Mayfield Wins on Fumes

A risky fuel strategy paid off for Jeremy Mayfield at Michigan International Speedway today, as the #19 Dodge driver took his first win of the season and his fifth career NASCAR win

Mayfield Wins on Fumes

Mayfield ran the final 52 laps on a single tank of fuel, moving up the field as one car after another was forced to pit for fuel - eventually leaving Mayfield in the lead with six laps to go.

"We took a big chance running all the way, and it's pretty cool winning a race like that," said Mayfield, whose win moved him to sixth in the points standing, also solidifying his place in the Chase for the Cup.

"We robbed a bank and got away with it," said Mayfield's crew chief Slugger Labbe. "It was a gamble but it paid off."

Labbe also revealed that Mayfield had suffered from engine problems throughout the race, stating: "Our motor was running 270 (degrees) today. It was cooked, but we made it."

In fact, nearly every car suffered from tyre failures or overheated engines, after strong winds had blown garbage over the cars' fenders and grills, blocking airflow to the radiators.

Among the victims was pole-sitter Joe Nemechek, who fell back after suffering from a flat tyre - but he fought his way back to finish eighth.

Second behind Mayfield was Scott Riggs, recording his highest NASCAR finish, with Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards in third and fourth respective.

Points leader Tony Steward finished fifth, with Greg Biffle in sixth and reigning Cup Champion Kurt Busch seventh.

Pos  Driver               Make        Laps
 1.  Jeremy Mayfield      Dodge       200
 2.  Scott Riggs          Chevrolet   200
 3.  Matt Kenseth         Ford        200
 4.  Carl Edwards         Ford        200
 5.  Tony Stewart         Chevrolet   200
 6.  Greg Biffle          Ford        200
 7.  Kurt Busch           Ford        200
 8.  Joe Nemechek         Chevrolet   200
 9.  Brian Vickers        Chevrolet   200
10.  Jimmie Johnson       Chevrolet   200
11.  Bill Elliott         Dodge       200
12.  Ryan Newman          Dodge       200
13.  Rusty Wallace        Dodge       200
14.  Casey Mears          Dodge       200
15.  Jeff Gordon          Chevrolet   200
16.  Bobby Labonte        Chevrolet   200
17.  Mark Martin          Ford        200
18.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.   Chevrolet   200
19.  Ricky Rudd           Ford        200
20.  Jamie McMurray       Dodge       200
21.  Sterling Marlin      Dodge       200
22.  Kevin Harvick        Chevrolet   200
23.  Scott Wimmer         Dodge       200
24.  Jeff Green           Dodge       200
25.  Ken Schrader         Dodge       200
26.  Jeff Burton          Chevrolet   200
27.  Michael Waltrip      Chevrolet   199
28.  John Andretti        Chevrolet   199
29.  Kasey Kahne          Dodge       199
30.  Robby Gordon         Chevrolet   199
31.  Tony Raines          Dodge       198
32.  Dave Blaney          Chevrolet   198
33.  Kyle Petty           Dodge       198
34.  Dale Jarrett         Ford        198
35.  Bobby Hamilton Jr.   Chevrolet   197
36.  Jimmy Spencer        Ford        196
37.  Mike Bliss           Chevrolet   185
38.  Travis Kvapil        Dodge       179
39.  Elliott Sadler       Ford        174
40.  Terry Labonte        Chevrolet   159
41.  Stuart Kirby         Chevrolet   140
42.  Johnny Benson        Chevrolet   127
43.  Kyle Busch           Chevrolet    81
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