NEXTEL Cup's Jeremy Mayfield Is Racing This Weekend -- at Hickory Mayfield joins CTS winner Andy Houston, SPEED's Bob Dillner & Others in PASS South Event CONCORD, NC (August 22, 2006) -- When the PASS South Super Late Models opened their...
NEXTEL Cup's Jeremy Mayfield Is Racing This Weekend -- at Hickory
Mayfield joins CTS winner Andy Houston, SPEED's Bob Dillner & Others in PASS South Event
CONCORD, NC (August 22, 2006) -- When the PASS South Super Late Models opened their inaugural season at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) back in April for the Easter Bunny 150, the 30-plus cars in attendance and hoards of fans in the stands proved that Super Late Model racing was back and here to stay in the Carolinas. Now, six races into the PASS South season, the interest in the series is at an all-time high and some high-profile names are coming out to compete as the series heads back to Hickory for the "Over The Mountain 150" on Sunday, August 27th.
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Jeremy Mayfield headlines several key players that will compete in the "Over the Mountain 150" on Sunday. Mayfield, a native of Owensboro, KY, and former ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year, has competed in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series since 1993. He's earned five career wins, 48 top-fives and 96 top-10s during his Nextel Cup career. The past two years, he made the NASCAR's "Chase for the Nextel Cup."
"I just want to race," said Mayfield. "I'll be at Bristol (Motor Speedway) on Friday to appear on Trackside Live on SPEED Channel and make an announcement about my Cup career. Then, I'm heading over to Hickory Motor Speedway to have some fun and hopefully run real well in the PASS South Super Late Model race on Sunday. The Whorffs are giving me a great car and I'm even going to have my brand new Nextel Cup Series number on it for this weekend. I'm just real excited because Super Late Models are what I grew up with."
Mayfield will compete in a car furnished by Whorff Motorsports and Bill and Jeremie Whorff, the father and son combination that finished one-two in this year's running of the prestigious Oxford 250 at Oxford-Plains Speedway (ME). Jeremie will now make the long trip down from Maine to race at Hickory on Sunday.
"At this point in time, after winning the 250, I've really thought about furthering my career and there is no better place to do that than down south," said Whorff. "I am going to make an attempt to go down there and win the thing and by doing that, I know I'd help further my career. I spoke with Mike Rowe and a couple of the New England guys and they say it's a lot of fun to race down there and the competition is excellent. That makes it good for everyone when the competition is that good. Everyone says they've gone down there and learned a lot of stuff.
"I'm excited to have Jeremy Mayfield as my teammate," added Whorff. "On the racetrack, though, he is just another driver out there. He is a great racecar driver and I'm pretty excited to get to work with him. It's a pretty big deal for the crew to run down there with me and have a chance to communicate with Jeremy Mayfield, one of the big Nextel Cup guys. For the whole series it's a big deal and it gets a ton of exposure. I've learned a lot from those Cup and Busch guys. Jeremy has probably run that track before, too, so we can probably even pick up a few pointers from him."
Hickory-native Andy Houston will also make his PASS South debut during the "Over the Mountain 150." Houston is a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he scored three career wins. Houston, the son of legendary Busch Driver Tommy Houston, was the Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model track champion in 1994 and has spent time in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series.
"I grew up at Hickory and it's going to be a lot of fun to get back there," said Houston. "I haven't raced there since 1997, but it's always been a great place for me. It's just a few miles from the house. We were fortunate to win a championship in 1994 and a bunch of features along the way.
"I haven't raced in almost a year and I miss it a lot, so I'm just ready to get back going. Any opportunity I can get to drive a car I'm going to look at it, and I know this one is going to be a lot of fun. A lot of friends and family are excited about it. I just hope I can go out there and have some fun myself and be competitive. It's a whole new deal for me. I went up to the track the other day and tested the car and it was real good. I really liked the way the car handled and I'm really looking forward to this race."
SPEED TV Personality Bob Dillner will also return to the driver's seat, but not behind the wheel of a PASS South Super Late Model. Instead, Dillner will pilot a car in the Redneck Racing Series. Dillner will race the #51 in the Chris James Foundation 25. Dillner was battling for the lead in the inaugural event in April before his engine erupted in flames.
There is a practice session for all cars on Saturday, August 26th. Racing is set to get underway on Sunday, August 27th, at 3pm while general admission gates open at 2pm. The Redneck Racing Series is scheduled to take the green flag at 4:30pm and will be followed by a 40-lap Legends Car race and a 50-lap National Points event for the Aaron's Pro Challenge Series. Then, some of the best short track drivers in the country, along with Nextel Cup star Jeremy Mayfield and former Truck Series winner Andy Houston, will tear up Hickory Motor Speedway in the "Over the Mountain 150" PASS South race.