Martinsville II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES On how he has handled the "Chase" pressure... "You've got to find a balance of how you handle things, the people, the media, the fans. I feel like in the last couple of years I've been able to deal with that better than...

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

On how he has handled the "Chase" pressure...

"You've got to find a balance of how you handle things, the people, the media, the fans. I feel like in the last couple of years I've been able to deal with that better than I ever have. Some guys do, and some guys don't. Sometimes you get in a situation where it just overwhelms you. The day-to-day grind you go through in this sport is tough, but I want to race until I'm 45. That's my goal -- or even more. I love what I do. I really enjoy it now, now more than I ever did. When you're with a great organization and a great team like we've got, it's certainly enjoyable to be a part of that. Rusty and Mark and these guys have been here a long time, and it can get mentally tough -- physically and mentally."

STATS & FACTS

MAYFIELD'S CAREER AT MARTINSVILLE

* Mayfield has made 18 starts at Martinsville with one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the track. He earned his best start of sixth in spring of 2001 and his best finish of fourth in spring of 1996.

* Mayfield started 10th and finished 36th in this year's spring race at Martinsville.

THE CHASE IS ON

*         After racing at Kansas, Mayfield ranks 10th with five races
remaining in the 2004 Chase for the Nextel Cup.  He is 78 points out of
ninth and 122 out of eighth.  He is 163 points out of the fifth spot.

WHAT A TURNAROUND

* Mayfield is one NASCAR's most improved Cup drivers after 31 races this year. His current ranking of 10th is 10 spots improved compared to his ranking at this point in the 2003 season

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