Las Vegas: Jeremy Mayfield qualifying report

Setback at Las Vegas Doesn't Derail Mayfield's Focus on Long term Goals for Team LAS VEGAS, N.V. (Feb. 27, 2009) -- After an impressive start to the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season -- qualifying the All Sport Toyota for the first two events --...

Setback at Las Vegas Doesn't Derail Mayfield's Focus on Long term Goals for Team

LAS VEGAS, N.V. (Feb. 27, 2009) -- After an impressive start to the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season -- qualifying the All Sport Toyota for the first two events -- Jeremy Mayfield faced his first disappointment of the year in failing to make the field for Sunday's Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I knew when I got down into turn one that it was going to be tough to get the lap we needed," explained Mayfield. "I bottomed out going into one and that was just enough of a setback to keep us from running a fast enough lap and getting the All Sport Toyota into the show."

Mayfield's busy weekend included a trip to the local newspaper -- the Las Vegas News Journal, an autograph session at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and mad dash in practice to prepare the car adequately for the qualifying attempt this afternoon. The drama escalated as Mayfield's crew worked to make last minute changes while going through technical inspection prior to making their attempt to qualifying. Mayfield waited on bated breath for the car to get to pit road so that he could make his two-lap attempt. His efforts were admirable as he put forth his best effort to make the third race in a row for the newly formed Mayfield Motorsports.

"I know, without a doubt, that I did everything I could out there," said Mayfield. "We've got some work to do on our cars and I know we'll get there. It just takes time to really build the program to the level it needs to be at to compete week in and week out. "

Despite missing the field for Sunday's event, Mayfield showed great strength and class as he attended a taping of SPEED Channel's Trackside Live show. Mayfield earned the respect of the hosts as he talked about his feelings about his start to the year and the minor setback suffered at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"As a driver, I'm disappointed," reasoned Mayfield. "But as a team owner, I'm already turning my attention to Atlanta and trying to figure out what we can do to come back even stronger from Las Vegas. Someone told me a few weeks ago that adversity makes a team stronger and I expect that to be true for this organization. We will come back stronger, beginning with next week at Atlanta."

Mayfield's next on track activity will be next Friday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

-credit: mm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield