Mayfield, Wallace to double-team Daytona By Bill Frederickson DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 1999) Last season, teammates Jeremy Mayfield and Rusty Wallace raised eyebrows with a pair of strong runs in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International ...
Mayfield, Wallace to double-team Daytona By Bill Frederickson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 1999) Last season, teammates Jeremy Mayfield and Rusty Wallace raised eyebrows with a pair of strong runs in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. This year, the dynamic duo won't surprise anyone with top-five finishes.
Mayfield, who steered his Mobil 1 Ford to a third-place finish at last year's season-opener, posted a second-place effort in Thursday's second Gatorade 125-Mile Qualifying Race. By doing so, the Owensboro, Ky., native earned the sixth starting spot for Sunday's big race.
Wallace, meanwhile, picked up a fourth-place finish in Thursday's second qualifier. The Miller Lite Ford driver was fifth in last year's Daytona 500, and will start 10th in this year's event.
Mayfield says he expects another good effort this year, and his team has supplied him with his best ride yet for Thursday's 50-lap dash.
"It was a great car," Mayfield said. "It was the best car I've had here. Usually you have to work on it in the 125s. This thing is ready to go right now. It's a lot better than what we had last year.
"I'm real excited about the 500. We've had a good week so far. The car has been strong very practice, and it came home pretty strong today.
"If you don't have a good car, you don't have a chance."
The cooperation between Mayfield and Wallace helped propel them to the front last season, and it also helped Thursday. And, of course, they hope to continue the trend Sunday.
"We had a good run today," Wallace said. "Jeremy and I worked together. We're fourth. We're solid and that's a good start for the 500. We had a great handling car today."
"I think we had a good car. It's a long race. I think Jeremy and I are going to hook up again and have a good day."
Mayfield agrees, and he says the pair's relationship is an honest one, and one that helps them both.
"We work hard together and we share everything that goes in our car to try and make them better."
This season, however, Mayfield and Wallace won't be among the surprises on Sunday. If either of them find their way to Daytona's Victory Lane, no one would give it a second glance.
"It's a good feeling to be among the favorites," Mayfield said. "It makes you feel confident. It's exciting"
Source: NASCAR Online