Daytona II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid RECENT SUCCESS "Man, I'm telling you. Our run at Sonoma felt good. To come back from where we started and make up like 21 spots, that's pretty cool. It just shows how hard this team is ...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid


"Man, I'm telling you. Our run at Sonoma felt good. To come back from where we started and make up like 21 spots, that's pretty cool. It just shows how hard this team is working. I just can't say enough about Josh (Browne, team engineer) and Kenny (Francis, team manager) and all the guys. We keep plugging away at it and it's starting to show in our results. We knew it was there all the time, it's just taken us a little bit to get things the way we need them to be. We're moving in the direction we need to go and that's the important thing. We just need to keep doing what we're doing and we'll keep getting the results we need. Hopefully we can get it to pay off in a big way soon."


"I'm really looking forward to going back to Daytona. After the way we ran there earlier this year and what we did at Talladega, it should be big for us. Getting the pole (at Talladega) was such a big boost for this team. We were even leading the race there a couple of times it seemed like. It's one of those things though where you can have the best car all day long but all it takes is one little mistake by someone and it can ruin your day. It happened to us there. Our day wasn't a total waste but we certainly didn't get to finish where we should have. We felt the same way for the 500. Who knows what could have happened if the rain hadn't have come out?"


"I can't really put my finger on why we've been running consistently over the past three or so races. We just keep working at it. No one has given up and that includes Jeremy. We've changed some setup stuff. Our motor program has been working with us quite a bit and I think Jeremy's feedback has gotten better. All of that has kind of come together. Also, our pit stops have gotten a little better as well and that definitely pays off. So, a combination of all of those things are kind of coming together now and we've got a nice little bit of momentum going into a race where we did real well earlier this season. We should be pretty good this weekend. This car obviously ran well at Talladega. We had to repair the body and we think we've done a good job with it, but you don't know until you get down there. We were coming to the front when it rained in the 500, and we felt like we were pretty good, but we didn't get a chance to finish it. I mean, we were good. We ran eighth. We're looking for the same kind of thing this time around too."


* Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis #35, which he raced at Talladega and Daytona earlier this year. Mayfield's highest starting position with this car was from the pole this year at Talladega. His highest finish was eighth at this year's Daytona 500.


* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 290th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 20th career visit to Daytona Int'l Speedway. Mayfield has two top-five and five top-10 finishes at the racetrack. He has led three Daytona races for a total of nine laps.


* Mayfield's best finish at Daytona Int'l Speedway is third place, which he earned in the 1998 Daytona 500, starting from the 13th position. Mayfield's best start was from the sixth position in the 1999 Daytona 500.


* Jeremy Mayfield started this year's Daytona 500 from the 20th starting spot in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. On lap two, 39 cars changed positions including Mayfield who had advanced into the top 10. He fluctuated in the draft throughout the first part of the race due to a loose handling car. On lap 41, Mayfield continued to have slight handling problems and communicated to team director Kenny Francis who worked with his Dew Crew to fix the problems after the first red flag was waved for rain. On lap 97, rain looked imminent again and Francis elected to bring Mayfield in for fuel only. It put the No. 19 Dodge in 15th place. Mayfield was able to move up to the eighth spot before the race was red flagged and eventually called due to rain.


* The 219-mile race at Infineon Raceway two weeks ago was the second top-10 finish of the season for Mayfield and his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. Mayfield made up more than 21 spots from his 31st place starting position at the difficult-to-pass road course. Mayfield's Dodge needed few adjustments throughout the day and instead he concentrated on maneuvering his way through the field. By lap 67 he had moved up through the field into the top-10 due to pit strategy and aggressive driving. He fluctuated in the top-10 throughout the last 30 laps of the race, running as high as eighth several times. He gained two positions in the Winston Cup points race, moving to 27th place, just 32 points out of the next spot and 192 points out of 20th place.


* 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 the 2003 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Int'l Speedway Mayfield has made 289 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 35 top-fives and 64 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