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Mayfield Jeremy biography

Date of birth : 1969-05-27
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Owensboro, Kentucky
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-05-17
Credited as : Nascar driver, Toyota Camry ,

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Jeremy Allen Mayfield (born May 27, 1969 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a currently suspended NASCAR driver. Mayfield drove the #41 All Sport Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series for his own team, Mayfield Motorsports. He is married to his second wife, Shana, and they own three bulldogs and two pugs. Currently he and his team are unsponsored. Jeremy has run paint schemes for sponsors Big Red soda and SmallSponsor.com. On May 9, 2009 Mayfield was suspended indefinitely as both owner and driver by NASCAR following what NASCAR said was a positive test for methamphetamine. A federal judge weighing the respective harms and evidence lifted the suspension temporarily on July 1, 2009. On July 15, 2009, it was revealed by NASCAR that Mayfield again tested positive for the second time of using methamphetamine. He allegedly failed a random drug test on July 6. On July 24 a federal appeals court overturned the previous injunction Mayfield had been awarded, leaving him suspended from the sport again.

Mayfield began racing in his hometown of Owensboro, racing BMX bicycles. He then proceeded to race go-karts at local short tracks, moving to Nashville Speedway USA at the age of 19. He soon went to work for Sadler Bros. Racing as a fabricator, and became their driver, winning Late Model Rookie of the Year at Kentucky Motor Speedway in 1987.

In 1993, he joined the ARCA series, and was named Rookie of the Year. He also made his Cup debut at the Mello Yello 500, starting 30th and finishing 29th in the #95 Ford Thunderbird sponsored by Mac Tools.

In 1994, Mayfield declared he would run for NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year, and signed to drive the Sadler Bros.' #95 Shoney's Ford. He struggled heavily in the 95, and was released. He signed to drive the #02 for T.W. Taylor, sponsored by Children's Miracle Network for four races, before completing the year in the #98 Fingerhut Ford for Cale Yarborough. He ran 20 starts in his inaugural season, his best finish a 19th at Rockingham. In 1995, he stayed with Yarborough full-time with new sponsorship from RCA, and had an eighth place run at the Miller Genuine Draft 500, with a 31st place finish in the points standings after qualifying for 27 out of 31 races. The next season, he had two top-fives and earned his first career pole at the DieHard 500. Later that season, he was released and replaced John Andretti in the #37 Kmart/Little Caesar's Ford owned by Michael Kranefuss. Mayfield ended the year 26th in points.

In 2002, Mayfield signed to Evernham Motorsports, replacing Casey Atwood. In his first year, Mayfield had just four top-tens and finished 26th in points. He rebounded some in 2003, winning the pole at the Aaron's 499 and posting 12 top-tens, finishing nineteenth in points. Finally in 2004, Mayfield returned to victory lane at the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 earning his team the 9th spot in the inaugural Chase for the Cup, and finished tenth in points. For a while, winning a race to get into the Chase was referred by the moniker "pulling a Jeremy Mayfield." In 2005, he won the GFS Marketplace 400, and finished ninth in the standings. In August 2006 he was released from Evernham after his team fell out of the top-35 in owner points, and replaced by Bill Elliott and then Elliott Sadler.

Mayfield signed a contract with Bill Davis Racing for 2007, driving the #36 Toyota Camry with primary sponsorship from 360 OTC. Associate sponsors included World Wrestling Entertainment, the TNT television network, and rock band Kiss. He ran a total of 13 races for Bill Davis Racing in 32 attempts with a best finish of 22nd at Kansas Speedway. In August 2007, it was announced that Mayfield and Davis would part ways at the end of the season. Later in the season, he would take over driving the #66 Best Buy car for Haas CNC Racing starting with Atlanta 2007. Late in 2007, he and teammate Scott Riggs would switch rides with Mayfield ending up in the #70 car for the 2008 season.

Mayfield completed seven races in the #70 with a best finish of sixteenth before he was released from the team. He would complete one additional race at Dover in the #40 Target Dodge, filling in for the injured Dario Franchitti. He would start tenth and finished twenty-fifth.

In January 2009, Mayfield announced that he would attempt the full season in a self-owned Toyota, using the number 41. He raced his way into the Daytona 500. After 10 races in the 2009 season, Mayfield qualified for just 5. He would then have his substance abuse controversy that subsequently in most respects ended his racing career and as of July 16, 2009 Mayfield sold his race team and operations due to lack of sponsorship and the last remaining member of his crew resigning after all other members of the race team were laid off.

On May 9, 2009, Mayfield was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy.

Jeremy Mayfield has 36 career Nascar Nationwide Series starts. To date he has five top tens, his best finish being a fourth at Rockingham in 2003. He has also three Craftsman Truck Series starts, with a best finish of 6th at the 2003 Hardee's 250 for Green Light Racing. After his release from Evernham in 2006, he drove for Billy Ballew Motorsports in a pair of truck races.

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