Darlington: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Car Info: Raced at California and was primary car for Las Vegas {involved in wreck at Las Vegas in happy hour; reworked for Darlington}.Tested at Daytona in January; served as the backup car for the Daytona 500. JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES "At ...

Car Info:

Raced at California and was primary car for Las Vegas {involved in wreck at Las Vegas in happy hour; reworked for Darlington}.Tested at Daytona in January; served as the backup car for the Daytona 500.

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

"At Darlington, you race the track and not the competition. That will be the warning we receive in the driver's meeting Saturday afternoon. It's issued every year. It's good advice. When you start racing the other competitors and forget about the track, the 'lady in black' will reach out and grab you. The turns are tight. There is no margin for error. Not everybody will take the advice, so you have to be alert to what is going on around you.

"An accident in last year's event knocked us out of a top-10 finish. With all the disappointments the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge team has endured this year, a good finish at the track many consider the toughest on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup circuit would be a great boost. Our team will get things sorted out and back on track. Darlington is our next opportunity."

JEREMY MAYFIELD AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY

Saturday night's race will be Mayfield's 23rd start at Darlington. Last year, he started eighth and ran in the top 10 until being involved in an accident late in the race and finishing 33rd.

Mayfield has started in the top 10 the last two events at Darlington.

His best finish came in the spring race in 1999 when he started 11th, led 48 laps and finished second. In the Labor Day event later that year, he started 11th again, led 69 laps and finished third.

Mayfield best start at Darlington came on Labor Day in 2000 when he claimed the Bud Pole. He led 104 laps in the event, but was involved in an accident and knocked out of competition, finishing 41st.

Mayfield has seven top-10 finishes at Darlington.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield