Phoenix II: Mayfield Friday morning quotes

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "We're excited. We feel like we've got good cars and good equipment, and we're counting on a good run here. We're going to sit down at the end of the year and look at things. It seems like...

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"We're excited. We feel like we've got good cars and good equipment, and we're counting on a good run here. We're going to sit down at the end of the year and look at things. It seems like we know how to get in The Chase. We're not doing anything different, but it seems like we just have bad luck once we make The Chase.

"We had bad luck last year, and we've had bad luck this year. We cut a right front tire at Martinsville and it killed us. Then we broke a flywheel, stuff that never happened. We're going to have to get better, but how do you get better at not cutting tires down. We'll have to look at it hard and see what we can do.

"We try hard every week. Sometimes it looks like you're trying harder than you really are, but that's not the case. Every time we come in for a pit stop the guys give 100 percent and do the best they can. When you've a good car it looks like you're driving the wheels off of it. When you don't have a good car, it looks like you're not. It's the same with the pits. If you don't have a good car, it doesn't matter what you do in the pits. We're trying to get the car's balance and chemistry going. We'll get it. It's just a matter of time.

"We're doing all we can do. If Tony Stewart had cut a tire at Martinsville or broke a flywheel, where would he be? That's the way I look at it. We've got a strong foundation under us, and we'll keep going what we're doing and things will come around.

"We can pass here. You'll see two-wide and three-wide racing a lot. This is one track where you can pass. It's not like some of the other tracks where you just can't pass no matter what. We'll try to get a couple of good runs under our belts here and at Homestead next week and work hard over the winter to get ready for next season."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart