Loudon II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES "It's great to be back in the Chase for the Championship. We won't have any different strategy for the ten races. We'll go to each event looking to take our Dodge Charger to victory lane. If that isn't possible, then we...

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

"It's great to be back in the Chase for the Championship. We won't have any different strategy for the ten races. We'll go to each event looking to take our Dodge Charger to victory lane. If that isn't possible, then we want to take every position we can. We don't want to leave anything on the table. Slugger (Labbe, crew chief) is aggressive. He races to win. He's been a great addition to our team this year. Kenny (Francis, team director) is the same way. They're willing to make gutsy calls. They work well together. That's why we're in the Chase.

"Last year, we were caught up in a wreck in the first Chase race at New Hampshire. The next week, we had a great run only to get caught in a wreck. We were backed against the wall almost from the start. We had a competitive car at each event. We just didn't get an opportunity to show it.

"I'm really proud of my guys. They've given me good stuff all year. We just keep getting better and better. My guys don't get the credit and respect they deserve, but that's fine. Underrated is underrated."

STATS & FACTS

MAYFIELD AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

This weekend will mark Mayfield's 20th career start at New Hampshire International Speedway. He has earned two top 10 finishes at the track -- most recently, spring of 2004 when he finished 10th.

Mayfield earned his best New Hampshire finish of eighth in the spring race of 2000. He notched his best qualifying effort at NHIS when he placed third in the 2001 spring race. He has led one race for 10 laps at NHIS.

MAYFIELD MAKES THE CHASE AT RICHMOND Mayfield's sixth place finish at Richmond last weekend secured his place in the NASCAR Nextel Chase for the Cup.

He raced his black Dodge Charger within the top 10 for the majority of the night, leading once for 17 laps.

Mayfield has never ranked higher than sixth after 26 races in a Cup season. The last time he ranked this high so late into a season was in 1998, when he alternated between sixth and seventh in the standings throughout the final 14 races of the season. He finished the season a career-high seventh-place ranking.

Mayfield has climbed from a low rank of 26th after Las Vegas to a season-high seventh-place ranking.

"BACK IN BLACK"

Mayfield debuted the black Charger at Richmond last weekend, with a top 10 finish, Mayfield will be "Back in Black" at New Hampshire Int'l Speedway.

MAYFIELD RANKS FIRST

Leaving nothing on the table, Mayfield is ranked first on the Nextel Cup circuit in laps completed (99.3%) among drivers who have competed in every race this year. Mayfield has finished 19 of 26 races on the lead lap, and he has only one DNF in 2005.

HOMETOWN RACING

No. 19 Dew Crew team member, Jim Lynaugh from Enfield, NH will hand the second can of fuel over the wall for the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger at his hometown racetrack this weekend.

MAYFIELD WINS AT MICHIGAN!!!

Mayfield scored his fifth career NASCAR Nextel Cup victory in his 368th career start in GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The victory was Mayfield's second win at Evernham Motorsports, and his first career win at Michigan.

The win marked the first time in team history that two Evernham Motorsports teammates had each won a Nextel Cup race in the same season.

The win was also the first Dodge Charger victory at MIS since Richard Petty drove to the checkered flag in August, 1975.

2005 CAREER BESTS

Mayfield marked up his fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory at the two-mile Michigan Int'l Speedway.Mayfield's fourth place finish at Indianapolis was a career-high finish at the historic track. Mayfield also notched a career-best finish at Talladega when he finished fourth there in April, and he tied his career-best seventh place finish at Infineon Raceway in June.

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