Atlanta II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

RACING AT ATLANTA "Atlanta is a fast racetrack. It's certainly a lot different than where we were last weekend. You've just got to have the total package these days. You can have a great handling car, but there are so many other factors that...


"Atlanta is a fast racetrack. It's certainly a lot different than where we were last weekend. You've just got to have the total package these days. You can have a great handling car, but there are so many other factors that play into things these days. I've been up and down at Atlanta. I definitely feel I'm due there."


"Early in my career - and this is probably speaking for a lot of the rookie drivers as far as not knowing the racetracks - the hardest part was just trying to get the experience it takes at each one where you don't really notice a big difference each week. Now that I've been on the circuit for a while and been to these places a lot, you just have to refocus and rethink what it takes every week at the track you're going to. Sunday night on the way home from a race I'll be thinking about the following week. Really there's no big difference except you've got to approach each one of them separate and stay focused."


"I feel like these last few races can be big for us - Atlanta included. I think we've got a decent shot at winning or at least coming out of there with another strong run. We just need a few things to fall our way."


Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 37 this weekend. Mayfield drove this car to a third-place finish three weeks ago at Kansas. He has also run this chassis at Dover(b) where he finished second and Darlington(b) where he ran sixth. In 2002, he drove the car to victory lane from the pole in the Winston Open.



This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 306th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 16th visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mayfield has three top-fives, three top-10s, and has led four races for a total of 59 laps led at the racetrack.


Mayfield has two third-place finishes to claim as his career bests at Atlanta - starting from the 26th spot in the spring race of 1998 and the 23rd position in the fall race of 1999. He earned his best qualifying effort at the track in March of 1996, starting the race in the fourth position.


Jeremy Mayfield raced to his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series career top-five finish in the 1996 spring race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He started in the fourth position and led four laps before finishing fifth behind race-winner, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Mayfield earned his first top-10 finish in the fall race at Pocono in 1995.


Mayfield's third-place finish at Kansas marked his third top-five and ninth top-10 of 2003. The finish was his third top-three in a span of five races for Mayfield. He earned two top-fives and four top-10s in 36 races last season.


Following the team's run at Martinsville, Mayfield held onto to his top-20 position in the Winston Cup points standings. He ranks 20th, one point out of the next position.

ATLANTA RACE NOTES EVENT START FINISH STATUS LAPS LED NOTES 2002 MBNA America 500 40 23 Running - 2002 NAPA 500 26 27 Running - Rain-shortened race (428 laps) 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 10 22 Running -


In this year's spring race at Atlanta Mayfield complimented his teammate's top-10 qualifying run with one of his own. He placed his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge in the 10th starting spot with a lap of 29.225, 189.701 mph. On raceday, Mayfield fought to hold onto his Dodge, which he reported was extremely loose. The Dew Crew made major adjustments throughout the day including trackbar, wedge, rubber and air pressure. A late race adjustment improved the handling for Mayfield, and he was able to move up 10 spots in the closing laps to finish 22nd.


Last weekend at Martinsville, Jeremy Mayfield appeared on his way to a finish in line with his teammate. Mayfield and the Dew Crew once again showed why their communication is producing results. Mayfield reported tight conditions with his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. Kenny Francis tried a variety of adjustments to improve the No. 19 Dodge's handling. It began to pay off, and Elliott and Mayfield found themselves running together midway through the race. Unfortunately, Mayfield and the Dew Crew didn't get the break they needed. Oil began collecting in Mayfield's Dodge. He pitted several times under caution with just fewer than 100 laps to go while the Dew Crew looked for the source of the problem. Their hard work kept Mayfield on the track. Mayfield and the Dew Crew refused to give up and were able to keep Mayfield running through the end of the race, finishing 33rd.


Coming into October's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Speedway, Mayfield has made 305 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 38 top-fives and 71 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 NASCAR Cup
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