Charlotte: Jeremy Mayfield preview

RUNNING THE 600 -- THE SEASON'S LONGEST RACE "You do approach this race a little differently than you do a 500-mile race. You've got to take care of your equipment so it's around at the end and that includes having good pit stops all day. You...

RUNNING THE 600 -- THE SEASON'S LONGEST RACE

"You do approach this race a little differently than you do a 500-mile race. You've got to take care of your equipment so it's around at the end and that includes having good pit stops all day. You also have to be a little more patient than usual, but you also have to run hard to stay up there. It's a fine line between being aggressive and being conservative, and the guy who does the best job at it is usually around at the end. You have to prepare yourself a little more mentally. You make sure you really get your rest and eat well - things you normally do, but you may be extra careful for the 600."

THE WINSTON AND WINSTON OPEN

"You're putting drivers in situations that they normally wouldn't be in. Plus, you've got a million dollars on the line. In that regard you are asking for trouble, but you still want to put on a good show. We're just concentrating on the 600. We want to get our Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge up front there and have a good run. We felt like we had a good car Saturday night. We were moving up front when we got caught up in something that we didn't have any control over."

RACE NOTES

This weekend Jeremy Mayfield will be driving a new chassis, No. 48.

STATS & FACTS

CAREER AT CHARLOTTE

* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 285th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 18th visit to Lowe's Motor Speedway. He has earned one top-five, five top-10s and has led two races for a total of 53 laps at Charlotte.

TOP RUNS AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY

* Mayfield's best finish at Charlotte came in October of 2000, when he moved up from a 10th place start to lead five times for 46 laps en route to a second place finish. Mayfield earned all five of his top-10 finishes in consecutive Charlotte races (Spring of 1999 through Spring of 2001). His made his best Charlotte qualifying effort when he started third in the fall race of 1996.

EARLY BEGINNINGS

* A 24-year-old Jeremy Mayfield made his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series career start at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 10th, 1993. Mayfield qualified 30th and finished the race running in 29th place, making his only race start in 1993.

MOST RECENT RUN AT CHARLOTTE

* Mayfield began the 2002 Charlotte fall race in 25th place. He moved up to 20th place by lap 50. He reported to the Dew Crew that he needed some adjustments on the next stop. The crew added some wedge during the first stop and made several other adjustments throughout the first 100 laps of the race. When caution came out on lap 134, Mayfield reported that something had broken and was forced to come to the garage for repairs to the rear of the car. The Dew Crew fixed the problem and was able to get Mayfield back out on the track. He received minor damage during the incident on lap 230 but was able to bring home his No. 19 Dodge Intrepid in 28th place.

LAST WEEKEND

* Jeremy Mayfield tried for a repeat of last year's Winston Open win in an attempt to make the all-star field in his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge last Saturday in Charlotte. Unfortunately, Mayfield's run at The Winston ended prematurely when he was caught up in the aftermath of a spin in front of him. He was running the top 10 but was forced to come in and put on four new tires, losing valuable track position. He finished the event but missed the cut for the second segment.

TALLADEGA POLE POSITION

* Mayfield earned his seventh career pole position, and his first for Evernham Motorsports, in this year's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The pole was Mayfield's third at Talladega, and makes him one of only three active drivers who have scored three or more poles at the track (Sterling Marlin - three, Bill Elliott - eight). The pole was Mayfield's first since starting up front in the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway in October 2000. All seven of Mayfield's Bud Poles have been earned on superspeedways (Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas).

WINSTON CUP CAREER RECORD

* Coming into the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Mayfield has made 284 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 35 top-fives and 63 top-10s. His most recent win came at Pocono in June of 2000. He earned his most recent pole, and his first pole for Evernham Motorsports at the Aaron's 499 at Talladega on April 6th.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield , Sterling Marlin