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Driver: Jeremy Mayfield Team Director: Kenny Francis Team Owner: Ray Evernham Chassis: No. 50 Car Info: Martinsville (DNF); '03 Richmond (2nd) JEREMY MAYFIELD ...

Driver:               Jeremy Mayfield

Team Director: Kenny Francis
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Chassis: No. 50
Car Info: Martinsville (DNF); '03 Richmond (2nd)

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

TWO-DAY TEST SESSION AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

"It went really good, probably one of the best tests we've had in a long time. I felt like we learned a lot. We've struggled a little bit on the flat tracks in the past, but now I feel like we've finally got the setup and the feel that I'm looking for on those racetracks. I think it will also help us at Indy and Phoenix. It should help us at a lot of places.

"We only got one day in. We were going to get two, but it turned out that we got everything we wanted to test and try all done in one day. I ran over 600 miles between two cars in one day. That's a good test.

"I hadn't tested there before; that's the good thing about it. I've never really tested on a flat track like that. I'm hoping that will take me over the hump, over the edge, and we'll have a real good run and hopefully, I'll have a shot at winning the thing."

STATS & FACTS

CAREER AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

* Mayfield has made 16 starts at New Hampshire International Speedway. He earned his best finish of eighth in the 2000 New England 300 (his sole top 10 at the track), and best start of third in the 2001 New England 300. He's led one race for 10 laps at NHIS.

A NEW LOOK FOR SUMMER

* The No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will continue to run its new paint scheme this weekend in New Hampshire. The new scheme will run through the August 28th race in Bristol in support of Dodge's Summer Sales Drive.

ADDING UP THE POINTS

* After running at Chicago, Mayfield moved to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points standings. He is 65 points out of the top 10, and 213 points out of fifth place.

* This is the highest Mayfield has ranked in the second-half of a NASCAR Cup season since holding the 10th spot after 18 races in 1999. The last time Mayfield ranked higher than 11th was following the 2003 Daytona 500 (eighth).

MAYFIELD BEGINS 2004 SEASON IN HIGH GEAR

* After 18 races, Mayfield's average finish (16.61) is more than six spots ahead of what it was at this point last year. Mayfield has also earned 385 more points, and ranks 16 positions higher in the points standings than he did heading into last year's New England 300.

DOVER POLE POSITION

* Mayfield earned his first pole position of 2004 and the eighth pole of his career this June at Dover. Mayfield lapped the speedway in 22.288 seconds, 161.522 mph. He broke Rusty Wallace's track-qualifying record of 22.505 seconds, 159.964 mph, set Sept. 24, 1999.

* The qualifying record was the second of three records set by Evernham Motorsports this season (Mayfield -- Dover, Kahne -- Las Vegas, Pocono).

RUNNING STRONG AT CHICAGO

* Mayfield finished a strong fifth after an unfortunate incident took out his Evernham teammate, Kasey Kahne, on lap 126. Mayfield started 19th after a qualifying lap of 29.247 sec, 184.634 mph. Kenny Francis called for a gas-only stop during the first caution on lap 19, which put Mayfield back on the track in the fourth spot. He moved to second two laps later and ran in the top three until a green-flag stop for four tires and fuel on lap 82 put him in the 33rd spot. He moved back through the field and was fifth by lap 150. Mayfield took the lead on lap 215 and lead for 26 before relinquishing the top spot 27 laps from the checkered flag. From there, he stayed in the top five the rest of the race. His efforts in Chicago enabled him to gain one position in the standing, up to 11th, placing him 65 points out of the top 10.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham