Texas: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Mayfield Motorsports Ready for 500 Miles of Racing at Texas Motor Speedway; Team Hopes for Strong Run in All Sport's Hometown Event CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 1, 2009) -- On the heels of qualifying for his third race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup...

Mayfield Motorsports Ready for 500 Miles of Racing at Texas Motor Speedway; Team Hopes for Strong Run in All Sport's Hometown Event

CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 1, 2009) -- On the heels of qualifying for his third race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Jeremy Mayfield leads his namesake team to Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend's Samsung 500. Mayfield will pilot the No. 41 All Sport Toyota Camry in Sunday's 334-lap event.

"I have always really liked going to Texas," said Mayfield. "The key to getting around this track is having good horsepower at the bottom end because the corners are so tight. We'll be reaching speeds of 198 to 200 mph, so you really have to be able to pull up out of the corner and get to 200 as quick as you can."

Mayfield heads to Texas with high hopes for success at the 1.5-mile quad-oval superspeedway and with the support of Crew Chief Tony Furr. Furr has once again put in some serious overtime in preparation for this weekend's event.

"We worked on this car quite a bit over the last few weeks," explained Furr. "We got some more weight in it and we spent a couple days on the pull down rig trying to get the car good and ready before we even unload at the track."

The team brings chassis number 47 to Texas. It was the same car Mayfield raced at Auto Club Speedway and used when attempting the races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"You can compare a lot of your Texas notes to Vegas with the exception of the corners," said Furr. "Texas is just a little bit tighter in the corners. At Vegas, we felt like we were top-15 car heading into qualifying and during our attempt the car bottomed out. Otherwise I think it's safe to say we would have been racing at Vegas and that information helps us feel a bit more positive heading into this weekend."

In 13 previous Cup starts at the Great American Speedway, Mayfield's best finish is a fifth place effort. In total, he has two top-ten finishes at Texas and a pole award from April of 1998.

-credit: mm

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Series NASCAR Cup
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