Pocono: Jeremy Mayfield preview

GOING BACK TO POCONO "I always like Pocono. We're always asked what are our favorite tracks and I usually say Pocono is one of mine. I can't really tell you why. It's a feel thing, I guess. I've had good luck there throughout the years. I think ...

GOING BACK TO POCONO "I always like Pocono. We're always asked what are our favorite tracks and I usually say Pocono is one of mine. I can't really tell you why. It's a feel thing, I guess. I've had good luck there throughout the years. I think whenever you win some place you always tend to favor it. Pocono is a tricky track to get around and you always have a lot of things going on there. I think that's kind of why I like it. We had a good qualifying run there last time. Bill got the pole and won there last time. It's been a good track for Evernham Motorsports. Kenny (Francis, team director) and the guys are ready to go and we're looking to have a good run there in the No. 19 Dodge Dealer/UAW Dodge."

POCONO MEMORIES "I have a lot of good memories at Pocono. Beating Earnhardt in the final lap was big just because he was someone I looked up to and to beat him like I did was pretty special. I remember thinking that I needed to wait to pass him because I knew he'd catch me if I passed him too soon. So, I waited until he went into the tunnel and I got past him. It is probably one of my best memories in racing, but to beat Darrell (Waltrip) at the same racetrack was pretty awesome too. You can see why I like going to Pocono."

RACE NOTES

* Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis #37, which he raced at Texas and Las Vegas this year. Mayfield also ran this chassis last year at Darlington(a), Indianapolis, Michigan(b), Texas and the Winston Open. The car's best finish was in last year's Winston Open, which Mayfield won from the pole position.

CAREER AT POCONO * This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 287th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 18th career visit to Pocono Raceway. Mayfield has two wins, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the racetrack. He has led five Pocono races for a total of 182 laps.

FIRST CAREER WIN * Mayfield earned his first career NASCAR Winston Cup victory at Pocono on June 1, 1998, by passing Darrell Waltrip for the lead with 20 laps to go in the race. Mayfield's 132 laps led were the most of any driver on the day. Mayfield earned the victory on his 125th career start.

POCONO HIGHS * Mayfield is one of only eight active drivers to have notched two victories at Pocono Speedway - 1998(a) and 2000(a). Mayfield started his 1998 win from a career-high third place starting position at Pocono. He started 22nd in his 2000 victory, marking the third farthest back that any race-winner has ever started at Pocono.

POCONO RACE NOTES EVENT START FINISH STATUS LAPS LED NOTES 2002 Pocono 500 24 36 Engine - 1st DNF at Pocono in 16 starts 2002 Pennsylvania 500 4 38 Accident - -

MOST RECENT RUN AT POCONO * Jeremy Mayfield started last fall's Pennsylvania 500 from the fourth starting spot in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid. By lap 10, he moved into the top-three and continued to run with the leaders until the first of two red flag race delays came out on lap 26. After the restart on lap 27, Mayfield continued to race in the top-15. By lap 60, the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge dropped thru the field to the 37th position due to a loose handling car. On lap 140 Mayfield spun and hit the wall in turn two after contact with Jerry Nadeau in the No. 44 car. Mayfield was forced to retire from the race, ending the day in 38th place.

LAST WEEKEND * Last weekend's 400-mile race at Dover Int'l Speedway got off to a slow start after an incident on lap one and light rain caused early cautions. Mayfield stayed in the top-15 for the first 100 laps of the race. He reported tight conditions with his Dodge, but remained in the top half of the field. After a stop on lap 114, Mayfield got caught up high and lost several spots. He made up ground and the Dew Crew made a small adjustment on lap 139. Mayfield held on for the remainder of the race as he battled the tough driving conditions of Dover. He managed to maintain his position in the closing laps, finishing in the 21st spot. He maintains his 33rd position in the points but makes up ground, sitting just 58 points out of 30th.

TALLADEGA POLE POSITION * Mayfield earned his seventh career pole position, and his first for Evernham Motorsports, in this year's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The pole was Mayfield's third at Talladega, and makes him one of only three active drivers who have scored three or more poles at the track (Sterling Marlin - three, Bill Elliott - eight). The pole was Mayfield's first since starting up front in the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway in October 2000. All seven of Mayfield's Bud Poles have been earned on superspeedways (Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas).

WINSTON CUP CAREER RECORD * Coming into the 2003 spring Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, Mayfield has made 286 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 35 top-fives and 63 top-10s. His most recent win came at Pocono in June of 2000. He earned his most recent pole, and his first pole for Evernham Motorsports at the Aaron's 499 at Talladega on April 6th.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Darrell Waltrip , Jeremy Mayfield , Sterling Marlin