JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) Finished second, third straight runner-up finish for an Evernham Motorsports Dodge "We carried over our momentum from last season. We had a lot of things going for us at the end of last season....
(No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
Finished second, third straight runner-up finish for an Evernham Motorsports Dodge
"We carried over our momentum from last season. We had a lot of things going for us at the end of last season. The team did an outstanding job on pit road today getting me out of the pits. It seemed like as the race went on, the tighter we got. I guess Junior and them made more aggressive adjustments. We've had some decent runs the last couple of weeks, but it hasn't been what we wanted. To come back and have a finish like this is awesome. The guys are pretty pumped up. They work hard week in and week out. To have a good run like this after the last few weeks we've had, they'll be pumped right back up again. Finishing second will pump them up, and that's a lot easier than having to go back up there and try to pump 'em up.
"We came back this week and didn't make any mistakes, and I feel like we're right back where we were at the end of last season. Kasey started off that way, well, not really started off that way because he had trouble at Daytona, but he's had things going his way, and he's done a great job.
"Tommy moved into that team as crew chief, and Kasey came in as the driver and they've had their own adjustments to make during the winter. I think both of them have done a great job of picking up where Bill and Mike Ford and those guys left off. I think they've done an awesome job.
"It doesn't seem any better or worse for me. It seems like we carried on with the same balance we had last year. I think that's helped us as a group, Evernham Motorsports in general. Some of the same setups and same notes are still working for us. We've changed them a little bit, but not much. It seems like it's more of a fine line. If you're tight and free it up a little bit then you're too loose. You're back and forth. That's what we've noticed, and I think that's what Kasey is seeing, too. Today is seemed like for us we didn't go enough. We were kind of gun shy from the last couple of weeks.
"Early in the race, Kasey got a little loose and we got a little tight. We freed it up past midway and took off. We thought we were headed in the right direction, and all of a sudden we started getting tight again. It definitely changed from run to run, and that makes it tough when you don't have a lot of cautions and you have a lot of green flag runs. You have to really stay up on the wheel all day no matter what to stay on the lead lap, and that's something we were able to do. Junior definitely had the best car at the end, but times during the race he wasn't that good.
"We run hard every week, so I don't think it had anything to do with the new rules. I think all the drivers will tell you right now that the cars are sliding a little more. You just get up there and run on the edge or and get up there and run in the marbles or run in the wall. There's a lot of stuff going on out there that's a little different. The aero rules are different, so maybe that's got something to do with it."