NASCAR & Auto Racing

Green is out, Mayfield in, for No. 66 Chevrolet

Haas CNC Racing has released driver Jeff Green effective immediately and will replace him in the No. 66 Chevrolet for the rest of the season with veteran Jeremy Mayfield.

Mayfield, who has been driving for Bill Davis Racing, signed a deal Monday to drive the No. 66 in the four remaining Nextel Cup races this season as well as all of the 2008 season.

While Mayfield moves to Haas, BDR’s Truck Series drivers will step in to attempt to qualify Mayfield’s No. 36 Toyota in the remaining Cup races. Mike Skinner will drive this weekend at Atlanta and the following weekend at Texas. Johnny Benson will drive at Phoenix and Homestead, Fla.

“We’re very excited about our driver lineup for next season,” said Joe Custer, general manager for Haas CNC Racing. The team recently announced the hiring of Scott Riggs to add to its 2008 driver lineup as well.

Mayfield, 38, has five Cup wins in his career, the most recent coming in the 2005 season at Michigan. He also has nine poles and has made the Chase for the Cup in two of the past four seasons.

“Every indication is that this is a team with unlimited potential. The shop is state-of-the-art, the equipment is first rate, there is an outstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports here, and it’s my challenge to make it all equal success on the track,” Mayfield said. “I’m ready to see how far I can take it.”

Custer said the team is not sure which new driver will drive for which Haas team in 2008 and will use the next four weeks testing the pairing of Mayfield and crew chief Harold Holly. Both Riggs and Mayfield are scheduled to test for Haas in the car of tomorrow test Monday at Atlanta, Custer said.