Las Vegas: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T Racing at Las Vegas "We're looking forward to going to Las Vegas. The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is going to be a big race for us because two of our biggest supporters are sponsoring the race. I...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T

Racing at Las Vegas
"We're looking forward to going to Las Vegas. The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is going to be a big race for us because two of our biggest supporters are sponsoring the race. I think we're going to be okay there. We came out and tested so I think we've got a good shot to run well. Last year, I qualified pretty well but got caught up in that wreck. I'm just looking forward to getting out there in my No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T and bringing home a good finish for Sammy (Johns, crew chief) and all the guys."

Testing at Las Vegas
"We tested at Vegas. We'll share a lot of what we learned with Bill (Elliott) and Mike (Ford, crew chief). You always learn something in a test, but I still feel like we're looking for that one little thing that we need. Every week we keep improving though. We tested at Atlanta and Daytona too and that's important. I think it will help us that we tested at Vegas. We definitely came out of there knowing more than when we went in. I haven't been with Sammy (Johns, crew chief) for that long but I feel like we are really communicating well about what this Dodge is doing. You just can't go into a test and necessarily do things the way they've always done before or the way that I've always done them before. You've got to go there and react to what the car's doing. That's the key to us improving. You've got to pay attention to the car and I feel like we really have been."

Rockingham
"I'm obviously disappointed with how we finished at Rockingham. I felt like we could have had a good finish. The guys really did a good job though of getting the car back out there, and we didn't give up. We're battling through this. We're only two races into the season. We'll get it to where it needs to be."

STATS & FACTS

* In his four NASCAR Winston Cup Series appearances at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jeremy Mayfield has earned one top-five finish and has led 22 laps. Mayfield earned his best finish in the inaugural Las Vegas 400 in 1998 when he finished fifth, moving up 27 spots from his 32nd place starting position. In the next year's race he led four times for 22 laps in the 1999 Las Vegas 400.

* In last year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Mayfield started 14th and finished 42nd after being caught in an accident early in the race.

* At last week's Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway, Mayfield started 21st and finished the day in 29th place. An accident on lap 157 forced Mayfield to bring the No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T in for repairs several times under the caution flag. The Dew Crew worked efficiently to repair the damage that was sustained to most of the car's body. Mayfield battled on the track to maintain position for the remainder of the day. His 29th place finish moves him into the 36th spot in Winston Cup points. Mayfield is 53 points out of 25th place.

* Coming into the 2002 season, Mayfield had 237 starts, with six poles (two at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 33 top fives and 58 top 10s. His most recent win came at Pocono in June of 2000.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield