Bristol: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Mayfield Motorsports Looking for Fresh Start at Bristol CORNELIUS, N.C. (March 18, 2009) -- There's a fresh spirit in the air at Mayfield Motorsports. Despite two weeks of on track adversity, the No. 41 All Sport team is ready to rebound at ...

Mayfield Motorsports Looking for Fresh Start at Bristol

CORNELIUS, N.C. (March 18, 2009) -- There's a fresh spirit in the air at Mayfield Motorsports. Despite two weeks of on track adversity, the No. 41 All Sport team is ready to rebound at Bristol Motor Speedway. With leadership from veteran crew chief, Tony Furr, and encouragement from driver Jeremy Mayfield -- this team is focused on regaining its early season momentum at the fan favorite .533-mile high banked oval in Bristol, Tennessee.

"This team is amazing," said Mayfield. "I've never worked with a group of guys more focused on improving a race program. What they did after Atlanta was take a long, hard look at our cars and honestly they've worked every single day since we missed that race to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

Clearly, the team's hard work translates into Mayfield's boost of confidence.

"I feel really good about this weekend," said Mayfield. "Bristol is a driver's track and I think we can definitely make something happen on Friday. Qualifying at Bristol is a pressure cooker because you don't get an 'up to speed' lap like you do at Martinsville. You car and your line has to be just right before you even take the green flag for your qualifying lap."

Past spring events at Bristol Motor Speedway have favored Mayfield. In 26 starts at the track, Mayfield's best finish is a 3rd place effort in March of 2001 and his best qualifying effort was 3rd in March of 2002. Overall, Mayfield has five top-10 finishes at Bristol.

Crew Chief Tony Furr say's the same rules from the past few weeks still apply to Bristol, but knows that the driver's experience will boost the team's overall performance.

"Whether it's a short track or an intermediate track, the bottom line is the same -- you have to be able to turn in the middle," said Furr. "But we've got a driver that's got a lot of laps around this place and that's where Jeremy can really help us on Friday. We need some good feed back during practice and that feedback is all the more valuable because of the limited practice time before qualifying."

Furr and company have spent the last two weeks logging serious hours at the shop in preparation for back to back short track events at Bristol and Martinsville.

"We spent so much time at the pull down rig these past few weeks, I almost felt like I was setting up residence," said Furr. "But it will all be worth it on Friday if we can qualify up front. I expect Jeremy to be in the top-20 or top-25 off the truck."

The team will debut chassis #9 for the first time in 2009. The car was purchased from Triad Racing Technologies. It was previously run out of the Bill Davis Racing stable in 2008.

-credit: mm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield
Teams Bill Davis Racing