No Cup race this week, but still plenty of headlines from NASCAR. Also, NNS boys are in St Louie, and the CWTS guys are outside of Cincinatti at Kentucky Speedway. Both those series race on Saturday night, with the trucks starting at 7pm et, and Nationwide jumping off at 9pm et.
The Jeremy Mayfield story won't go away, and it's getting stranger. NASCAR is blabbing that he failed their drug test last Monday. Mayfield says that he passed a test earlier that same day, and another one 30 minutes after NASCAR took their sample. Guilty, or not, why is NASCAR releasing his purported results to the public? What kind of doctor or medical professional does that?
Mayfield's stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, has sworn that she witnessed him snort Meth at least 30 times over a seven year period, and that she saw him cook his own meth until the ingredients became too hard to buy. Another evil NASCAR stepmother? Nobody breaks their stash out in front of their stepmother, unless she was hitting it too. Mayfield chacterizes Lisa as a golddigger, saying, "She's basically a whore."
Mayfield's father, Terry Mayfield, was found dead on Jeremy's property in 2007 from a gunshot to the chest. Lisa said that Terry committed suicide because he was depressed about his relationship with Jeremy. Mayfield says that Lisa has been hounding him for money, as Terry's will left her nothing. Jeremy says that Lisa killed Terry and he's filing a wrongful death suit against her this week. I guess it took Jeremy two years to get the evidence together?
Kevin Harvick reportedly wants out at RCR. His buddy, Tony Stewart, would welcome him to SHR. Especially if Happy brings along Jack Daniels sponsorship. Danica Patrick was at the SHR race shops on Monday, touring the place, and even signing autographs for some fans there. Stewart, Harvick, and Danica? Poor Newman.
Brad Keselowski is supposedly NASCAR's hottest free agent. He's said to be Penske's number one choice to drive the #12 next year. Red Bull may also be in the bidding too, especially if they switch to Chevy, as speculated. Disappointing Red Bull rookie, Scott Speed, is getting married this Saturday in N.C. He may need that second income next year.
The Nationwide team of Rusty Wallace may be changing manufacturers for next season. They're in Chevys now, but GM is slashing budgets everywhere. RWI just joined KHI in an information sharing deal that had Steven Wallace driving a KHI Chevy last week. Didn't help.
A couple of developmental drivers with bright futures get another chance Saturday at Gateway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in the RFR #16 again, while Brad Coleman gets another shot in the JGR #20.
After 18 of the season's 36 races the Jr scoreboard was even all the way across. Sam Hornish Jr, Martin Truex Jr, and Dale Earnhardt Jr all had 6 races in which they were the highest finishing Jr. Surprisingly, or maybe not, Sam Hornish Jr leads the other two Jrs in top-10s. Sam has four, Martin and Dale have 3 each.