JJ Yeley To Replace Jeremy Mayfield In The No. 41 Dodge

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

What happened to JJ Yeley? He was once a solid rookie on the up and coming with Joe Gibbs racing, and had some halfway decent runs with the Hall Of Fame Racing No. 96 car. So it begs the question, why couldn't he even get a full time Nationwide Series ride?

Nothing has been made official yet, as the issue can't be resolved until Jeremy turns over the ownership duties to his wife, Shana Mayfield (who is a "hubba hubba", if you know what I mean).

But, that's another issue for another time. Yeley has visited the shop a few times this week, according to him, and been fitted for the car seat.

This all occurred due to Jeremy Mayfield being the first Sprint Cup driver to fall victim to NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy. Mayfield claims the failed test is a result of combining prescription medications and over the counter medications.

However, Dr. David Black, who runs NASCAR's testing program, disputes the claim and says Mayfield tested positive for a drug "of great concern".

JJ Yeley has 95 cup races. He has two Top 5's and seven top 10's. This could be a welcoming sight to a team that has started itself from scratch and suffered a black eye already.

Currently, the No. 41 Mayfield Motorsports Dodge is 45th in the owner points. Only the Top 35 are guaranteed a spot in the race each week.

This means, Yeley will have to race himself into the field based on qualifying time until the team gets above that rank. However, he is not intimidated by this and accepts the challenge.

"I met with all the guys over there. They're the underdog trying to make it in the big world. They've got the equipment. It's just been a big learning curve trying to figure out this car."

I am not sure how long Mayfield will be out and neither does anyone else know since the suspension is listed as indefinite, but if the team can keep its sponsorship going, Yeley could be the driver for the rest of the season.

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