Indianapolis: Jeremy Mayfield preview

CHANCES AT INDY "We're going into Indy wide open, man. We're really pumped up. I think we really have a shot at running well there. We had a real good test. I think the best test I've ever had. I was happy with it. I think we learned a lot....


"We're going into Indy wide open, man. We're really pumped up. I think we really have a shot at running well there. We had a real good test. I think the best test I've ever had. I was happy with it. I think we learned a lot. We're bringing a brand new car too, and I'm real excited about that. I feel like Indy owes me one. I've had some real good runs there but it just seems like a lot of stuff has happened, and we're never able to capitalize on it-kind of like us last weekend. We had a good car but we never got a chance to show it. I feel like we've got a shot to have a good run this weekend, and I feel like it's our turn."


"I've always liked the place (Indy). I can't tell you why. I've been able to test a lot there, and I think that helps, but I also like that kind of track. I've won at California and Pocono and those tracks are similar in that they're big and flat. I'm not sure what it is about it, but it's just that way for me."


"It'd be hard to put into words what it would mean to win the Brickyard. The Daytona 500 is special but so is the Brickyard. I'd rank them right together. I mean it's a big race. There's all that tradition and history. It's like who gets bragging rights for the year. There's a lot on the line. I can't imagine what it would be like to be a part of that tradition. We're going to give it a shot though."


* Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 51, which is a new chassis. * Evernham Motorsports will field the No. 91 Dodge Intrepid for the Brickyard 400, driven by Casey Atwood.



* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 294th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 9th career visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mayfield has one top-five and one top-10 finish at the racetrack. He has led one Brickyard race for a total of 1 lap.

INDIANAPOLIS RACE NOTES EVENT START FINISH STATUS LAPS LED NOTES 2001 Brickyard 400 16 18 Running - - 2002 Brickyard 400 12 39 Running 1 First lap led at Indianapolis


* Jeremy Mayfield lapped the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during last year's qualifying session at 49.936/180.231 mph, putting him in the 12th starting spot for the 2002 Brickyard 400. On the first round of pit stops, the No. 10 car and Mayfield's No. 19 UAW/Dodge Dealers Intrepid made contact, forcing Mayfield to come back to the pits for a second time for repairs. He made up ground after being shuffled back in the field but on lap 78 his engine failed, retiring Mayfield and the No. 19 UAW/Dodge Intrepid for the day in 39th place.


* Mayfield started last weekend's Pennsylvania 500 in the 15th starting position. He pitted on lap 50 for a wedge adjustment and set out to make his way back through the field. On lap 69, the 31 car ended Mayfield's run when they connected and Mayfield was sent spinning into the wall. The Dew Crew refused to lose more positions on the track than necessary and worked diligently on the No. 19 Dodge throughout the rest of the race, sending Mayfield out twice in order to gain finishing spots. Mayfield gained four finishing spots by returning to the field, ending the day in 38th place.


* Mayfield is currently 28th in the Winston Cup points standings, just 30 points out of the next position and 193 points out of the top 20.


* Mayfield earned his seventh career pole position, and his first for Evernham Motorsports, in this year's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The pole was Mayfield's third at Talladega, and makes him one of only three active drivers who have scored three or more poles at the track (Sterling Marlin - three, Bill Elliott - eight). The pole was Mayfield's first since starting up front in the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway in October 2000. All seven of Mayfield's Bud Poles have been earned on superspeedways (Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas).


* Coming into the 2003 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mayfield has made 293 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 35 top-fives and 66 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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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Sterling Marlin , Casey Atwood