Jeremy Mayfield: Don't Let it be True

David PhillipsAnalyst IMay 10, 2009

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 08:  Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #36, 360 OTC Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pocono 500 at the Pocono Raceway on June 8, 2007 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Jeremy Mayfield was born on May 21, 1969, and raised in Ownesboro, KY.

He is a former 1993 ARCA Re/Max rookie of the year. He entered the then Winston Cup Series (now known as Sprint Cup Series) in 1995.

Mayfield drove for car owners like The Stalor Brothers, T.W. Taylor, Cale Yarbourogh,  Michael Kranefuss, Roger Penske, Ray Evernham, Bill Davis, Gene Hass, Chip Ganassi, and when this year, when he was unable to find a ride, he started his own team. He was able to find a sponsor with ALL Sport—something other under-funded teams have been unable to do.

On May 9, at approximately noon, NASCAR officials were informed that Mayfield failed to pass a random drug test the previous week at Richmond Raceway.

NASCAR wasted little time announcing to the world that driver/owner Mayfield was indefinitely suspended as driver and owner immediately, no questions asked.

As if it was yesterday, I remember a young Mayfield passing his racing idol Darrell Waltrip at the Pocono Speedway. Being a big Waltrip fan, I wasn't pulling for Mayfield on this day, but i remember Bud Baker calling the race. I can still hear it in my head.

Mayfield would win four more times in his Cup career which looks to be over.

Only Mayfield and NASCAR know what made him fail the drug test.

Mayfield's team will be "sold" (or should I say the entry list will have another name by owner and he will hire a driver if he can afford one) and they should finish the season.

Only time will tell about this situation