Report: Jeremy Mayfield prepping for World of Outlaws

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Jeremy Mayfield, who remains suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for failing a mandated drug test in 2009, is reportedly beginning a new chapter in his racing career – and with a new racing series.

On Wednesday, Chattanoogan.com, citing an official from the World of Outlaws series, reported that Mayfield, 45, has formed a Dirt Late Model team, with aspirations of eventually racing full-time on the WoO circuit.

The web site also reported that Mayfield, now living in Denver, North Carolina, has been attempting a racing comeback of sorts over the last several months, driving in several Open Wheel Modified races on short tracks in and around North and South Carolina.

The team is reportedly owned by Aaron Thomas, with Mayfield as a hired driver. And the web site said assisting Mayfield in his racing comeback is former Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler and others.

Mayfield’s Dirt Late Model, numbered J2, includes heavy self-sponsorship of his “Take It Back” campaign and comeback, a reference to Mayfield’s ongoing outreach program of taking back his “life and overall love of racing.”

NASCAR has offered to allow Mayfield to return to the sport if he were to complete its substance abuse treatment program, but to date, Mayfield has refused.

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With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: