Mayfield's Past Success at California Gives New Team a Boost CORNELIUS, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2009) -- Round two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is a welcome sight for Jeremy Mayfield and his ALL SPORT sponsored Mayfield Motorsports race team.
Mayfield's Past Success at California Gives New Team a Boost
CORNELIUS, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2009) -- Round two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is a welcome sight for Jeremy Mayfield and his ALL SPORT sponsored Mayfield Motorsports race team. Mayfield, who entered the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with the experience of a veteran and the heart of the rookie, secured a spot in last week's Daytona 500. The thrill of starting out the season on a high note, combined with Mayfield's return to the track where he earned his second of five total Cup wins, sets the stage for the continuation of the team's Cinderella story.
"This past week has been a whirlwind," said Mayfield. "A week ago we were trying to get in the Daytona 500 and now we're trying to make it two in a row and keep the momentum going."
With 14 Cup starts at the Auto Club Speedway, including his 2000 victory, Mayfield has the added benefit of qualifying in the top-five on four different occasions at the 2-mile, D-shaped oval. The fact of which will be at the top of Mayfield's mind as he makes his two-lap effort in Friday's qualifying for the Auto Club 500.
"Going back to a track where you've run up front and won a race is definitely good for the team," said Mayfield. "And I know a lot of the guys are really pumped up based on the car we've got going to California. We need a fast lap to get the ALL SPORT Toyota in the show and I think we've got what we need under the hood to get around the track fast."
Mayfield will drive the team's chassis #47, which was purchased from Triad Racing Technologies. Chassis #47 came from the Bill Davis Racing stable of cars.
"We trying hard with the amount of time we have to get this car ready for the West coast swing of races," said Crew Chief Tony Furr. "We had just enough time after Daytona to bolt this car together and put it on the truck out to California."
Furr believes there are two keys to success at the Auto Club Speedway.
"First off, we need good horsepower and I feel like we have that with the Triad motor," said Furr. "And second, we need to get the handling down in practice so that Jeremy can carry enough corner speed to run a fast lap. The key to getting around California is getting through the corners."
As a whole, this team has come together to make a mark in the early part of the 2009 race season -- a fact which Mayfield believes will lead to a breakout year for Mayfield Motorsports.
"Everyone is working hard to get the cars ready for the first five races, get the shop ready for the year and to plan ahead for tracks down the road like the road courses," explained Mayfield. "It's coming together because everyone is really pitching in anywhere they can and that's the sort of mentality that's going to keep this organization strong for many years to come."