2005 Evernham Motorsports
 
 

Jeremy Mayfield--Homestead-Miami Preview

11/15/2005

Driver: Jeremy Mayfield
Team Director: Kenny Francis
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Chassis: No. 116
Info: Started second and
finished fourth at Indy

JEREMY MAYFIELD QUOTES

“Homestead has now become even more important for our team with the changes that have been made this week. The race will be a test session; we’ll take the data, evaluate it and use it as a base for the start of the 2006 season at Daytona. Making the Chase is only a step in winning the championship; everyone at Evernham Motorsports is committed to winning the Nextel Cup.

“I think this is going to be good for our long-term success. Chris (Andrews, team director) is a great leader and Tim (Malinovsky, engineering director) has great understanding of how we can improve the performance of this car. We've proven we have what it takes to get into the Chase, now we just need the horsepower for next year to keep the momentum going once we get in."

STATS & FACTS



JEREMY MAYFIELD AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
• This weekend marks Mayfield’s sixth career visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has one top five, two top 10s and has led 29 laps at the track. Mayfield has a 17.8 average finish at Homestead and ranks seventh among the Chase drivers in the average finish there.
• Mayfield earned his best finish at Miami in 2000 when he finished second after starting 22nd on the grid. Mayfield’s first start at the track came in November of 1999, when he started eighth.

RACING TO THE CHECKERED FLAG – NINE DOWN, ONE TO GO
• Mayfield is 10th in the Chase for the Championship standings; he’s 476 points behind the leader, and 35 points behind ninth place.
• In a span of 25 races this year, Mayfield climbed from a low ranking of 26th after Las Vegas to a career-high Chase ranking of seventh after Dover.

BETTER THAN AVERAGE
• Mayfield is in a two-way tie for the ninth-best average finish (16th) among drivers who have completed all 35 races this season.
• The No. 19 Dodge Charger has earned an average start of 15th this season. Of the drivers who have competed in all 35 races this year, Mayfield is ranked eighth, in a two-way tie with teammate Kasey Kahne.

MAYFIELD KEEPS GOING… AND GOING… AND GOING…
• Mayfield’s 98.8% laps completed percentage ranks fourth among drivers who have competed in every race this year. Mayfield has finished 24 of 35 races on the lead lap, and he has only one DNF in 2005.

2005 CAREER BESTS
• Mayfield claimed his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup victory at the two-mile Michigan Int’l Speedway in August.
• Mayfield’s fourth-place finish at Indianapolis was a career-high finish at the historic track. Mayfield also notched a career-best finish at Talladega when he finished fourth in April, and he tied his career-best seventh place finish at Infineon Raceway in June.

MAYFIELD WINS AT MICHIGAN!!!
• Mayfield scored his fifth career NASCAR Nextel Cup victory in his 368th career start in the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
• The victory was Mayfield’s second win at Evernham Motorsports, and his first career win at Michigan.
• The win marked the first time in team history that two Evernham Motorsports teammates have each won a Nextel Cup race in the same season.
• The win was also the first Dodge Charger victory at MIS since Richard Petty drove to the checkered flag in August, 1975.

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