BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2007) - Jeremy Mayfield and the 360 OTC Racing team headed to Bristol Motor Speedway looking forward to hitting the newly-repaved track for the second time this season. After posting a 31st-place qualifying effort Friday,...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2007) - Jeremy Mayfield and the 360 OTC Racing team headed to Bristol Motor Speedway looking forward to hitting the newly-repaved track for the second time this season. After posting a 31st-place qualifying effort Friday, Mayfield took the checkered flag in 37th place Saturday evening.
Sitting outside the top 35 in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series owners' point standings, Mayfield and the 360 OTC Racing team were forced to make the field for Saturday's event based on speed. Mayfield was the 34th of 48 competitors scheduled to take to track for his qualifying run. His speed of 117.322 mph around the .533-mile track earned him the 31st spot on the starting grid.
Mayfield took the green flag for the start of the event and immediately communicated to his team that the handling of the 360 OTC Toyota Camry was extremely tight. Before the team was able to make a pit stop for chassis adjustments, Mayfield went one lap down to leader Kasey Kahne on lap 52 of the 500-lap event. After the car brushed the wall on lap 85, crew chief Joe Lax called Mayfield into the pits and hoped four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment might ease some of the issues Mayfield was having with the car.
Mayfield let the team know that the changes helped the car early in the next run, but it wasn't long before he again needed help with the handling. Air pressure and track bar adjustments were the main priority of the next stop, which came during the first caution period of the day on lap 130.
Mayfield and the 360 OTC Racing team chased the handling of the car throughout the race. At the halfway point of the event, Mayfield held down the 40th spot. Lax and the crew made adjustments to the Camry during every stop, and though they made several big changes over the course of the event, they weren't able to get the car to handle to Mayfield's liking. Mayfield held the 37th position when the checkered flag waved.
The 360 OTC Racing team will head west next weekend to the two-mile oval in Fontana, Calif., for the Sharp Aquos 500. Qualifying will be held Friday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon's race is scheduled for a 5 p.m. ET start. The event will be broadcast on ESPN television, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. Before traveling to California, the team will spend Tuesday and Wednesday testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway.