Darlington: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Darlington Raceway News and Notes * Darlington's Camry...The No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive this weekend in the event at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway is COT 09. This is the same car the team used in the...

Darlington Raceway News and Notes

* Darlington's Camry...The No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive this weekend in the event at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway is COT 09. This is the same car the team used in the event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April.

* Mayfield's Career Stats...Mayfield hopes to make his 407th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start when he takes the green flag Saturday evening. He made his first career Cup Series start in October 1993 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and finished 33rd (qualified 25th) in his first Cup Series start in Darlington in 1994.

* Mayfield in Darlington...Mayfield has made 23 starts on the 1.366-mile oval during his Cup Series career and has started inside the top 10 five times, including a pole position in 2000 He has also earned seven top-10 finishes in competition at the track, with the highest finish being a runner-up finish in 1999.

* BDR at The Track too Tough to Tame...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at the Darlington area track since 1993 and have made 34 starts. Those drivers have posted two wins (2000, 2001), four top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and have completed 10,104 of 11,051 possible laps (91.4 percent). A BDR entry also sat on the pole at Darlington in 1996.

* Practice Makes Perfect...Like most of their competitors this weekend, Mayfield and the No. 36 team spent Monday and Tuesday testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway (in Concord, N.C.) in preparation for the upcoming events there. They will also head to Dover (Del.) International Speedway next Monday and Tuesday for two days of testing at that track.

* Jeremy Mayfield on 2007..."We came out of the box strong with our Car of Tomorrow program and have struggled to make the last couple of races. It's a shame, because everybody at Bill Davis Racing has worked really hard. We've done some extra testing lately and were hoping that would help when we got to Richmond, but the level of competition at the track is just unbelievable. All of these teams that need to make the race on time go out during qualifying and are within hundredths of a second of each other. Still, we believe in ourselves and our team and will go to the track every weekend confident in our abilities to make the show. We're working hard to find what this 360 OTC team needs to be more competitive, and we'll find it. It's just a matter of time."

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield
Teams Bill Davis Racing