Martinsville II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T RUNNING WELL AT MARTINSVILLE "We feel like we've had a good year this year on short tracks and we're definitely looking forward to going to Martinsville. You've just got to have good brakes and...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T

RUNNING WELL AT MARTINSVILLE

"We feel like we've had a good year this year on short tracks and we're definitely looking forward to going to Martinsville. You've just got to have good brakes and take care of your car all day. First thing you've got to do is stay on the lead lap, which means you've got to qualify well to get track position. You've got to stay up front all day long and save your equipment."

DEALING WITH FANS/POPULARITY

"It's all about how you want to deal with it (popularity). You can walk around and people notice you, and you can call that being mobbed or whatever. I think a lot of drivers take it negatively. I take it as positive. About everywhere you go, somebody recognizes you because we're involved in the largest growing sport in the world, and that stuff is going to happen. I don't really call it getting mobbed. It's part of the deal. If somebody notices you, be nice to' em and sign their stuff and go on. I've learned that kind of the hard way. I feel like at one time I was letting it get to me. They're around you everywhere you go and you don't have time for yourself. If you realize what it's all about and what you're really here for, it makes a world of difference about how you handle it. The (Dodge) commercial helped me a lot..... Any time you can get your image on TV with a commercial, you're more popular with the fans."

RACE NOTES

* Jeremy Mayfield will be driving the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge that sat on the pole in 2001 at Phoenix and was driven this season at both Richmond races and the first Martinsville race.

* Rick Hodges who drives the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW transporter is scheduled to spot for Jeremy Mayfield during this weekend's practice sessions. Dale Cagle is scheduled to continue spotting for Mayfield during the race.

STATS & FACTS

* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 269th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 15th visit to Martinsville Speedway. Mayfield's best finish at Martinsville came in April of 1996 when he moved up from a 16th place start to finish fourth. Mayfield has one top-five and four top-10s at Martinsville. He earned his best start at the track in April of 2001, starting sixth.

* In April's Virginia 500, Mayfield started from the 19th spot. The No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T managed to stay out of serious trouble despite the"bump and run" that characterizes short track racing. Consistent and efficient work in the pits by the Dew Crew kept Mayfield in the hunt for his second top-10 of the season. Track position was crucial in the closing laps and a two-tire stop and a call to stay out with 10 laps to go kept Mayfield on the lead lap and at the front of the field when the race finally ended under caution. Mayfield's 11th place run was the highest finish for Dodge on the day.

* In last week's race at Charlotte, Mayfield began the afternoon in 25th place. He moved up to 20th place by lap 50. He reported to the Dew Crew that he needed some adjustments on the next stop. The crew added some wedge during the first stop and made several other adjustments throughout the first 100 laps of the race. When caution came out on lap 134, Mayfield reported that something had broken and he was forced to come to the garage for repairs to the rear of the car. The Dew Crew fixed the problem and was able to get Mayfield back out on the track. He received minor damage during the incident on lap 230 but was able to bring home his No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T in 28th place.

* Mayfield is in the top-25 in the points standings, sitting at 24th. He is 105 points out of the next spot and 252 points out of 20th place.

* Mayfield is starting each race by an average of nearly three positions better this season than at this point last year.

* Mayfield's second-place run this year at Las Vegas was his best run at the track and his best overall finish since the 2000 Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami where he finished second. The finish also qualified Mayfield for the Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus during the May race in Charlotte.

* 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