Loudon II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid NEW HAMPSHIRE "I'm looking forward to going to New Hampshire. This team is fired up. That's two weeks in a row where I feel like we've had a shot to win. It's just disappointing. We were...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid

NEW HAMPSHIRE

"I'm looking forward to going to New Hampshire. This team is fired up. That's two weeks in a row where I feel like we've had a shot to win. It's just disappointing. We were so close Saturday night. I just couldn't get to Ryan in time. Who knows what would have happened if we had one more lap. Second place isn't bad.

It's just not a win, and that's what we want. These guys deserve it. They've worked so hard and we've come a long way together. We just have to stay focused on what we've been doing and keep doing it. We're so close. I know we can get it done."

KENNY FRANCIS - TEAM DIRECTOR

"I am really proud of the guys and of Jeremy. Second place at Richmond was a good finish for us, but we are looking for more. The team has worked really hard to build the best cars we can, and we have run well for the past month or so. We've worked hard on our bodies, setups, engines, and Jeremy has done his part too. I feel like that is two weeks in a row we have been fast enough to contend for the win. If we had restarted a lap or two earlier who knows what might have happened. Hopefully this shows what we are capable of."

RACE NOTES

* Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 50, which he raced for this first time last weekend and brought home to a season-high second-place finish at Richmond.

* Mayfield will make his 300th career NASCAR Winston Cup Series start this weekend at New Hampshire. He has three wins, seven poles, 36 top-fives, 69 top-10s, and has earned more than $15 million in earnings. He made his first career start at Charlotte in Oct. of 1993. Mayfield's first start at New Hampshire was this ninth of his career - he started 37th and finished 26th.

STATS & FACTS

CAREER AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 300th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 16th career visit to New Hampshire International Speedway. He has one top-10 finish, and has led one race for a total of 10 laps at New Hampshire.

ALMOST !!

* Mayfield's second-place finish last weekend at Richmond marked his first top-five and seventh top-10 of 2003. The runner-up finish was the seventh of Mayfield's career and first since his third race as driver of the No. 19 Dodge, when he finished second at Las Vegas in March of '02.

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGHS

* Mayfield's best finish at New Hampshire Int'l Speedway is eighth place, which he earned in the 2000 New England 300, starting from the 16th position. Mayfield's best start at the track is third, which he earned in the 2001 New England 300.

MOST RECENT RUN AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

* A rainy New England 300 weekend kept Mayfield from getting much of a chance to show that his Dodge could handle the track conditions in New Hampshire this July. He started in 25th place due to rain, and was battling tight conditions with his Dodge in Sunday's event. Mayfield radioed in that he thought his tire was rubbing after contact from another car pushed in the left front fender of his Dodge. The contact cut his tire, causing significant damage to the car. The Dew Crew spent the ensuing laps attempting to repair the car, but Mayfield was forced to pit several times throughout the day because of the damage. He finished the day in 34th place.

LAST WEEKEND

* Mayfield capped an exciting evening with a second-place finish last Sunday at Richmond. He nearly caught the eventual winner in the closing lap but needed just a few more corners to complete the pass. The collective team effort, including pit strategy from Kenny Francis and good work in the pits by the Dew Crew, culminated in the team's best performance of the season. Mayfield wasted little time moving up from his 23rd place starting position and had Francis make just a few minor tweaks to the set up before they eventually got it "wicked fast." The team spent most of the race adjusting their pit strategy according the numerous caution flags. Mayfield's Dodge was so dialed in that he wasted little time with lapped traffic and was able to maneuver through the field with ease. Just past the midway point, Mayfield cracked the top-10. He remained there comfortably, riding out the caution flags, looking for long green runs to show the capabilities of his No. 19 Dodge. Mayfield got his chance despite some late race cautions. Mishaps by other competitors set up a two-car shootout with less than four laps to go. With one lap to go, Mayfield was nipping at the fenders of the No. 12 Dodge. He nearly got under him but ran out of track as the two battled to the checkered flag. It was Mayfield's first top-five of the season and seventh top-10 of the season.

POINTS RACE

* Following his runner-up finish at Richmond, Mayfield moves up three positions in the Winston Cup points standings to 24th place. He is just 164 points out of the top 20.

TALLADEGA POLE POSITION

* 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).

WINSTON CUP CAREER RECORD

* Coming into this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Int'l Speedway, Mayfield has made 299 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 36 top-fives and 69 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 , Sterling Marlin