NASCAR Jeremy Mayfield will return to NASCAR competition for the first time since being fired last month by Nextel Cup team owner Ray Evernham.
Smith’s Las Vegas 350-kilometer NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Sept. 23 will see Mayfield, who lost his Evernham Motorsports Nextel Cup ride, compete on the newly upgraded 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway real estate.
Jeremy Mayfield will be driving No. 15 Chevrolet truck in the Las Vegas NASCAR race, confirmed by Billy Balley, which Balley’s team had won previously with Shane Hmiel.
Balley said he also plans for Mayfield to drive the truck at a race in Atlanta, Phoenix and the Miami finale. Las Vegas native NASCAR Kyle Busch will drive the truck Saturday in Loudon, N.H., trying to win his second race in four starts with the team this year.
Mayfield’s best finish in 21 Cup races with Evernham this year was 13th.
Mayfield, 37, had driven No. 19 Dodge in the Nextel Cup series since 2002. In 402 Cup races, Mayfield has had two victories with Evernham and a total of five vitories.
Special truck series practice sessions are scheduled for Sept. 22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to help teams adjust to the new track and higher banking. Corner banking has nearly doubled to 20 degrees and the backstretch was raised by about 8 feet for better transitions. Motor enthusiasts will be able to see more of the pit road which has been moved closer.
Brendan Gaughan, the only full-time NASCAR team west of the Mississippi, will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
A.J. Allmendinger, Champ Car World Series star, is scheduled to make his truck series debut Saturday in New Hampshire. AJ, 24 years old, has won four Champ Car races this year.
Source: LV Review Journal
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NASCAR Jeremy Mayfield will drive in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.