May 17, 2014. McMurray won the race. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Hunt Brother's Pizza Chevrolet Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, pulls up to victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray (1) does a burnout following his victory in the Sprint All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, poses in victory lane with after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 4: Jamie McMurray driver of the #42 Havoline Ganassi Racing Dodge watches practice time son the scoring monitor with the crew of his teammate Sterling Marlin during the NASACAR Winston Cup Aaron's 499 on April 4, 2003 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jon Ferrey/Getty Images)
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By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Jamie McMurray didn't get the reaction he was expecting from his 3-year-old son, Carter, after winning the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday night.

A few weeks ago, McMurray struggled throughout the race at Talladega and finished 29th. When he made it to the motorhome, Carter shouted, "Wooohoo, dad, Denny Hamlin won!"

"I was like, `That's not what I looking for, Carter,'" McMurray said Thursday during preparations for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

So McMurray was very excited on his drive home Sunday morning. He had the race trophy, picked up pancakes for the family at a nearby restaurant and was certain he was due for a "Wooohoo!" of his own.

Nope.

McMurray said his son asked if he had his train set - as McMurray promised him on national TV from Victory Lane after the victory.

McMurray said he sighed and smiled.

"We'll go tomorrow, buddy," McMurray told him. "We'll go tomorrow."

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver won his first career race at Charlotte in 2002. This time, he held off Kevin Harvick down the stretch in the All-Star race to take the win. McMurray said that win plus past success has given him a boost of confidence heading into NASCAR's longest race. McMurray's car will carry the name of fallen Asheville, North Carolina firefighter Capt. Jeffrey Bowen, who was killed when responding to an office building fire in 2011.

McMurray said he's been most tickled by the reaction to his win that he's heard from people in the Ganassi race shop.

"I can't tell you how many of the guys said they were slapping their wives in bed (Saturday night), saying `Wake up, he's going to win,'" McMurray said.

McMurray could use a boost to his chances to make Sprint Cup's 16-driver championship Chase. He's 24th in the standings without a points win this season. A victory this season, besides locking him into the Chase, might also earn the response he wanted from little Carter. But McMurray's not counting on it.

"I think that's so cool that kids just say what's on their mind," he said with a smile. "It's awesome."

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