Martinsville: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid TALLADEGA POLE POSITION "Last weekend was great. We were able to show the real potential of this team, and it felt good to get that pole for Kenny (Francis, team director) and all of the...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid


"Last weekend was great. We were able to show the real potential of this team, and it felt good to get that pole for Kenny (Francis, team director) and all of the guys who have been working so hard to put us up front each weekend. They all deserve it. Unfortunately, someone got into us towards the end of the race, and that really hurt us in the end. It's a shame that we couldn't escape with out getting banged up, but the Dew Crew gave a huge effort to keep us in the race and get out with a decent finish.


"It's not too often that you get an off weekend during the season, so I always look forward to just hanging out with Shana (wife) and working around the house. It's nice to get away from everything for a little while and do little things like that to relax. It's one of those deals where I don't really have anything big planned, and that's why I'm looking forward to it so much."


This weekend Jeremy Mayfield will be driving chassis No. 19, which he ran in both Martinsville and Darlington races in 2002. Mayfield has top finishes of 11th (Martinsville - A), 10th (Richmond - B), and fifth (Richmond - A) in this chassis.


* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 282nd career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 16th career visit to Martinsville Speedway. Mayfield has one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the track. He has finished seventh at Martinsville three times (spring races of '97, '98 and 2000).


* Mayfield earned his seventh career pole position, and his first for Evernham Motorsports, in last weekend'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 10/22/2000 Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway. All seven of Mayfield's Bud Poles have been earned on superspeedways (Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas).


* Mayfield's best finish at Martinsville came in April of 1996 when he moved up from a 16th place start to finish fourth. The finish was a career-high for Mayfield, coming in his third start at Martinsville, and was the second top-five finish of his career (he had finished fifth at Atlanta six weeks earlier). Mayfield earned his best start at Martinsville in April of 2001, starting sixth.


* In the 2002 fall race at Martinsville, Mayfield started the day in 24th place. He spent the first half of the race making adjustments on his No. 19 Dodge Intrepid. The Dew Crew relied on four tire stops throughout the day as Mayfield fluctuated through the field. On lap 300 he sat in 18th place. He spent the rest of the race cycling through the various pit stop calls by other teams and maneuvering through lap traffic. He finished the day in 28th place.


* After earning his seventh career pole position last weekend at Talladega, Mayfield maintained the top spot until the "big one" collected 27 cars on lap four. The amount of debris on the track sent Mayfield into the pits on lap eight to change four tires. Twenty-six of the 43 cars in the field restarted the race once the track was cleared from the wreck. Mayfield sat in the 16th spot. He restarted 12th after a caution for debris on lap 36, and by lap 48, he was in the lead once again. Mayfield worked his Dodge in the draft for more than 30 laps until the No. 15 car spun into him, forcing Mayfield into the pits several times to repair the damage to the driver's side, including the left front fender. The Dew Crew was able to keep Mayfield competitive, losing only one lap in the attempt to repair the damage. He finished 18th after earning his first pole position for Evernham Motorsports. He maintains his position in the Winston Cup points standings (29th) and sits eight points out of the next spot and only 53 points out of the 20th spot.


* Coming into the 2003 Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Mayfield has made 281 starts, with seven poles (three at Talladega and one at Darlington, Dover, Rockingham, and Texas), three wins (two at Pocono, and one at California), 35 top-fives and 63 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 Talladega in last weekend's Aaron's 499.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield , Sterling Marlin