Daytona II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield ready to play ball in the no. 19 "Bad News Bears" Dodge Charger STATESVILLE, N.C. (June 29, 2005) -- At this summer's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Jeremy Mayfield will sport some additional...

Jeremy Mayfield ready to play ball in the no. 19 "Bad News Bears" Dodge Charger

STATESVILLE, N.C. (June 29, 2005) -- At this summer's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Jeremy Mayfield will sport some additional firepower on his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger -- that of Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden, stars of the new Paramount Pictures comedy "The Bad News Bears," which opens nationally on July 22.

Mayfield, a fan of the original "Bad News Bears" will carry the pin-striped signage for the new movie on the hood of his Dodge Charger to promote the comedy, which was first released in 1976. The No. 19 Dodge will feature a distinctive red and white paint scheme featuring baseballs and classic pin-stripes.

"Bad News Bears" is a fresh take on the irreverent 1976 comedy hit, "Bad News Bears" follows a grizzled former minor league baseball player who is recruited to coach the Bears, a woefully inept Little League team, to a championship against their hated rivals, the Yankees. Richard Linklater is the director and Marcus Viscidi is the executive producer.

"The Bad News Bears was one of the movies I used to watch growing up," said Mayfield. "I thought they were really cool, and the new one should be good with Billy Bob Thorton as the coach. I didn't really play baseball growing up, but the guys I used to hang out with were certainly the Bad News Somethings! It's really cool to have them on the car and represent the movie."

Diecast models of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW "Bad News Bears" Dodge Charger will be available late this summer.

About Evernham Motorsports:

Evernham Motorsports is a leading team in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Founded by President CEO Ray Evernham in 1999, the team is in its fifth season of competition at the highest level of NASCAR racing; with drivers Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, Kasey Kahne in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, and Bill Elliott in the No. 91 Dodge Charger. For more information on Evernham Motorsports, visit www.evernham.com.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield , Ray Evernham