No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES RACING AT CALIFORNIA: "This is definitely one of my favorite race tracks. It changes a lot, and you've got to be able to figure out how to get the most out...
No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger
JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES
RACING AT CALIFORNIA:
"This is definitely one of my favorite race tracks. It changes a lot, and you've got to be able to figure out how to get the most out of your car throughout the entire race. That's the key, is being able to move around and find out what works best for your setup at that time. Plus, I've won here before, so that kind of gives you a little extra confidence. We're running the same car that we tested with here, and we feel good about it. From what we've seen out of the new Dodge Charger already, I think we'll have a good chance to get out front and be competitive on Sunday."
ON NEW QUALIFYING PROCEDURE:
"The last three years we've never shown up at the racetrack and tested qualifying stuff other than at Daytona. We were testing race stuff. It's probably not going to be as big of a change for us. We would be testing our race stuff when other people were working on qualifying on Friday anyway. Then we'd throw a setup in there for qualifying and go from there. It won't be a big change for us other than the guys won't have a lot to do on Saturday. They're going to have a lot of down time on Saturday."
STATS & FACTS
CAREER AT CALIFORNIA
* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 10th career visit to California Speedway. He has one win, three top-fives, four top-10s and 58 laps led at the track. Mayfield earned his best start of second in his second career start at the speedway in 1998.
* Mayfield earned his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory in the 2000 NAPA Auto Parts 500, beating Bobby Labonte by one-third of a second at California. Mayfield started 24th after qualifying was rained out, and he passed Mark Martin to lead his first and only laps of the day with 25 left to go.
MAYFIELD IN A HOT SEAT DURING 2000 VICTORY
* Mayfield's 2000 win at California came in a race that he didn't even expect to finish. He battled a car that overheated so much that his team was forced to throw ice water over him every time he pitted. However, Mayfield withstood the heat and eventually took the race with a laboring engine. A late race caution forced Mayfield to lead a restart with three laps to go, and his engine stopped as he accelerated through the second turn. His main ignition had failed, but Mayfield was able to restart the car through a backup system and maintain his lead to a heart-pounding checkered flag finish.