BUSCH: Las Vegas: Jeremy Mayfield preview

Viva Las Vegas -- Jeremy Mayfield and his Miller High Life Light team head to the west coast for their first race together since Daytona in the High Life Light car. The team couldn't participate in the Vegas test due to Mayfield's scheduling ...

Viva Las Vegas -- Jeremy Mayfield and his Miller High Life Light team head to the west coast for their first race together since Daytona in the High Life Light car. The team couldn't participate in the Vegas test due to Mayfield's scheduling conflict with his Cup program; but they were able to test in Nashville a few weeks before gaining valuable knowledge about tire wear, learning to work together as a team and valance issues.

Bainbridge Takes Driver's Knowledge With Him to Vegas -- Twenty-four year old crew chief, Blake Bainbridge will work with his third driver of the season this weekend in Las Vegas. After a seventh place finish in California with driver, Jamie McMurray and a sixth place finish in last weekend's inaugural Mexico event with car owner, Rusty Wallace; the Alabama native will try to put Cup Series veteran Jeremy Mayfield in victory lane for this weekend's Sam's Town 300. This will be the second time that Bainbridge has worked with Mayfield and he's hoping his knowledge as a driver from his Craftsman Truck Series days will help lead RWI Racing, Inc. to their first victory in '05.

Chasing the Championship -- The RWI Racing, Inc No. 64 will make a run at the 2005 Owner's Championship for the first time since their inception in 2004. The team will try to covet the owner's trophy with four different drivers throughout the 35-race schedule. After a sixth place finish this past weekend in Mexico; the team sits 37 points out of third and 119 points out of first place. Only one other time in the history of the NBS has the driver/owner championship been won by two different teams; the RCR organization did it with drivers Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter in 2003.

Chasis No. 408 -- Blake Bainbridge and his MHLL team will take a brand new Robinson chassis to the track this weekend in Vegas. The team tested this car at Nashville in January with driver, Jeremy Mayfield but this car has never been raced before. Although there is no significance between the two tracks; Bainbridge saw the Nashville test as an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about his new driver. Mayfield has tested his Cup car there several times; therefore his familiarity with the track helped the team with notes to take back for their race there in two weeks with driver, Jamie McMurray.

Quotes:

Mayfield on his Nashville test with new crew chief, Blake Bainbridge--

"We learned a lot at our Nashville test. It was an opportunity for Blake and I to get to know each other and learn how to communicate better with one another. Even though Vegas and Nashville don't have a lot of similarities, we needed that track time together and they needed some notes to take back with them to Nashville for the race with Jamie; so it worked in everyone's best interest."

Mayfield on running for the Owner's Championship--

"This is an incredible race team and I'm proud to be a part of Rusty's organization. With the knowledge that Blake has to bring to this team, and the talented line-up of drivers we have to compete with; there's no doubt in my mind that we can't do this as a team. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year in the NBS."

Blake Bainbridge on Nashville test--"The Nashville test really helped us, not only with Jeremy, but for our run in Vegas too. Although there isn't a lot of significance between the two tracks; there is a lot of banking at Nashville which helps with the clearance on the car. Plus at Nashville, you can go through an entire run and the tires stay pretty consistent there; that helped us to learn some things about the car to take to Vegas too. Jeremy does a lot of Cup testing there with his 19 car, so he can give good feedback there also."

Blake Bainbridge on the challenges of switching Cup drivers each week--"It definitely creates some challenges as a crew chief. You get used to working with one driver and the way he does things, and then you have to switch to a different one the next week. But all of these Cup drivers are extremely talented and can give me good feedback on how the car feels."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Kevin Harvick , Jamie McMurray