Dover II: Jeremy Mayfield press conference

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - "Well it sucks in one way, but it's great in the other. We had a good car today and the guys did a great job. Our Dodge ran good all day. The motor ran good. We had great pit stops,...

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) -

"Well it sucks in one way, but it's great in the other. We had a good car today and the guys did a great job. Our Dodge ran good all day. The motor ran good. We had great pit stops, and great calls by Kenny (crew chief, Francis) and all of the guys on the team. It was just a good day for us. We came up from 25th, and this was probably the best car that I've ever had here. It's a shame that we couldn't get the win. We just got tight at the end. That's kind of what we seemed to do all day. The car just got tighter and tighter as the day when on. Overall, it was a good day for us.

"This team has made progress, and it shows. This is a great race team. You hear a lot of rumors and all of that stuff, but whoever would tear this race team apart is crazy. That's all I can say, and I'll say it straight up. This is a good race team. Everybody works together good, and we're just now starting to get going. It's just a shame that we couldn't have brought a win home today. Overall, it was just a great day for us. Our Dodge ran good all day. We had a chance to win the race again, and we came up short. We started 25th and worked our way up there. We just kept battling all day, and it was just a good day for us.

On whether or not he rubbed with Ryan Newman fighting for the lead...

"A little bit. It was just racing. I thought we put on a good show. That's part of it. You've got to go out there and race hard. Ryan and I raced each other at Richmond, and it was the same as here today. My was tight, and I got into him a little bit. He was loose and came down into me a little bit. But, we both respect each other and didn't do anything crazy.

"Our tires were pretty good all day. Ours stayed consistent all day. We didn't really have what you'd call a bad set. It seemed like they worked good for us. I know Tony looked like he got a bad set one time. Other than that, I didn't notice anything different on ours.

On whether the race should have been stopped during the 28-lap caution...

"I think it was early in the race. I had seen what was going on right there, and I think they thought that they could fix it sooner that what they did. The good thing about it is they did fix it instead of leaving it like that. I'd hate to see them stop the race so early if it would only take a few laps to fix it. It did take quite a bit of time, but I don't think it affected the outcome of the race.

On the caution rule-revision...

"Unfortunately, it turned out that the guy won the race on the first day that we did it. I'm sure NASCAR has their hands full with that. Overall, I thought it was a good thing. As they said yesterday in the meeting, there might be some adjusting going on. It just so happens that the No. 12 car was part of that deal, and he was still a good enough car to win the race. I don't think that that's what won the race for him. He would have made his lap up anyway, probably. It's just part of it. It just so happens that the first time we've ever done it, the guy won the race. NASCAR will take care of that. But my thoughts on it are that it's a good thing. It's still the safest way to go. I think NASCAR had a good judgment on that. We'll see what happens in the future.

On taking his second place finishes to the next level...

"Well, that's part of it. I feel like you've got to do that before you start wining races. We could've hooked up in one race, and then fell off in a couple of others. This shows that we're consistent, and that we're here to stay, hopefully, week in and week out. I think the worst we've finished in the last four or five weeks is 11th. That shows our team is on its way to good things in the future. You know, you've got to finish second a few times and get beaten real bad... I was telling the guys earlier, 'You finish third and it's not too bad - you're pretty happy. But if you finish second you're madder than you know what.' It's weird. We should be happy to finish second, and we are, but you only get the opportunity once in awhile and when you get it and you come so close it just makes you mad. But you've got to go through that before you start winning."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Ryan Newman