Kansas: Jeremy Mayfield preview

UPCOMING RACES "That's what's cool right now. I feel like any race from here on out, we've got a shot at winning. I really felt that way the last couple of months, and we've really run strong the last couple of months. Now, it seems like we're...


"That's what's cool right now. I feel like any race from here on out, we've got a shot at winning. I really felt that way the last couple of months, and we've really run strong the last couple of months. Now, it seems like we're clicking. I feel like it could be any week. I'm excited about the rest of the year."


"We just had some bad luck at Talladega. We had a good car and that's what's frustrating. The important thing is not to lose the momentum we had going. Things like that happen and it's important for us to keep doing what we've been doing. I like Kansas. We came out there with a top-10 finish last time and we're looking to pick up where we left off."


Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 37, which he most recently raced at Dover(b) where he finished second. He also ran this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Darlington(b), as well as Texas, Las Vegas and Pocono(a) this year. In 2002, Mayfield drove this chassis to victory lane from the pole in the Winston Open.

Mayfield's No. 19 Dodge, along with Bill Elliott's No. 9 Dodge will feature special paint schemes displaying characters from the Disney animated movie, The Lion King. The movie's title character, Simba, will accompany Elliott on the No. 9 Dodge Intrepid and Simba's life-long friends, Timon and Pumbaa, will ride with Mayfield's No. 19 Dodge Intrepid. The special paint scheme celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Dodge Caravan and the Oct. 7 DVD release of the highest-grossing animated film ever, The Lion King. When consumers buy the DVD they also receive a coupon for $500 toward the purchase of a Dodge Caravan.



This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 303rd career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and third career visit to Kansas Speedway. Mayfield has one top-10 finish in two starts at this racetrack. He earned his best start and finish in last year's race: 14th and ninth, respectively.


Mayfield's second-place finish two weeks ago at Dover marked his second top-five and eighth top-10 of 2003. The runner-up finish was the eighth of Mayfield's career and second in three races. Mayfield earned two top-fives and four top-10s in 36 races last season.


After suffering an early ending to last weekend's EA Sports 500 at Talladega, Mayfield loses two spots in the Winston Cup points race. He is only 17 points out of his former 22nd position and 85 points out of the top-20.


Mayfield started 14th in last year's Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. He quickly advanced into the 11th spot in the opening laps and worked to maintain that position throughout the race. During the race, Mayfield fluctuated throughout the top half of the field based on pit stop calls by various teams. The Dew Crew made minor adjustments to Mayfield's No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge and made a number of pit stop calls for tires. Midway through the 267-lap race, Mayfield sat in 17th place but continued to work through the field. On lap 164, Mayfield was back in the top-10. Mayfield took on four tires on his final pit stop and was the last car on the lead lap. An on-track incident with less than 10 laps to go sent the Dew Crew scrambling in the pits to repair Mayfield's No. 19 Dodge Intrepid so he could finish the race on the lead lap and in the top-10. The Dew Crew succeeded and Mayfield held on to finish in ninth place, the last car on the lead lap.


Jeremy Mayfield's day at Talladega began with a promising run to the front from the 22nd position in the very early laps. On lap 10, his run came to an unceremonious end when his left rear tire went down, sending him spinning on the track, making contact with several competitors. However, the Dew Crew refused to let that be the end of their day. Every member of the team, including the driver, made extensive repairs to the No. 19 Dodge, enabling Mayfield to return to the track in order to gain valuable positions. He finished in 38th place, a testament to the team's hard work.


Coming into this weekend's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, Mayfield has made 302 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 37 top-fives and 70 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 Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield