Fontana II: Mayfield qualifying press conference

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified second "We knew Bristol was going to be tough last week. We went in there and didn't come out like we wanted to. We've been lucky at some of the places we thought we were going to be...

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified second

"We knew Bristol was going to be tough last week. We went in there and didn't come out like we wanted to. We've been lucky at some of the places we thought we were going to be bad at -- places like Watkins Glen. We've been crossing too many hard hurdles easy and Bristol put the bar back up for us. We couldn't wait to get back here. The car was great off the truck. We've got a good starting spot, and I'm just glad to be here. This is one of my favorite places.

"When we first got in the top 10 and got close, you could feel pretty good. You didn't think about it as much. Everybody is thinking about it the past few weeks, not just us. We're racing hard together, the 88, 6, Kasey and myself. What's cool, we can go from 13th to eighth in just one week. The credit goes to NASCAR for doing the points like they did. I love it. I think it's great.

"The last time I was here my car handled great and we qualified in the back. It was just really good all day today. They're working extremely hard right now, not that they never did. You can tell the intensity is up. What we need right now is to perform the whole race. Have one good race where nothing goes wrong. So far, practice is good, qualifying is good, we've just got to keep going now.

"Right before I went out everyone was saying, 'don't let the old man beat you.' I had to beat him. I'm real excited about the lap. The guys on the Evernham Motorsports Dodge team have been working really hard. The last few weeks it's really gotten intense and the guys are handling it well. We're probably having as much fun right now as we ever did. It's pretty cool to have that and for the intensity level to be as high as it is. You've got to credit everyone on the team. We've had some good runs here and some bad luck to go along with it. We really feel good about this week. I'm just glad to be here."

-dodge-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup