JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Third NOTE: After finishing third today, Mayfield moves up four spots in the standings to 20th. He has finished third or better in three of the last five races and has top-10s in five...
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Third
NOTE: After finishing third today, Mayfield moves up four spots in the standings to 20th. He has finished third or better in three of the last five races and has top-10s in five of the last seven races.
On how much fuel he had left...
"Well, we drove it home, so that's the main thing. My hat is off to this team. They did a great job on this Dodge. They really got it working good today. We just missed our handling a little bit into the race and got too tight. We just kept fighting back. That's the first time we've ever been up there on fuel mileage, so I'm happy about that. To come home with a top-five like the day we had is pretty awesome. It's just a great team effort here."
On teammate Elliott's testing at Kansas...
"It helped a lot, you know? They had a good run, you know. They had a good run. They really ran good all day. I thought at the end we had a shot at running with him, and we let him go there. I think it helped both teams. It's just a total team effort for both of us."
"I think the second groove seemed like it came in today, and a lot of cars ran up there. It happened yesterday in the Busch race. I watched that and saw how Michael Waltrip and them guys were passing on the outside. I think it has just come in better. I guess you could say the track is wearing into the surface or whatever, and it's able to allow enough grip up there where you can pass and move around. I think today was probably as good of race as we've had, as far as for the fans. We were able to pass and race, and that's all we could ask for."
"It was very important to be up front today. We were able to get a jump that one time we were leading, but my car wasn't very good on old tires. We'd run them up top pretty hard and then I still had a little bit of push at the end even by myself. That's just normal NASCAR racing for you. These cars get tight for some reason, and when you're in traffic it just makes it a lot worse."
"We just kind of ran our own race today as far as strategy goes. We just knew where our fuel mileage was and stayed consistent all day. Then at the end we were supposedly going to come up about three laps short, and we just kept saving, saving and saving. We were able to come home at the end there. But, I think it was clear today who had the car out there. It was the No. 9 Dodge. It was by far - as far as performance-wise - the best car. I think we saw who the best car was at Dover, and it comes up short on fuel mileage. I think it shows for Evernham Motorsports that what our Dodges are doing right now is pretty awesome. We've had the one of the fastest cars at the racetrack for the last six or eight weeks now."
"When you're making so much horsepower, it takes so much fuel to make that. When you make the horsepower that they're making (the No. 12 team) and burning the fuel that everybody's burning, then you've either got more fuel or you're really good at saving fuel. You're doing something different because they're certainly not giving up any power, and the fuel mileage they're getting is pretty neat. I don't know how they're doing it. We just barely made it through. At the end of the race we were saving all of the fuel that we could just to make it to the end. He was sitting there doing burnouts on the front stretch and everything else. I don't know if we could do that or not. That's about six or seven races that he's won on fuel mileage this year."
"If (NASCAR) made it a 10-gallon tank and everyone had those, I don't think it'd make any difference. If you run 30 laps on 10 gallons, he'd probably run 45 or 50. I don't think the solution is going to a smaller cell - it's probably just figuring out how they're doing it. You've got to have so much fuel in there to make so much horsepower. They're certainly not giving up horsepower, I think you can see that."
"It's frustrating because you get beat (on fuel mileage). But I've got to be happy here today, because it allowed us to finish third instead of 12th, or 10th or something. So, I'm happy too with our fuel mileage program, and the way it went for us today."