Phoenix: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T PHOENIX PREVIEW RACING AT PHOENIX "I like Phoenix. I had a real good run there in 2000. I led some laps and finished second. We're taking a new car out there with us and we're excited about...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T

PHOENIX PREVIEW

RACING AT PHOENIX
"I like Phoenix. I had a real good run there in 2000. I led some laps and finished second. We're taking a new car out there with us and we're excited about that. To do well there you really have to have a car that can turn through the corners well. It's a little like Louden with the flat, sweeping corners."

TEAM'S PROGRESS
"We had a real good racecar last week. The guys worked hard and it shows. We just have to keep plugging away at it. We've got two races left and we're looking to keep that momentum going. I think that can carry us into next year too. We've already started building for next year, getting our cars and team geared up, so it's important for us to have some momentum from this season to carry us into the next."

RACE NOTES

* Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive a new Dodge Intrepid R/T for this weekend's race.

STATS & FACTS
* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 272nd career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and eighth visit to Phoenix International Raceway. Mayfield's best finish at Phoenix came in his last visit there, in 2000 when he moved up from a 25th place start to led twice for 46 laps to finish second. The runner-up finish was his top race of the season. Mayfield has one top-five, one top-ten, and has led one race for 46 laps at Phoenix.

* In last week's race at North Carolina Speedway, Mayfield spent the day moving within the top 15. On lap 38, he moved into the top 10. He and Evernham Motorsports teammate Bill Elliott remained in the top 10 together for nearly 50 laps. Mayfield worked with the Dew Crew throughout the day to keep him up front. On lap 136 he was running in eighth place. He continued to communicate with the crew to adjust his No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T to adapt to the changing track conditions. Like several other drivers, Mayfield reported loose as well as tight handling conditions throughout the day. The need for fuel late in the race forced him to give up his track position. He was able to maneuver his way back through several cars in the closing laps to finish in 21st place.

* Mayfield is in the top-25 in the points standings for the sixth consecutive week. He is in 24th place with 3,157 points, 96 points out of the next spot and 308 points out of 20th place.

* 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 Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield