The Frontstretch: Driver Review : Jeremy Mayfield by Jeff Meyer -- Tuesday December 18, 2007

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Driver Review : Jeremy Mayfield

Jeff Meyer · Tuesday December 18, 2007

 

Jeremy Mayfield
2007 Ride: No. 36 Bill Davis Racing Toyota (Feb. – Oct)
No. 66 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet (Oct. – Nov.)
2007 Primary Sponsor: 360 OTC (BDR No. 36), Best Buy (Haas No. 66)
2007 Owner: Bill Davis (No. 36), Gene Haas (No. 66)

Stats: 17 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 45th in points.
Best Finish: 22nd – twice.

High Point: In a year where Jeremy only managed to qualify 13 times in 32 attempts for Bill Davis Racing while driving the No. 36 360 OTC Toyota, his switch to the Haas CNC Racing No. 66 Best Buy Chevrolet was by far the high point of the season. Previously piloted by Jeff Green for the first 32 races, the No. 66 was firmly implanted in the Top 35 in owner points when Jeremy took over, guaranteeing him a starting spot in the remaining four events of 2007. Results were immediate; in only his second race in the No. 66 Chevy (Texas), Jeremy tied his previous best finish of the year, coming to the checkers in 22nd place.

Low Point: Putting all of his racing troubles aside during his tenure at BDR, the September death of Terry Mayfield – Jeremy's father – at the age of 56 was a devastating blow. Mayfield and his father were close, and it certainly overshadowed any on-track struggles the Owenboro, Kentucky native had during the season.

Summary: It was a miserable year to say the least for Jeremy at a team (BDR) that seems to be in total chaos. In August, when it was announced that he would not be driving for BDR after the '07 season, Jeremy seemed to take it all in stride.

“When I made the decision to move here to BDR with an untested car and a sponsor completely unfamiliar with NASCAR,” he said. “I knew it would be somewhat of a gamble."

Considering how Jeremy's season eventually turned out, that just may be the NASCAR-related understatement of the year!

2008 Outlook: While sponsorship of the No. 66 may still be up in the air for the 2008 season – Best Buy will not be returning – the team is currently 31st in the owner points standings, relieving Jeremy of the pressure of having to qualify in on time for at least the first five races. A guaranteed starting spot, coupled with a new crew chief whom he has worked with before (Dave Skog back in 2002 at Evernham Motorsports), likely means Jeremy has nowhere to go but up!

2006 Frontstretch.com grade: F.
2007 Grade: Uh … can you go lower than F? G, for “Goodness man! Pull yourself together!” Maybe?

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Foxy
12/19/2007 11:57 AM
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Give Jeremy a break. He has gone thru a devistating year.

When Jeremy has a driveable car, he can really do a awesome job.

I have faith and belief in Jeremy, no matter what!!! Jeremy will always be my driver.

In 2008 Jeremy will do an awesome job!!!!

mayfieldrawks
12/19/2007 12:23 PM
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definitely a rough year, 2008 will be better!!
We believe in you Jeremy!!

Brenda
12/19/2007 01:00 PM
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Go show them what you can do, Jeremy!!!

Wheel114
12/19/2007 01:17 PM
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Everyone seems to forget that Jeremy made the first two Chases, before Evernham gave his entire crew and crew chief to Kahne. Since then, he’s had a Toyota with a bankrupt sponsor and about a half-dozen crew chiefs of dubious ability. Give Jeremy a good car with decent sponsorship money , allow him time to establish communication with a knowledgable crew chief, and you’ll see him running up front again!

J. Meyer
12/19/2007 03:50 PM
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For the record….I like Jeremy myself. I wish him all the best in ’08.

scottb
12/19/2007 03:57 PM
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A promising career undermined by his own poor choices. Jeremy loves to blame his crew chiefs, car owners, and equipment for whatever problems come his way. At his age, he’s way past the point where he should have learned to man up and shoulder some blame himself. His struggles won’t end until he does.

Anthony
12/19/2007 04:31 PM
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Jeremy will always be remebered in my mind for how he won that race at Pocono when he bumped Earnhardt out of the way to win the race. I was at that race and I everyone was booing him but I was cheering because he proved that you do whatever it takes to win the race he saw an opertunity and took it.

Helen
12/19/2007 07:12 PM
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Anthony, I got to agree with you. That was one of my favorite moment being a Mayfield fan. I had lots but that was by far the best.Jeremy has a rough few years and as Mayfield fans we have felt his pain. I wish the days of Penske were back.Go get them Curtis.