Fontana: Jeremy Mayfield - Dodge interview

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) COMMENT ON PIT ROAD SPEEDING "The pace car has to be calibrated for sure. If not, who's to say we didn't run 3,900 rpm's and the pace car was off. I'm sure they've looked into...

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

COMMENT ON PIT ROAD SPEEDING

"The pace car has to be calibrated for sure. If not, who's to say we didn't run 3,900 rpm's and the pace car was off. I'm sure they've looked into that, but it's always something. When a rule comes out another rule has to come out and they have to adjust on it. As long as it's right for everybody I'm cool about it."

COMMENT ON SHORTER SPOILER

"I think everybody is concerned about it. We'll just have to wait and see. We tested here and had a great test. I don't think it's going to be a crap shoot. The only thing that's going to be a crap shoot is you'll see a lot of people trying a lot of different stuff. I think we're as good as we can possibly be. You always want to be the ones to raise the bar, and hopefully we'll be the ones with these new rules."

DO YOU THINK IT'LL TAKE A FEW WEEKS TO GET THINGS SORTED OUT?

"It might. You might see one car hit on it or a couple of teams. Who knows? Everybody might have it figured out, but I think there's going to be a learning curve the next couple of weeks. We hope we've done enough work over the winter to have a handle on it."

COMMENT ON BILL ELLIOTT

"Bill's a great guy. He's pretty much Bill Elliott all the time. He's always helpful, and I think he's liking what he's doing. He's racing when he wants to and having a good time. He seems cool. He's always been kinda relaxed. It's hard to tell when he's tense and when he's relaxed. Every time I've been around him he's cutting up and having a good time."

COMMENT ON NEW QUALIFYING PROCEDURE

"Usually if you're not good by now you're not going to be anyway. We're just going to do the best we can and get our stuff racing good. We kinda did that last year anyway. We practiced race setup and then threw in qualifying trim. It's going to be weird not having Happy Hour on Saturday, but that's all part of it. We've got today to get our race stuff right. It'll be even for everybody."

IS IT A RELIEF TO BE OUT OF DAYTONA?

"I'm so happy right now. I want to race again. Last week was pretty crazy. I miss Rockingham, but it's good to be here now that we're here. I ran second at Rockingham a few times, but I've won here. I like this place. The track has changed a little since I won here. It's a little slicker and the setups have changed. The main thing, it's still the same track. We had a good run going here last year. It's hard to win here, but I think we'll be in good shape on Sunday. We'll see how we stack up. I had a good test here, but it was real windy and hard to tell what you really had. We feel like we've got a better handle on it now than we did at the test."

IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GOOD FINISH HERE?

"It's important everywhere, but we want to have a good finish here. We're not going to let one week set us back. We overcame a lot of stuff at Daytona, so I'm happy about it. We just need to catch a break. We'll keep getting up in the morning and thank God for what we've got. We want to win, but you can't let that burning desire wear you down."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield