Dover II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

JEREMY MAYFIELD - HURRICANE ISABEL "I just hate to see it happen. I hope that everyone is prepared and safe in that area. If the hurricane does hit, I just hope it's not too bad. My main concern, and I'm sure everyone else's, is the well being...


"I just hate to see it happen. I hope that everyone is prepared and safe in that area. If the hurricane does hit, I just hope it's not too bad. My main concern, and I'm sure everyone else's, is the well being of all of those people who may be affected by it. I don't know what's going to happen, but whatever decisions are made are going to take everyone into account. That includes all of us who have to travel and all of those people who may be dealing with the aftermath of this storm."


"Obviously the emergency the hurricane has created is the number one priority on everyone's list. The first thing is making sure that the people in the towns are safe. Then, if through all that we can go up to Dover and race and the hurricane doesn't cause damage or injury or anything worse then we'll go on up there and put a show on. Right now, the concern is about all the friends and families that are in the path of that hurricane."


Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 37, which he most recently raced at Darlington where he finished sixth. He also ran this chassis at Texas, Las Vegas and Pocono this year. In 2002, he drove this chassis to victory lane from the pole in the Winston Open.

Mayfield made his 300th career NASCAR Winston Cup Series start last weekend at New Hampshire. To date, he has three wins, seven poles, 36 top-fives and 69 top-10s. Mayfield made his first career start at Charlotte in October of 1993, starting 30th and finishing 29th.



This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 301st career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 19th career visit to Dover International Speedway. Mayfield has one pole, three top-fives and four top-10 finishes at the racetrack. He has led three Dover races for a total of 130 laps.


Mayfield earned his top Dover finish of third place, moving up from a 28th starting position in the 1998 fall race. He tallied his first Dover pole position in the 2000 fall race - his third pole of 2000 and the fifth of his career.


Mayfield has posted four straight finishes of 11th or better, including his season best (second at Richmond).


Mayfield's second-place finish two weeks ago at Richmond marked his first top-five and seventh top-10 of 2003. The runner-up finish was the seventh of Mayfield's career and first since his third race as driver of the No. 19 Dodge, when he finished second at Las Vegas in March of '02.


Mayfield's 11th-place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway moved him into the top-25 of the Winston Cup points standings. He is 19 points out of the next position and 96 points out of the top 20.


The spring race at Dover got off to a slow start for the No. 19 team, after an incident on lap one and light rain caused early cautions. Mayfield stayed in the top-15 for the first 100 laps of the race. He reported tight conditions with his Dodge but remained in the top half of the field. After a stop on lap 114, Mayfield got caught up high and lost several spots. He made up ground and the Dew Crew made a small adjustment on lap 139. Mayfield held on for the remainder of the race as he battled the tough driving conditions of Dover. He managed to maintain his position in the closing laps, finishing in the 21st spot.


Mayfield, who made his 300th career start at NHIS last weekend, began the race in the 10th position for the 300-lap event. It was Mayfield's seventh top-10 start in the No. 19 Dodge this season. He narrowly missed adding to his impressive run of consecutive top-10 finishes, finishing 11th. Mayfield was a fixture in the top-15 for most of the day. Kenny Francis and the Dew Crew used a combination of two-tire and four-tire stops. The crew also made minor adjustments to Mayfield's Dodge successfully adjusting for tightness with trackbar and air pressure adjustments early in the race. Mayfield drove into the top-10 after a stop on 128. He fluctuated throughout the top-15 until the end, riding out pit cycles and making a hard charge for the top-10 in the closing laps.


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 MBNA America 400 at Dover Int'l Speedway, Mayfield has made 300 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 36 top-fives and 69 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