Daytona 500: Jeremy Mayfield race report

Broken Shock Mount Relegates Jeremy Mayfield to 40th Place Finish in Rain Shortened Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH (Feb. 15, 2009) -- Jeremy Mayfield made his official debut as a driver/team owner in the 51st running of the Daytona 500. While being...

Broken Shock Mount Relegates Jeremy Mayfield to 40th Place Finish in Rain Shortened Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH (Feb. 15, 2009) -- Jeremy Mayfield made his official debut as a driver/team owner in the 51st running of the Daytona 500. While being met with typical team owner challenges in preparation for the Great American Race, Mayfield's pride in his 26-day old race team was evident as his All Sport Toyota Camry took the Green Flag in 18th position.

"I'm so proud of everyone on this team," said Mayfield prior to the start of the race. "There isn't a person in this organization who can't take credit for the fact that we're in the Daytona 500."

The excitement of racing at Daytona took a downward turn in the early laps of the race. After enduring a bad vibration, which began on lap 31, Mayfield continued to hang on to an ill handling racecar. The vibration was due to a broken shock mount on the right front lower control arm, which sent Mayfield to the garage on lap 75.

After a quick repair, the team returned to the track with plans to finish out the second half of the scheduled 200-lap event.

"I knew there was a problem after the competition caution on lap 25," said Mayfield. "It felt like something had broke and I wasn't sure if it were in the motor or maybe a tire problem. As it turned out, the problem was in the right front but we got it fixed up pretty quick and got the All Sport Toyota back on track."

Mayfield survived several additional caution flags resulting from on track incidents before rain showers covered Daytona International Speedway on lap 152. Within a half hour, NASCAR was forced to call the race for inclement weather sending Mayfield home in 40th place.

"It's obviously not the way we wanted to start the year," said Mayfield. "But I'm still really proud of this team for getting our car in the Daytona 500. This is a great race team and we're definitely here to stay so we'll have plenty more opportunities to run up front and contend for wins."

-credit: mm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield