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McMurray sets track record

Updated: May 7, 2010, 8:35 PM ET
Associated Press

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jamie McMurray couldn't help smiling during his record-setting lap at Darlington Raceway. Turned out, he was one of few to leave the track happy.

McMurray set a Darlington record of 180.370 mph to lead qualifying Friday for the Southern 500. Seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon was a whisker behind at 180.323 and Brian Vickers third in 179.987.

All three bettered the old mark that Matt Kenseth set a year ago.

"I was like grinning in the car because ...

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