Rea White, of SceneDaily.com, reports Haas CNC Racing officials announced Tuesday, April 8, they have parted ways with driver Jeremy Mayfield. It was a mutual agreement. Mayfield joined the team for four races last season after being with Bill Davis Racing for the majority of 2007. He drove for Gillett Evernham Motorsports from 2002-06 before having his contract with the team bought out and engaging in a legal dispute over it. Mayfield has five career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins and a Cup best points finish of seventh, which came while driving for Penske Racing in 1998.
While the team is looking at several options to replace Mayfield, Johnny Sauter is entered to drive for the team in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Sauter will have to qualify the No. 70 car for this week's race and possibly future races because his team is not currently in the top 35 in owner's points.
It is uncertain whether Mayfield will join another team or if he will race again this season. Fantasy owners that have braved the Mayfield storm this season should immediately cut ties with the driver if they haven't already. Mayfield is second to only Dave Blaney for worst position in the points standings for a driver that has raced in all seven races this season.
Sauter is expected to replace Mayfield for the time being, and it is unknown if he will be the permanent replacement. Sauter was behind the wheel in the No. 70 car for 35 races last season. He finished the year with no wins, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. Sauter had an average finish of 26.9 and an average start of 30.1, leaving the Haas CNC car securely in the owner's points standings heading into this season.
Sauter has never won a race at the Sprint Cup level and only has one top-five and three top-10s to his credit in 67 career starts. He has competed in five Nationwide races this season and has an average finish of 19.4. Sauter shouldn't be expected to put up solid fantasy numbers, but if Mayfield's departure leaves you in a bind, then he could make for a decent option. Otherwise, fantasy owners should look to avoid both drivers heading through the rest of the season.
About Fraser Lovat
Fraser is a Hot off the Wire Analyst with KFFL and has been with the company since 2007.
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