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2007 Driver Review: Jeremy Mayfield

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, zero wins, zero top fives, zero 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 Owensboro, Ky. 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 Grade: F
2007 Grade: Uh, can you go lower than F? G, for “Goodness man! Pull yourself together!” Maybe?

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