Dover II: Pole winner press conference

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Pole winner "I felt real confident. This is one of my favorite racetracks, and we seem to do kinda good at times. It seems like it's been a great place for us. We've had good runs here in the...

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

"I felt real confident. This is one of my favorite racetracks, and we seem to do kinda good at times. It seems like it's been a great place for us. We've had good runs here in the past and great qualifying runs. I'm very confident coming in here. I felt like we had a shot the last time we were here and got into some trouble. Hopefully this time we'll stay out of trouble and be there in the end.

"I think it's a place we knew we were going to be pretty good at, and it's a place we look forward to coming to. Anytime you look forward to a racetrack where you've run good in the past it builds confidence. Here and Darlington and a lot of places coming up we have a lot confidence. This is one of my favorite places as far as one I have confidence in. I think it's going to be a great race. We'll see what happens.

"I think it's very important to start up front any time you can, and that's definitely going to keep us out of trouble that might occur. Any time you start up front, especially on the pole and get away from the guys, you have a better shot at not getting into a wreck or whatever. That's all we can hope for and doing the best we can. Last week is over. We're not going to dwell on it. We haven't been dwelling on it. We've been looking forward to coming to Dover and doing what we did. Now we've got to go out and win the race and try to make up the points we got taken away from us last week.

"I think we're going to have to do that (repeat Richmond performance) every week from here on out to try to rebound from this thing. That's what this team seems to be really good at. We get knocked down and we get chewed up and spit out and all that stuff, booed off the stage, but we come right back. I feel like that's why we're like an underdog type race team. When the going gets tough we feel like we perform our best. When you've got a race team like that you're going to win races and hopefully the championship.

"Obviously he (Robby Gordon) wasn't in too desperate of a search for me. It might have been the shirt I had on, too. I want ya'll to see my shirt. It says, 'I want you to stay far, far away from me.' This is a shirt I found, and I'm wearing it today. What's cool is that Richard Childress called Monday morning and left me a message. He apologized and said he was very sorry. I took that as a compliment coming from Richard. About Wednesday, he called me back and left another message saying the same thing. I tried to get hold of him. We've been playing phone tag, but that's classy of Childress to do that. He's got hold of me twice, and we've been playing phone tag and all of that, but I haven't talked to Robby. I thought that was pretty neat for Richard to do that. I hate it he had to do that and be in that situation, but he did a pretty good job. Richard didn't seem to have any problems getting ahold of anybody.

"I'm not joking. I did not have it (T-shirt) made. My wife was looking on the internet and we were trying to have a cool shirt to have some fun this weekend, not for any particular reason or anything. There happened to be a real bright orange shirt that we found that said, 'I want you to stay far, far away from me.' I thought it would be cool to have that just for the heck of it.

"It's over. What are you going to do about it? There's nothing we could do about it. I could get mad and then we probably wouldn't have sat on the pole today if we had dwelled on that this week. I hate it for Childress and car owners. Ray is the ultimate one that pays the price Robby don't realize how many families and team members and companies and sponsors it affects. I think he's learned a valuable lesson."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon