|Born||May 27, 1969|
|Monster Energy Cup Series statistics|
|Best pts finish||7th (1998)|
|First race||1993 Mello Yello 500|
|First win||1998 Pocono 500|
|Last race||2009 Crown Royal 400|
|Xfinity Series statistics|
|Best pts finish||43rd - (1996)|
|First race||1995 GM Goodwrench 200|
|Last race||2006 Stater Brothers 300|
Jeremy Allen Mayfield (born May 27, 1969) is an American former stock car driver. Mayfield competed in Cup, Busch and Truck series. Mayfield has been suspended indefinitely from the sport after testing positive for using methamphetamine.
Career before NASCAREdit
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.
Early NASCAR careerEdit
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.
Late 1990s Edit
Mayfield returned to the Kranefuss team in 1997. He had eight top tens, including two fifth-place runs, and finished a then career-high 13th place in points. After the season, Kranefuss sold part of the team to Penske Racing South, and the team's identity was switched, with a new number (#12) and new sponsor in Mobil 1. Mayfield took the points lead early in the season, and won his first career race at the Pocono 500. At the end of the season, he was seventh in points. He was unable to replicate his success in 1999, and dropped four spots in the standings, despite twelve top-tens. In 2000, he won four poles and two races. One of the poles, however, was at the DieHard 500, and the car was found to have violated the rules with an illegal fuel substance, and penalties resulted in the team earning -25 points from the race (his 126 points, earned by finishing 14th and leading a lap, were offset by the 151 point penalty NASCAR handed down). Later, while practicing for the Brickyard 400, he crashed hard into the wall. He suffered a concussion, and was forced to miss the next two races. He finished 24th in points that season.
Recent years Edit
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 C