Bristol II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES Comment on the toughest racetrack leading into the Chase for the Nextel Cup "It's probably Bristol. I mean, Bristol's going to be a tough place just because you don't have total control there. You've got to race hard,...

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

Comment on the toughest racetrack leading into the Chase for the Nextel Cup

"It's probably Bristol. I mean, Bristol's going to be a tough place just because you don't have total control there. You've got to race hard, but you've got to stay out of trouble, and it's hard to stay out of trouble at that place. That's going to be our biggest hurdle. But, we've already made it through the two biggest, and that was Indy and Watkins Glen. We thought those were going to be our toughest places because I've never run good at Indy since I've been with Ray in the last couple years, and all of a sudden we come back and were running up in front all day, and crossed that one. And then of course, there's Watkins Glen, and that's a road course, so we thought we've made it through our toughest parts and now we've just got to get through Bristol and then we're out."

STATS & FACTS

JEREMY MAYFIELD AT BRISTOL

* This marks Mayfield's 20th career visit to Bristol Motor Speedway. He has two top-fives, five top-10s and has led three races for a total of 352 laps at Bristol. Mayfield earned his best finish of third in spring of 2001, moving up from a 30th place start. Mayfield earned his best start of third in 2002-a.

RACING FOR 'THE CHASE'

* Mayfield moves to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings after racing at Michigan, just six points out of the 10th place spot held by teammate Kasey Kahne.

* Mayfield has tightened the gap on the ninth spot in the points race to a mere 13 points. Only 46 points separates the 11th- and eighth-place positions.

* Last weekend's race at Michigan marked Mayfield's sixth consecutive finish of 11th or better.

WHAT A TURNAROUND

* Mayfield is tied with Casey Mears as NASCAR's most improved driver in the Cup Series so far this season. His current rank of 11th is 18 positions better than where he stood at this point last year.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Casey Mears , Kasey Kahne