Atlanta: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Momentum is Key to Mayfield Motorsports at Atlanta Motor Speedway CORNELIUS, N.C. (March 4, 2009) -- According to Jeremy Mayfield, momentum is an important key to success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With that in mind, Mayfield's No. 41 All...

Momentum is Key to Mayfield Motorsports at Atlanta Motor Speedway

CORNELIUS, N.C. (March 4, 2009) -- According to Jeremy Mayfield, momentum is an important key to success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With that in mind, Mayfield's No. 41 All Sport Toyota team plans to restore its early season charge by qualifying for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"We are 100% focused on qualifying for the race at Atlanta," said Mayfield. "The thing about racing at this level is that success breeds success and you've got to keep the tide going in your direction. Even though we got off course in Vegas, we can keep the momentum going in our favor if we go out and qualify well at Atlanta."

Despite qualifying for the first two events of the race season, Mayfield Motorsports failed to make the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I don't really look at missing last week's race as a set back as much as I look at it as a chance to reevaluate areas we can improve this race team," added Mayfield. "I've had some good runs at Atlanta so this is a great place to get this program back on track with a fast lap in qualifying and solid race day."

With veteran crew chief Tony Furr leading the team, success should come naturally to Mayfield Motorsports. Furr, who is credited with leading Jerry Nadeau's team to victory at the track in 2000, has always run well at Atlanta.

"As a crew chief, I have one official win at Atlanta," said Furr. "But if you look back at the past seven or eight years, I should have about five wins total. There have been some heart aches -- motor issues and fuel mileage that didn't go our way -- but it's always been a good track for me."

Furr also believes in the power of momentum as the key to getting around the 1.54-mile quad-oval track.

"Atlanta is really another handling track," explained Furr. "Keeping the momentum up and not getting caught up in the bumps, mainly in turn one, is probably the most important factor in getting a good lap in qualifying."

In 23 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the driver of the All Sport Toyota Camry has collected four top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and has led 80 laps. Mayfield's career best start at Atlanta Motor Speedway is a fourth place effort in March of 1996. His career best finish at the track is a runner-up run in March of 2004.

-credit: mm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Jerry Nadeau