Richmond II: Jeremy Mayfield preview

RACING AT RICHMOND "I like racing at Richmond. We've been pretty good there in the past. You really want to be hooked up. You can be in for a long night, otherwise. I think you're going to see the same things you've seen for most of the season.


"I like racing at Richmond. We've been pretty good there in the past. You really want to be hooked up. You can be in for a long night, otherwise. I think you're going to see the same things you've seen for most of the season. You've got to have good track position and like I said, a good handling car to get you to the end. I think you'll see some good racing going on. It's Saturday night under the lights and everyone likes that."


"I think that's great. How can you not think that? Anything that we do that improves safety is a good thing."


"We had a good weekend. The guys did a great job and we came out of there with another top-10. I was pretty beat after the race. We ran hard all day long and it's great to go into the record books as one of the top-10 cars at the last Labor Day Southern 500."


Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis No. 50, which is a new Evernham Motorsports chassis.



This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 299th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 20th career visit to Richmond Int'l Raceway. Mayfield has one top-five and four top-10 finishes at the racetrack.


Mayfield earned his best finish at Richmond by moving up 12 spots from his 17th place starting position to finish fifth in the spring race of 2002. Mayfield earned his best start at Richmond in the 1999 fall race when he started from the 14th position but finished 25th.


Jeremy Mayfield reported that his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge was handling loose in the opening laps of this year's spring race at Richmond. He pitted on lap 43 for service and came back in to add a spring rubber in order to correct the handling. Mayfield was forced to battle with lapped traffic and fought to maintain his position on the track throughout the race. The Dew Crew and Mayfield never gave up and on lap 232 he regained a lap and continued to fight for position until the rain came with seven laps to go. Mayfield sat in 25th position.


Mayfield capped an excellent weekend with a sixth-place finish that included strong qualifying and practice efforts in the Mountain Dew Southern 500 . Mayfield and the Dew Crew showed their hard work after Mayfield hit the wall during his qualifying run on Friday. The Dew Crew salvaged the No. 19 Mountain Dew Dodge and was able to prevent bringing out the backup car thus relegating Mayfield to the rear of the field. Instead Mayfield benefited from his strong 15th place qualifying run and was able to wheel the No. 19 Mountain Dew Dodge around a track that caused considerable headaches for several competitors. Cloud cover and worn tires created tight conditions for most of the competition during the course of the day, but Kenny Francis kept Mayfield from falling back in the field with smart calculations on the car's set up. He was a presence in the top 10 throughout much of the race. His charge to victory lane was stymied by lap traffic caused by several late cautions. Trouble on the front of the car during the closing pit stops didn't deter Mayfield either as he fought his way up through the top-running competitors to finish a hard-fought sixth place on a day when temperatures soared on the track.


After his sixth-place run last weekend at Darlington, Mayfield moved up one spot in the Winston Cup points race to 27th place, four points out of the next position and 19 points out of the top-25.


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 fall race at Richmond Int'l Raceway, Mayfield has made 298 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 68 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