Charlotte II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

RACE CONDITIONS AT NIGHT "I don't know how big a difference it will make that we are running the whole race under the lights. I know it can affect your handling when you go from day to night like we do in the 600. It's just something that we'll...


"I don't know how big a difference it will make that we are running the whole race under the lights. I know it can affect your handling when you go from day to night like we do in the 600. It's just something that we'll have to be ready for. We didn't test here this time so we'll have to rely on the information we get during practice. I'm looking forward to the race, though. It's always fun under the lights for the drivers and the fans. There's a different kind of excitement. We're on primetime TV too. It's kind of like Monday Night Football. There's just a different kind of energy."


"What can I say about this team? We've got some good momentum going. Last weekend the guys did a great job. Pit stops were good and Josh (Browne, engineer) and Kenny (Francis, team director) made the calls that kept us up front when it mattered the most. You hate to keep saying it, but I really think it's true. This team is close, and if we keep doing what we're doing it's only a matter of time before it pays off."


This weekend Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 37. Mayfield drove this car to a third-place finish last weekend at Kansas. He has also run this chassis at Dover(b) where he finished second and Darlington(b) where he ran sixth. In 2002, he drove the car to victory lane from the pole in the Winston Open.



This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 304th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 19th visit to Lowe's Motor Speedway. He has earned one top-five, five top-10s and has led two races for a total of 53 laps at Charlotte.


Mayfield's best finish at Charlotte came in October of 2000, when he moved up from a 10th place start to lead five times for 46 laps en route to a second-place finish. Mayfield earned all five of his top-10 finishes in consecutive Charlotte races (Spring of 1999 through Spring of 2001). His made his best Charlotte qualifying effort when he started third in the fall race of 1996.


Mayfield's third-place finish at Kansas marked his third top-five and ninth top-10 of 2003. The finish was the third top-five in five races for Mayfield. He earned two top-fives and four top-10s in 36 races last season.


A 24-year-old Jeremy Mayfield made his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series career start at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 10th, 1993. Mayfield qualified 30th and finished the race running in 29th place, making his only race start in 1993.


After bringing home his No. 19 Dodge in the third position last weekend, Mayfield gains three positions in the Winston Cup points race, moving into the 21st position. Only two points are needed to propel Mayfield into the top-20.


This year's Coca-Cola 600 began under caution as NASCAR attempted to dry Lowe's Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. After three laps the race was green flagged. On lap 49 Mayfield brought his No. 19 Dodge in for service. Mayfield reported that the car was slipping out of gear and the problem kept him in the pits for an extended amount of time. He retired from the race just beyond 120 laps into the 400-lap event when the No. 19 Dodge was damaged beyond repair. Mayfield reportedly cut a right front tire and careened into the wall.


Jeremy Mayfield provided more race-day excitement with his third-place run last Sunday at Kansas Speedway. Mayfield established himself as a contender, occupying a position within the top-10 for a majority of the day. He reported slightly tight conditions throughout the early part of the race. However, Kenny Francis and the Dew Crew did an excellent job of adjusting the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge to put Mayfield in a position to be a factor late in the race. The race for the lead got exciting after a caution on lap 183 brought most of the field in for pit stops. Francis brought Mayfield down pit road with one lap before green flag racing began in order to top off on fuel. The stop was Mayfield's last of the day. Several cautions brought competitors down pit road, but Francis and team engineer Josh Browne instructed Mayfield to conserve fuel. The conservation paid off as Mayfield assumed the lead on lap 203. He soared in the clean air for a total of 37 laps, the second most of the day, but several late cautions bunched up the field. The Kentucky native held off several hard charging competitors in the closing laps of the race to finish third, his third top five of the season and ninth top 10.


Mayfield earned his seventh career pole position, and his first for Evernham Motorsports, in this year's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The pole was Mayfield's third at Talladega, and makes him one of only three active drivers who have scored three or more poles at the track (Sterling Marlin - three, Bill Elliott - eight). The pole was Mayfield's first since starting up front in the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway in October 2000. All seven of Mayfield's Bud Poles have been earned on superspeedways (Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas).


Coming into this weekend's UAW/GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mayfield has made 303 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 38 top-fives and 71 top-10s. His most recent win came at Pocono in June of 2000. He earned his most recent pole, and his first pole for Evernham Motorsports at the Aaron's 499 at Talladega on April 6th.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield , Sterling Marlin