Homestead: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid ENDING THE SEASON IN MIAMI It's been a long season. At least now we can go into next year with a lot of momentum we haven't had. I haven't had that since I've been here. This is the best...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid

ENDING THE SEASON IN MIAMI

It's been a long season. At least now we can go into next year with a lot of momentum we haven't had. I haven't had that since I've been here. This is the best I've felt since I left the No. 12 car and we were at the top of our game over there. Our cars are better, and we know what direction to go in. I feel really good about Homestead. It's a good racetrack for us. They've changed it, so it'll be even for all of us, and to come off a run like this (Rockingham) will be really cool."

OFF SEASON

"Everything goes so fast. Shana (wife) and I are really looking forward to spending some time at home. You've got Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, so we'll spend a lot of time with our families. I'm just really looking forward to being at home, being with our dogs and doing stuff around the house. We were talking about going on vacation somewhere, but I think we're just going to stick around home."

RACE NOTES

* Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 37 this weekend. Mayfield drove this car to a third-place finish at Kansas. He has also run this chassis at Dover(b) where he finished second, Darlington(b) where he ran sixth and Atlanta(b) where he ran seventh. In 2002, he drove this car to victory lane from the pole in the Winston Open.

STATS & FACTS

CAREER AT HOMESTEAD

* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 309th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and fourth visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the inaugural Pennzoil 400 in 1999, Mayfield started eighth and finished 13th. His best finish at Homestead came in 2000, when he moved up from a 22nd place start to lead once for 25 laps and finish second. Mayfield has one top-five, one top-ten, and has led one race for 25 laps at Homestead.

TOP RUNS

* Mayfield's third place finish at Rockingham was his 11th top-10 of the 2003 season. Mayfield has earned 11 or more top-10 finishes in a season on three other occasions (1998 to 2000 -- 16, 12, 12, respectively). The finish also marked his fourth top-five of the year, and his fourth top-three since Richmond, Sept. 6th. Last season, Mayfield earned two top-fives and four top-10s in 36 races.

MAYFIELD GOES 'BUSCHWACKING'

* Mayfield piloted Evernham Motorsports' No. 79 Mountain Dew Dodge in Saturday's 200-lap Busch Series event at North Carolina Speedway. Mayfield started out his Busch driving duties with a strong qualifying run, starting in the third position. He was never out of the top-10 on raceday day thanks to the effort of the Evernham Motorsports research and development team. The team produced solid results for the organization's first foray into Busch racing. Kenny Francis and Josh Browne called the race along with competition director, Sammy Johns, and the No. 19 Dew Crew helped pit Mayfield's Dodge. The team showed its capabilities throughout the day, making slight adjustments to the chassis and sending Mayfield out with solid pit stops. The team's hard work put Evernham Motorsports into the Busch Series record books for the first time with a top-five finish.

ANOTHER GOOD DAY FOR DEW CREW

* The No. 19 Dew Crew showed everyone that Evernham Motorsports' pit crews are forces to be reckoned with last Saturday at Rockingham. The Dew Crew finished fourth in the Unocal/76 World Pit Crew Competition - the first time that the No. 19 team has competed in the competition. The team completed their stop in a time of 17.667 seconds and no penalties.

WINSTON CUP POINTS RACE

* Following a top-three run at Rockingham, Mayfield remains in 20th place in the Winston Cup points standings but made up valuable ground. He is 30 points out of the next spot.

MOST RECENT RUN AT HOMESTEAD

* Last year at Homestead, Mayfield began the race from the 33rd position. He battled extremely loose conditions in his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge throughout the day. The Dew Crew worked hard to adjust the handling of the No. 19 Dodge Intrepid trying a number of combinations during their pit stops. Mayfield finished the day three laps down to the leader.

LAST WEEKEND

* Last weekend at Rockingham, Mayfield's No. 19 Dodge proved strong all day long. Mayfield moved up from his third place starting spot and provided some exciting racing on his way to assuming the lead. His moves to gain the point position paid off after a pit stop on lap 77. The Dew Crew's speedy work put Mayfield out front where he stayed for 91 laps. A few laps into his run he radioed back to the team, "That's everything we need." Mayfield and his teammate stayed out for several more cautions but on the sixth caution of the day he came in for service and once again came out first. On lap 186, the red Dodges were one and two on the racetrack. Mayfield's Dodge began to experience tight and loose conditions in the corner due to the changing track conditions. Kenny Francis made slight adjustments with air pressure. As the race wore on, Mayfield's Dodge became tighter, but he never fell out of the top 10. In fact, Mayfield never strayed out of the top five and was a threat to take the checkered flag all day long.

WINSTON CUP CAREER RECORD

* Coming into the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Mayfield has made 308 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 39 top-fives and 73 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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