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Struggling Mayfield insists on staying upbeat

Updated: August 5, 2006, 9:57 AM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Jeremy Mayfield has a competitive spirit, so you'll understand if he still believes that he's in contention to qualify for NASCAR's 10-driver Chase for the Nextel Cup title.

Nevermind that every driver ranked below him in the standings is already mathematically eliminated from making the Chase. Never mind that, should he finish Sunday's Allstate 400 at or below his average finishing position in races held at the Brickyard this season, he, too, would likely be mathematically eliminated. ...

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