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August 8, 2007 3:13 PM

Jeremy Mayfield loses another ride

A year after he was released by Ray Evernham Racing, Jeremy Mayfield will be released by Bill Davis Racing at season's end. The team made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

"Jeremy has done all we asked of him and more as part of what has been an enormous challenge in 2007 for the entire BDR Cup program. It has been a huge undertaking to bring Toyota online for their first NASCAR Nextel Cup season at the same time all the teams in the sport were facing the dual competition platforms as we transitioned to the car of tomorrow.

"Add to that the challenge of facing the healthiest overall car count in years for the Nextel Cup Series, the elements involved with the top-35 watermark, as well as the education of a company that was in its first NASCAR Nextel Cup motorsports sponsorship, and it has made for some trying times for all involved.

"We have had great support from Toyota on this endeavor, but it takes more than just manufacturer support to compete on this level. It takes a tremendous amount of additional sponsorship support that just did not materialize as we had anticipated."

A replacement driver was not announced but the team is already close with J.J. Yeley, the driver who will be cut by Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the year to make room for Kyle Busch.

Mayfield, who is not in the top 35 in owner points, has only made eight races this year. His best finish is 23rd.

In other news:

The last time Marcos Ambrose and Robby Gordon were on the track together, they spun each other out and neither one collected the victory, even though they were running 1st and 2nd with 4 laps to go. The two will be back on the track again this week at Watkins Glen. The difference? Gordon will be Ambrose's boss. The 30 year old Australian rookie will drive the number 77 Camping World Ford Fusion, fielded by Robby Gordon Racing. It will be his Nextel Cup debut.

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