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Mayfield plans to run full season as owner/driver

Posted on: February 3, 2009 1:05 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2009 1:24 pm

If nobody will hire you, apparently the only option is to become your own boss.

Jeremy Mayfield, who hasn't completed a full Sprint Cup season since 2005, hopes to do so in 2009 ... as the owner/driver of his own team.

Mayfield Motorsports will be co-owned by Gary Smith, chairman and CEO of Big Red, Inc. The new organization will run the No. 41 Toyota with sponsorship from All-Sport.

Mayfield joins a growing list of racers who've decided to jump into the business of running a full-time Cup operation this season.

Joe Nemechek will attempt a full schedule with his own team in both the Cup and Nationwide series.

Larry Gunselman, Todd Bodine and Geoff Bodine have joined forces in hopes of completing a full Cup season.

Kirk Shelmerdine, ever the optimist, is dreaming of running a full season.

And crew chief Tommy Baldwin opted to start his own team after he was rendered jobless after Bill Davis Racing was sold.

What's going on here?

At the end of the 2008 season, the economy and sponsorship woes forced several high-profile teams to merge with others in similar trouble: DEI with Ganassi Racing and Evernham Motorsports with Petty Enterprises most notably.

If the King himself couldn't stay afloat without help, how do all these new teams expect to survive?

I just don't get it. It seems strange to me these sponsors would rather hook up with a newbie, rather than come aboard with a DEI, Ganassi, Evernham or Petty.

More power to the little guys, I guess. I wish them well.

Category: Auto Racing

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2009 10:01 pm

Mayfield plans to run full season as owner/driver

I agree there is a large number of private teams coming in.  In regard to Jeremy, someone needs to advise him of his past driving results.  Jeremy couldn't make a go of the Dodge product, and then put up similar results in the Toyota.  This is a prime case of denial by an OK driver thinking he is better than his track record. 

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2009 10:50 am

Mayfield plans to run full season as owner/driver

I think a big reason why some of these drivers can't get a full time ride is because sponsors want to back a young pretty face that is more marketable, not a guy who turns 40 this year.  Mayfield is a good driver, definitely among the top 30 drivers.  As recently as 2005 he finished the season in the top 10.  I say good for these guys who are pure racers and will do all they can to get in a race.  Of course, he has no chance of staying in the top 35 but I will be rooting for him.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2009 8:37 am

Mayfield plans to run full season as owner/driver

What's going on here?

That says it all.  With all of the changes I think the easiest thing for me to do is pretend I am new to NASCAR and check out all of the drivers and teams.  Just when you think it is going to end here comes another one.  What's next?  Mergers during red flag delays?  Yellow flag sponsor changes?  Maybe fathead can come up with logos that can be switched from one car to the other.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2009 3:13 pm

Mayfield plans to run full season as owner/driver

Good luck to Jeremy and all the start up teams.  Qualifing in 2009 will be interesting if all these teams can hang in there for the year.  I think Bill Davis gave up those points when he closed up shop.  That was the moment to sell the assets and points to another team.  I wonder how agressive the back of the pack will be this year, with that 35th spot being even more critical than usual.  The racing should be entertaining front to back this year.  This might be the year to double file the front runners instead of putting them next to the lap down people, and let the back of the pack fight among themselves on restarts. 

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2009 3:00 pm

Mayfield plans to run full season as owner/driver

Well, no offense to them, but I don't wish them well, after all, these guys had a time, where they were at least decent, if not good or great, but now they are past their prime, and that is why they can't find a team, I mean with people like Mark Martin, he can still win, so he should keep on racing, but if you are finishing below 30th every race, it might be time for you to move on, instead of making your own team, putting up costs for yourselves, and possibly wasting all the funds they build up, so that they might become homeless if another great depression should occur, honestly I would just say move on, try to find a job other than racing in the NASCAR business, or they could actually spend time with their families and get a regular job.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2009 1:18 pm

Mayfield plans to run full season as owner/driver

The good new for Jeremy is that he won't have to worry if someone doesn't like what he has to say, the bad news is he doesn't have factory support.  It is good for NASCAR that they have the new teams coming in, but the fact the factories are not giving support will they really be able to climb into the top 35 and stay there.  Now the question is can they secure points from one of the teams that is not racing this season.  Maybe Bill Davis will give Jeremy the points from the 22 car to keep Toyota happy. 

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