Martinsville II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES "Being ranked first in laps completed was great through the first 26 races. Consistency with only one DNF was instrumental in the No. 19 Dodge team making the Chase for the second consecutive year. It's a different game...

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

"Being ranked first in laps completed was great through the first 26 races. Consistency with only one DNF was instrumental in the No. 19 Dodge team making the Chase for the second consecutive year. It's a different game once the Chase starts. We've finished all five Chase races on the lead lap. That doesn't always ensure a top-five or top-10 finish.

"We're not in the position we would like to be in for these next five races for the championship. But we're in much better shape this year than last year heading to Martinsville. We finished sixth in the fall event last year and had a pretty good run in the first race there this year. There are only five races to go. It's time to make our move. We gained some points last week at Charlotte. We need to clean the table at Martinsville and get every point we can. That means finishing all 500 laps, but it also means going for the win. Time is running out. The championship is still up for grabs."

STATS & FACTS

MAYFIELD AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY This weekend will mark Mayfield's 21st start at Martinsville. He has earned one top five, five top 10s and 68 laps led around the half-mile track.

He earned his top start of third this spring and he finished sixth in this race one year ago and 15th this spring.

HALF WAY THERE--FIVE DOWN--FIVE TO GO Mayfield is eighth in the Chase for the Championship standings, just 64 points out of fifth. He's 115 points behind the leader.

In the span of 25 races this year, Mayfield climbed from a low ranking of 26th after Las Vegas to a career-high Chase ranking of seventh after Dover.

BETTER THAN AVERAGE Mayfield is tied for the third-best average finish (14th) among drivers who have completed all 31 races this season.

The No. 19 Dodge has earned an average start of 15th for the 2005 season. Of the drivers who have competed in all 31 races this year, Mayfield is ranked seventh, in a three-way tie with teammate Kasey Kahne and veteran driver Mark Martin.

MAYFIELD RANKS FIRST Mayfield's 99.4% laps completed percentage ranks first among drivers who have competed in every race this year. Mayfield has finished 24 of 31 races on the lead lap, and he has only one DNF in 2005.

2005 CAREER BESTS Mayfield marked up his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup victory at the two-mile Michigan Int'l Speedway in August.

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.

MAYFIELD WINS AT MICHIGAN!!! Mayfield scored his fifth career NASCAR Nextel Cup victory in his 368th career start in the 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 have 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.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Kasey Kahne , Mark Martin