Pocono II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield Quotes WHAT'S YOUR SECRET AT POCONO? "I'm not sure. I get asked that question a lot. It's a place I like, and other than the last race there I had two or three bad races before that. I thought maybe I didn't have the edge I...

Jeremy Mayfield Quotes

WHAT'S YOUR SECRET AT POCONO?

"I'm not sure. I get asked that question a lot. It's a place I like, and other than the last race there I had two or three bad races before that. I thought maybe I didn't have the edge I had in the past, but we've found that again. We finished second the last time there, and I'm excited about getting back this time. It's a place I love going to. I love the racetrack. I have a lot of confidence going in there, and I think my team has a lot of confidence going in there also. That's what it's all about these days, having confidence in each other and feeling good about what you're doing."

IS THE JULY RACE AT POCONO DIFFERENT THAN THE JUNE RACE?

"Yeah it's a little different. The track changes after we've raced on it one time. I guess we come back and it sits a month and gets even worse. It requires a different setup. A lot of guys run well and come back with the same setup they had, and the guys who didn't run well go to work and they'll beat you when we come back. So, you've got to really be up on your toes. A lot of people learned a lot in the first one, and if you don't do something different than you did in the first one you'll get beat. We've got that in mind, and we're going to try some things. Hopefully we'll be in good shape."

STATS & FACTS

JEREMY MAYFIELD AT POCONO

* Mayfield has made 20 starts at Pocono with two wins, four top-fives and eight top-10s at the track. He has led six races for 187 laps, including the Pocono 500 earlier this season, where he finished second after qualifying in the seventh position.

WINNING WAYS AT POCONO

* Mayfield is one of only eight active drivers to have notched two victories at Pocono Speedway -- 1998(a) and 2000(a). Mayfield started his 1998 win from a career-high third place starting position at Pocono. He started 22nd in his 2000 victory, marking the third farthest back that any race-winner has ever started at Pocono.

* Mayfield earned his first career NASCAR Winston Cup victory at Pocono on June 1, 1998, by passing Darrell Waltrip for the lead with 20 laps to go in the race. Mayfield's 132 laps led were the most of any driver on the day. Mayfield earned the victory on his 125th career start.

THE CHASE IS ON!

* Mayfield remains11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points standings after notching a top-10 finish at New Hampshire. He is 106 points out of the series top 10, and 239 points out of fifth place.

MAYFIELD BEGINS 2004 SEASON IN HIGH GEAR

* After 19 races, Mayfield's average finish (16.26) is 7 spots ahead of what it was at this point last year. Mayfield has also earned 458 more points, and ranks 16 positions higher in the points standings than he did heading into the 2003 Pennsylvania 500.

* This is the highest Mayfield has ranked in the second-half of a NASCAR Cup season since holding the 10th spot after 19 races in 1999. The last time Mayfield ranked higher than 11th was following the 2003 Daytona 500.

LAST WEEKEND AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

* Mayfield and the No. 19 Dodge team, which logged some 600 miles on the 1.058-mile track during a test session prior to the event, were impressive throughout the weekend. Mayfield's Dodge was fast in practice, qualified seventh and was in the top 10 throughout the first half of the race. Kenny Francis elected to pit during the fourth caution on lap 175 while many of the teams elected to stay out, including Kahne. Mayfield restarted 14th, the farthest back in the field he would run during the race. He pitted again with the leaders on lap 213, but had worked his way back to 10th by lap 240. He held the spot to record his second consecutive and seventh top-10 finish of the season. Mayfield is 11th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point chase. He is 106 points out of 10th place.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Jeremy Mayfield