Martinsville: Jeremy Mayfield preview

No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Race Facts Driver: Jeremy Mayfield Team Director: Kenny Francis Team Owner: Ray Evernham CHASSIS INFO: Chassis No. 50 -- finished second at Richmond last fall. Most recently ran at Phoenix in '03 and...

No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Race Facts
Driver: Jeremy Mayfield
Team Director: Kenny Francis
Team Owner: Ray Evernham

CHASSIS INFO: Chassis No. 50 -- finished second at Richmond last fall. Most recently ran at Phoenix in '03 and tested at Martinsville this year.

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

ON MARTINSVILLE

"Martinsville is a pretty cool track. It's a tough place to race, probably the toughest track we go to. But, we tested there and had a really good test. It's going to be pretty aggressive out there. The pressure is high, and it is so competitive. When you add the 26-race run to the championship shootout, everyone is fighting for points and positions. It doesn't take much to set folks off."

COMING INTO MARTINSVILLE AFTER OFF-WEEKEND

"You have to go into Martinsville knowing that anything can happen. You want to keep it all together throughout the race so you're running in the top 10 at the end and have a chance to win. We stayed home and hung out on the off weekend, and it was great to have some time off. Now, we are rested up and ready to go."

STATS & FACTS

CAREER AT MARTINSVILLE

* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 317th career start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and 18th 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'S MARTINSVILLE BESTS

* 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.

LAST WEEKEND...

* Last Sunday at Texas, Mayfield started in the rear of the field after the team switched engines after the weekend's first practice due to an oil leak. In turn, the No. 19 Dew Crew had time to tune Mayfield's backup engine to run among the fastest cars on the racetrack before Sunday. A promising day for Mayfield was spoiled when he was caught up in an accident during a restart on lap 284. The No. 22 car spun up into the frontstretch wall from the bottom groove as cars jockeyed for position seconds after the green flag lifted from a previous caution. Pinned in by traffic, Mayfield had no where to go when the right side of the No. 22 car slid directly in front of him causing the two cars to collide. Mayfield finished 34th on the day.

ADDING UP THE POINTS

* Mayfield moved to 12th place in the NASCAR Nextel Series point standings after Texas. He is just nine points out of the top 10, and 117 points out of fifth place.

NO. 19 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE

The Dew Crew

The No. 19 Dew Crew energy and speed keeps Jeremy Mayfield ahead of the competition. They are credited with helping Jeremy bring home two second-place and two third-place finishes in the final 11 races and his climb to 19th in the points in 2003.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Ray Evernham