Atlanta II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T RACING AT ATLANTA "The No. 19 Dodge should be pretty good at Atlanta. I like the track and have had some pretty good runs there. We tested there before the first race and I know Bill was back...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T

RACING AT ATLANTA

"The No. 19 Dodge should be pretty good at Atlanta. I like the track and have had some pretty good runs there. We tested there before the first race and I know Bill was back there in October so we should be ready to go."

QUALIFYING AT NIGHT

"It should be interesting. It's always fun for the fans with deals like that. The cars look pretty cool under the lights. It also makes it easier for them to get to see qualifying because they don't have to take off work since it's at night. We usually end the season there too, so it will be kind of different to go there and not have it be the last race. It should be a good time for everyone though. I know I really like racing under the lights."

COMMUNICATING WHAT THE CAR IS DOING

"I go around the race track and actually try to decipher what the car is doing, where it's doing it at, and come back and relay the message to the crew.... The good thing about it, we make our decisions based on a lot of engineering facts and the group type decision-making process. It really makes it easier on all of us because it's not just me making decisions or Ray or Dave or any of us. It's all of us together, and so far it's pretty good."

RACE NOTES

* Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge that he raced at Darlington in September when he finished 20th.

STATS & FACTS

* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 270th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 14th visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mayfield's best finish at Atlanta came in fall of 1999 when he moved up from a 23rd place start to finish third. This tied his career-high finish set at the track in March of 1998. Mayfield has three top-fives, three top-tens, and has led laps in four races at Atlanta.  He earned his best start at the track in March of 1996, starting fourth.

* In March's MBNA America 500, Mayfield started from the 40th position and spent the day trying to hold on to track position. The No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T was tight from the start. The Dew Crew tried various adjustments throughout the day to correct its handling. Mayfield battled back up through the field and was able to hold on for a 23rd place finish.

* In last week's race at Martinsville, Mayfield started the day in 24th place. He spent the first half of the race making adjustments on his No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T. The Dew Crew relied on four tire stops throughout the day as Mayfield fluctuated through the field. On lap 300 he sat in 18th place. He spent the rest of the race cycling through the various pit stop calls by other teams and maneuvering through lap traffic. He finished in 28th place.

* Mayfield is in the top-25 in the points standings for the fourth consecutive week. He is in 25th place with 2,975 points, 16 points out of the next spot and 257 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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