Sears Point: Jeremy Mayfield preview

ROAD COURSE RACING "I don't really look forward to the road course races as much. I think it's just the fact that I don't have a lot of experience on them. It's not that I don't like them as much as they're not my best tracks. Although, I...

ROAD COURSE RACING

"I don't really look forward to the road course races as much. I think it's just the fact that I don't have a lot of experience on them. It's not that I don't like them as much as they're not my best tracks. Although, I haven't done too terrible there in the past. It's one of those tracks where I'm already preparing mentally for the race. Just going over things in my mind, what I need to do. I'm going into the shop to talk to the guys about shifting points and things like that. We tested last week at a road course and we felt pretty good with what we did. We'll just have to wait and see once we get out there."

SCHEDULE CHANGE-RACING AT CALIFORNIA

"Darlington has always been a tradition with the Southern 500. We'll still be running it. It's just that it's not at the usual time on the schedule. I obviously like California and have had some success there and I like Darlington too. I'm glad we're racing at both places twice. I think it will be good for the sport to go to that market for a second time. It's always a popular race and the fans pack it in there so it makes sense to go back to places like that."

RACE NOTES

Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive chassis #26, which he raced last year at Infineon and Watkins Glen. Mayfield's highest finish was 15th at Watkins Glen.

Mayfield tested last week at Carolina Motorsports Park in preparation for this weekend's event.

CAREER AT SONOMA

This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 289th career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and seventh career visit to Infineon Raceway. Mayfield has one top-10 finish at the racetrack.

SONOMA HIGHS

Mayfield's best finish at Infineon Raceway is seventh place, which he earned in the 1999 Save Mart/Kragen 350, starting from the 34th starting position. Mayfield's best start was from the fifth position in the 1998 Save Mart/Kragen 350.

MOST RECENT RUN AT SONOMA

Jeremy Mayfield started last year's Dodge/Save Mart 350 from the 42nd starting spot in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge after the Dew Crew changed engines following Saturday's final practice. He worked his way steadily through traffic and midway through the race, he had moved up to the 22nd spot. Mayfield opted to stay out with his teammate during the final caution and found himself in the fifth spot. The gamble on fuel nearly paid off with a top-10 finish. Mayfield, however, was forced to bring his No. 19 Dodge Intrepid into the pits on the final lap for fuel. He ended the day in 28th place.

LAST WEEKEND

Last weekend's 400-mile race at Michigan Int'l Speedway was the second top-15 finish of the season for the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. Mayfield started from the 20th spot and reported few problems with his No. 19 Dodge throughout the day. He did report slightly tight conditions at various times on the racetrack but Kenny Francis and the rest of the Dew Crew were able to make minor adjustments throughout the race to make Mayfield comfortable in his Dodge. On lap 119, he pitted for four tires and 30 laps later at the midway point, he was still occupying a top-10 spot. In the closing laps, Mayfield pitted at various times with the rest of the leaders and was able to maintain his ground. With less than 10 laps to go, the team decided not to pit under caution for tires, opting for track position. The gamble cost Mayfield a few spots as the fresher tires caught up with him in the closing laps. He finished 13th and gained three spots in the Winston Cup points race. He is currently 29th, 137 points out of 25th place.

TALLADEGA POLE POSITION

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).

WINSTON CUP CAREER RECORD

Coming into the 2003 Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, Mayfield has made 288 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 63 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