JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) NOTE: Mayfield wrecked late in Saturday's practice session and will switch to a backup Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger for Sunday's race. "The 78 in front of us wrecked," said Chris...
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
NOTE: Mayfield wrecked late in Saturday's practice session and will switch to a backup Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger for Sunday's race.
"The 78 in front of us wrecked," said Chris Andrews, team director for the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team. "I don't know if they ran something over or blew up or what, but the 78 wrecked immediately in front of us. Jeremy was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He either ran over something or ran through the oil. The rest is history. We tested this backup car here at Vegas along with the primary car. It wasn't the car we picked to race here, but it's not a bad racecar by any means. It's a small setback for the weekend. I've been trying, but it doesn't seem like you can buy a break."
Mayfield's comments earlier this weekend at LVMS
COMMENT ON YOUR SEASON SO FAR "We got in a wreck in Daytona, but that was the best car I've ever had there. Mike Wallace just slide up into me, but that's part of it. That's racin' and you just write that off. Then we go to California and another deal happens. As a team we're working together better than we ever have. The whole Evernham Motorsports team is by far better than ever. We tested at Lakeland earlier this week, the 9 and 19 trucks backed up to each other. Scott (Riggs) had been there the week before. Our teams were interacting. All of us work well together. Kasey (Kahne) has been able to capitalize on his good runs, and he's fourth in points. We haven't been able to capitalize yet, but we will. That's what I'm happy about."
COMMENT ON CHANGES TO LVMS "I'm cool with whatever they want to do. If they want to repave it or just change the whole configuration, I'm cool with it. It's just a new challenge so you don't have to run around the same place all the time. If you've run good or hadn't run good, that determines if you want them to change it or not. This has been a place for me that's been pretty good. I finished second here a couple of years ago, and I've run bad here, too. I'm kind of either way for this one."
COMMENT ON RACING AT ATLANTA NEXT WEEK "I like Atlanta. It's one of the best places we go to. It's different, but at least you can race there. You're not just out there following each other around the bottom of the track. It's fast. It always puts on a good show and usually comes down to a good finish. The biggest thing for all these racetracks, they need to reconfigure all these garage areas to help us. If they're going to put $300 million in a place, don't put $299 million in it or $299.5 million and put half a million in the garage area. These guys who work on these cars all the time deserve to have a nice place to work on them. This is a nice place here. We've got our own stalls and everything else, but you go to a place like California and you're jammed in side by side and you can't even work on your cars. That's not right. If you're going to fix racetracks, make it better for everybody. It would be all right (fan zone at Vegas) if they did the garage area right. Daytona is right, but the way you go out of the garage area isn't right. They need to have a flow of traffic. If they'd let someone who works these garage areas every day help them, then it would be all right. Just make sure we can get in and out of the garage area and it'll be fine."
COMMENT ON DOING COMMERCIALS "I think they (sponsors) utilize us the best way they can as far as getting all they can out of their money they put in the program.. Some of them do commercials and some of them don't. Kasey and I just did a deal with Dodge again that's going to be pretty cool. We did one for Sprint, and that was pretty cool. Kasey is pulling into a carwash, and he doesn't know I'm coming. I pass him going into the carwash. It's a one-stall carwash, and when we come out he comes out ahead of me on the other side. It's pretty cool. It should be funny. I like doing all the funny commercials. Nobody cares about the serious ones anyway."
COMMENT ON NASCAR HALL OF FAME GOING TO CHARLOTTE "I'm sure the Hall of Fame will be a tremendous success. I'm sure it will hold its own forever. It depends on how it's marketed from here on out. If you just let it sit there and hope people come by and stop and look at it, it's probably not going to happen. Everybody is busy. Race fans have to work, and they're busy everyday, too. As long as they market it right and keep it interesting and keep the spark flying. If you don't have excitement nobody is going to come to anything."
COMMENT ON POSSIBILITY OF NASCAR GOING INTERNATIONAL "I think you've got to be careful there. I don't know that people in other countries, I don't know how they perceive our type of racing. I know we went to Japan, and it wasn't much of a hit, I don't think. You take people like us that go over there and can't speak the language and it makes it hard on us. I don't know if sponsorship would go for that. Right now we're peaked out running what we're running now.
"How would you add any races to our schedule? Are we going to take out Martinsville and add Tokyo? You've got to have time to ship stuff over there. I think it would be so expensive that no one would be able to do it. We've got it covered pretty good right now in the United States. Some of these places we could give up a race and go to Vegas twice or whatever. Sears Point has been good, but it's hard to go out there. You don't get the same feeling as when you come here. I might be selfish, but that's the way I look at it.
"I'm not sure what the fans think about it. I don't know what the fan base is in Northern California, but it doesn't seem like it does when we go to Texas or Charlotte or somewhere like that. Take Sears Point off and go to a new track. That would be cool. I love Martinsville, but look around there. We're trying to hit all the big markets. I guess Martinsville is a big market, but I'm not sure."