Pocono: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield quotes "I've always liked going to Pocono. I just like racing there. My confidence goes up every time I go through the gate. We've had some good luck there, but we've also had some bad. We're either really, really good or...

Jeremy Mayfield quotes

"I've always liked going to Pocono. I just like racing there. My confidence goes up every time I go through the gate. We've had some good luck there, but we've also had some bad. We're either really, really good or really, really bad."

"We're running a new car there this weekend with the new Evernham chassis. It's the first time we've run the chassis. They've done a lot of testing on it, and Kasey ran it in the All-Star race and Bill has run it several times. It looks great and it's the product of a lot of great ideas. There's a lot of engineering behind it. The benefit of doing the chassis program in house is that you can build things the way you want them. You can make the cars really consistent. The guys at the shop have done a great job of this -- every Dodge I get in feels the same and drives the same. Having an in-house chassis program takes this team to the next level up."

"At this point in the season, we're racing like there's no tomorrow. We're running hard every week. I think Dover is a good example -- we got wrecked and still came home eighth. We are focused on being in the deal come September, but we aren't points racing. When you sit back and go points racing, you're likely to get in more trouble than if you went out and raced hard. So, we're going all out."

STATS & FACTS

Mayfield has made 19 starts at Pocono with two wins, three top-fives and seven top-10s at the track. He has led five races for 182 laps.

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.

FIRST CAREER WIN

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. Jeremy Mayfield is the only driver to score his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory at Pocono Raceway.

MAYFIELD BEGINS 2004 SEASON IN HIGH GEAR

After 13 races, Mayfield's average start is 15.38 and his average finish of 17th of is 27 spots ahead of what it was at this point last year. Mayfield has also earned 1,497 points after 13 in 2004 and ranks 18 positions higher in the points standings than he did heading into the 2003 Pocono 500.

ADDING UP THE POINTS

Mayfield is now 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points standings after Dover. He is 100 points out of the top 10, and 466 points out of first place.

LAST WEEKEND AT DOVER

Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, claimed the pole for the event with a track record setting lap of 22.288 seconds at 161.522 mph. It was the first time a driver had exceeded the 160 mph barrier at the track and Mayfield's first pole of the season. Mayfield led the field four times for a total of 78 laps. Unfortunately, He was in the lead when the "big one" hit -- a field-clearing incident that claimed 19 cars, including his. Mayfield returned to the pits under the red flag for repairs, but his hopes of bringing home the win were as crumpled as his fender. Mayfield and the Dew Crew did make a valiant effort to still bring home a decent finish for the day, and Mayfield was able to nurse his damaged Dodge enough to finish eighth.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Jeremy Mayfield