Dover: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T DOVER "It's one of those tracks that I like. I guess I kind of like the tracks that are a little different - Pocono, Darlington and Dover. You've got to have good track position at Dover. I...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T

DOVER

"It's one of those tracks that I like. I guess I kind of like the tracks that are a little different - Pocono, Darlington and Dover. You've got to have good track position at Dover. I know we say that every week, but it's true. We want to get a starting spot for Sunday. That'll be important."

PERFORMANCE AT DOVER

"I've run well at Dover. It seems like the past few times I've been running in the top five and something happens. I've led a bunch of laps there. I've never won there but I've come close. I got the pole there in 2000. If we can stay out of trouble and get a good starting spot, we should be fine."

STATS & FACTS

* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 250th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and his 15th career visit to Dover Int'l Speedway. He has one pole, three top-fives, four top-10s at Dover, and a career-high finish of third place that he earned at the track in the fall race of 1998. Mayfield earned the pole at Dover in the fall race of 2000. Mayfield's most recent start at Dover came in last fall's MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400 where he started seventh, and finished 42nd after being caught up in an incident after 54 laps.

* Last weekend's finish at Charlotte dropped Mayfield to 24th in the drivers' points standings. His season-high ranking this year was 16th, which he reached after an 11th place finish at Martinsville. Mayfield's best overall finish in the Winston Cup points race came in 1998 when he ranked seventh at the season's end.

* Mayfield's second-place run this year at Las Vegas was his best run at the track and his best overall finish since the 2000 Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami where he finished second. The finish also qualified Mayfield for last weekend's Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus.

* Coming into the 2002 season, Mayfield had 237 starts, with six poles (two at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 33 top fives and 58 top 10s. His most recent win came at Pocono in June of 2000.

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