Sears Point: Jeremy Mayfield preview

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES "Really over the last year we've done a 180. It's unbelievable the turnaround the team has made, and I credit Ray Evernham for that. He's our owner, and he's the one who's pulled everything together and kept us strong....

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

"Really over the last year we've done a 180. It's unbelievable the turnaround the team has made, and I credit Ray Evernham for that. He's our owner, and he's the one who's pulled everything together and kept us strong. He made it all happen. He put all the people in the right places, and you can see the results of it now. It's a lot different now. When I come to the track every week I know what to expect. I know we've got great Dodges. I know we're not going to be struggling with stuff that just wastes time. It took about a year to find what I like in a racecar. For a while, we just couldn't find it. Now that we've found it, we're going to hold on to it.

"We've got to charge each week. We've got to get up solid in the top 10, and we're not there yet. Even if we were, we'd still have to race hard each week because if you didn't it'd be real easy to fall out. We're going to race hard until the end, and hopefully we can win this thing. This is the first time in my career that I feel like I've got a real shot to win the championship. I'm going to do everything that's in my power to do it, and all I can say is everybody else better get up on the wheel every week because that's what I plan to do."

JEREMY MAYFIELD AT SONOMA

* Mayfield has made eight starts at Infineon Raceway, with two top 10s at the track. He started 31st and finished 10th in last year's visit to Sonoma. Mayfield's best finish at Infineon Raceway is seventh, earned in the 1999 Save Mart/Kragen 350, starting from the 34th starting position. Mayfield earned his best start of fifth in the 1998 Save Mart/Kragen 350.

MAYFIELD BEGINS 2004 SEASON IN HIGH GEAR

* After 15 races, Mayfield's average finish (16.13) is more than nine spots ahead of what it was at this point last year. Mayfield has also earned 465 more points, and ranks 17 positions higher in the points standings than he did heading into last year's race at Sonoma.

ADDING UP THE POINTS

* After running at Michigan, Mayfield moves to 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points standings. He is 69 points out of the top 10, and 167 points out of fifth place.

DOVER POLE POSITION

* Mayfield earned his first pole position of 2004 and the eighth pole of his career earlier this month at Dover. Mayfield lapped the speedway in 22.288 seconds, 161.522 mph. He broke Rusty Wallace's track-qualifying record of 22.505 seconds, 159.964 mph, set Sept. 24, 1999.

* The qualifying record was the second of three records set by Evernham Motorsports this season (Kahne -- Las Vegas, Mayfield -- Dover, Kahne -- Pocono.)

LAST WEEKEND AT MICHIGAN

* Mayfield, just off a second-place finish at Pocono, came into Michigan with high confidence. He started eighth, and quickly worked his way through the field to run in the fifth position by lap 20. He reported that his Dodge had slight handling problems, and the Dew Crew made changes over a series of pit stops during the first 100 laps. Mayfield ran in the top 10 for most of the first 100 laps, but his handling problems worsened over the long green runs typical at Michigan International Speedway. However, Mayfield and the Dew Crew did not give up. They continued to make changes to the car on each pit stop to improve the handling. While Mayfield never had an opportunity to return to the top five, his perseverance paid off with a top-20 finish and more points toward the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup Championship.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Ray Evernham