Michigan: Jeremy Mayfield preview

TEAM MOMENTUM "We definitely have some momentum going into this weekend. Kenny (Francis, team director), Josh (Browne, engineer) and all the guys have been working hard and it paid off last weekend. I can't say enough about the guys. We never...


"We definitely have some momentum going into this weekend. Kenny (Francis, team director), Josh (Browne, engineer) and all the guys have been working hard and it paid off last weekend. I can't say enough about the guys. We never gave up and were able to be there when it counted. That's part of it, just being around at the end and we were able to get a top-15 out of it at Pocono. It can't help but be a good thing going into Michigan which is obviously a big race for us because of Dodge and all of the Dodge dealers."


"Michigan can be a fun racetrack, especially if you have a good handling car. You run wide open there so horsepower is important. It can be a lot like California and I obviously have run well at that track. If you have your package just right, you can have a good day at Michigan, which is what we're looking for, especially after last weekend, for this Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge."


Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis #6, which he raced at Darlington and the Winston Open this year. Mayfield also ran this chassis last year at Kansas, Louden and Charlotte last year. The car's best finish is ninth at Kansas.


This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 288th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 18th career visit to Michigan Int'l Speedway. Mayfield has two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes at the racetrack, and has led three Michigan races for a total of 88 laps.


Mayfield's best finish at Michigan Int'l Speedway is fourth place, which he earned in the 2001 Kmart 400, starting from the ninth starting position. Mayfield's best start was from the fifth position in the 1999 Pepsi 400.


Jeremy Mayfield started last fall's Michigan 400 from the seventh starting spot in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. The first half of the race was spent improving the handling of the car using air pressure and wedge adjustments. Mayfield fluctuated throughout the field during this time. He eventually finished the day in 16th place.


Last weekend's 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway got off to a slow start for the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. After starting 33rd, Mayfield spent most of the day in the back of the pack making adjustments on his Dodge to correct for varying conditions throughout the day, particularly for loose handling and balance of the car. The combination of pit strategy and good work in the pits helped Mayfield improve throughout the day.

A gamble late in the race almost paid off, as Mayfield was running in the top three with less than 20 laps to go. As the rest of the field pitted for what was thought to be the final time, Mayfield stayed out and captured the third position. However, due to lack of fuel, Mayfield was forced to pit just one lap before a caution came out for the No. 97 car. Mayfield finished the race in 15th place. He moved up one position in the Winston Cup standings to 32nd place, 173 points out of 25th place.


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


Coming into the 2003 Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan Int'l Speedway, Mayfield has made 287 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 the Aaron's 499 at Talladega on April 6th.

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