Jeremy Mayfield to compete in Smith's Las Vegas 350 at LVMS

Jeremy Mayfield will get a leg up on the competition before the 2007 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's new high banks.

Mayfield, who has run every Nextel Cup race held at LVMS, will compete in the Smith's Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday, Sept. 23. It will be the first race held at the speedway since the banking in the turns was raised from 12 to 20 degrees and the pit road was moved 275 feet closer to the grandstands.

Mayfield will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet for Billy Ballew. Ballew is no stranger to Victory Lane in the Truck Series or at LVMS. Shane Hmiel won the 2004 Smith's Las Vegas 350 driving for Ballew and Las Vegas' Kyle Busch has won four races in the past two years for Ballew.

"I'm really looking forward to having Jeremy drive our Truck in Las Vegas," Ballew said. "We have really tried to get very talented drivers in our Truck, and we have been fortunate enough to have people like Jeremy and Kyle who want to drive for us. We have won in Vegas and had a lot of success with Kyle, so this should be fun."

Mayfield is one of 11 current of former NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers who are expected to compete in next Saturday's race. It will be just the second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start of Mayfield's career. He placed sixth in the May 16, 2003 Hardee's 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte. Mayfield has five career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series victories and his best finish in Las Vegas was a runner-up spot in the 2002 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

Tickets for the Smith's Las Vegas 350 are on sale by calling the speedway at 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to