Talladega: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Jeremy Mayfield No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid HEADING INTO TALLADEGA "This Dew Crew has been working hard. Kenny (Francis, team director) and the guys have been great. We got a good finish in Daytona. Kenny made some real good calls,...

Jeremy Mayfield
No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid


"This Dew Crew has been working hard. Kenny (Francis, team director) and the guys have been great. We got a good finish in Daytona. Kenny made some real good calls, and we got a top-10 out of it. It's going to be tough. The DEI cars are certainly the ones to beat this weekend. There's a lot that can happen during the race though, and you need everything to go your way to have a good day in Talladega. Pit stops are going to be important, and you've got to work the draft. Everyone knows you can go from last to first or the other way around in no time."


"You obviously have to have a good aero package at Talladega. It's the usual stuff - you need to have a good handling racecar. I'm sure everyone will be talking about the deals that go on during the race, but we all know that you can make all the deals you want, and it doesn't necessarily matter. That's why you just need to worry about getting the job done yourself and the rest will take care of itself."


Jeremy Mayfield is scheduled to drive the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge that he drove at Daytona in February. Mayfield finished in a season-high eighth place.


* This weekend's race marks Mayfield's 281st career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and 18th career visit to Talladega Superspeedway. Mayfield has two poles, one top-five, one top-10 and has led six races for a total of 24 laps at the track. Mayfield made his fourth career Winston Cup Series start at Talladega in May of 1994 when he started 24th and retired early in the 37th spot after being collected in an accident.


* Mayfield earned his first career Bud Pole award at Talladega (DieHard 500 - 7/28/96), making him the 22nd different NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver to sit on the pole at the superspeedway and the first and only driver to earn his first career pole at the track. Mayfield earned his second pole position at the track (third overall) in April of 2000. He's one of only six active Winston Cup drivers who have earned more than one pole at the superspeedway. Talladega is the only racetrack that Mayfield has repeated as pole-winner.


* Mayfield led laps in both Talladega races in 2002. Of the six Talladega events that Mayfield has led laps in, he has assumed the lead spot in three spring races as well as three fall ones.


* Mayfield's run in the 2002 fall race at Talladega began with a move into the top-10 on lap five when he assumed the eighth spot. He fluctuated in the field with the constant shifting of the draft throughout the day. On lap 27 he earned five bonus points when by bringing his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge to the front of the field. The Dew Crew called for two tires during the green flag stops and made adjustments on the No. 19 Dodge including trackbar and wedge adjustments to help Mayfield on the track. He would come home right behind teammate Elliott in 20th place.


* Jeremy Mayfield started in 27th place in last Sunday's 500 Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas. He reported tight conditions with his No. 19 Dodge early on. Kenny Francis and the Dew Crew made adjustments in the early part of the race to keep Mayfield from losing track position. Mayfield lost a lap when his Dodge was out of the pit box during an early stop that put him a lap down. He lost another one when a caution on lap 222 cost much of the field a lap as several cars, including Mayfield's Dodge, had pitted several laps before under green flag conditions. Mayfield spent the rest of the race trying to get his laps back. He posted quick lap times in his No. 19 Dodge after several more adjustments by the Dew Crew and was able to maneuver back from 30th place to finish in 25th place. He remains in 29th place in the points standings, 10 points out of the next spot and 91 points out of 20th place.


* Coming into the 2003 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, Mayfield has made 280 starts, with six poles (two 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. His last pole came at the Pop Secret Popcorn 400 in Rockingham, N.C. in 2000.


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