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Jeremy Mayfield continues fight to clear his name

By admin | February 1, 2011

By Richard Allen

 

On Tuesday night the Speed television network had suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield as a guest on their Race Hub show. While the interview was much anticipated by many, it revealed little new information in regard to the outcast driver’s fight to clear his name.

Mayfield was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR in May of 2009 after the sanctioning body revealed that he had failed a drug test. After winning a brief injunction, the driver’s suspension was reinstated and he has not competed in NASCAR since. He is the only driver ever to be suspended from Sprint Cup racing since the inception of drug testing in that division.

Aegis Sciences Corp., the company responsible for NASCAR’s drug testing, stated that Mayfield tested positive for the use of methamphetamines on more than one occasion. Mayfield claims to have never used meth and instead argues that his positive test was caused by the combined use of the ADHD prescription drug Adderall and the over-the-counter allergy medication Claritin-D.

“I wish it would have never happened,” Mayfield said in the interview with Race Hub host Steve Byrnes. “I didn’t want to be part of this, I didn’t want to be part of a lawsuit, I didn’t want to go out of my career like this.”

However, because of pending litigation Mayfield was unable to go much further. With his case still pending in court he could not address all the issues he claims would set the record straight in his favor.

“It was hard for me to come here today because I’ve got to fight this urge,” Mayfield remarked. “I’ve got a lot of things I want to say that I can’t because of litigation.”

As far as time healing all wounds, Mayfield would argue that point. “There’s a lot of anger,” he said. “There’s a lot things that could come out that wouldn’t be any good for either of us. It’s tough when you get a chance to tell everything and you can’t tell your side of the story. There’s so much more to it that you could tell that would really enlighten a lot of things but you just can’t tell.”

This case does not promise to be settled anytime soon. And more, Mayfield’s situation is further complicated by the pending legal issues between the driver and his former step-mother, who claims to have seen him using the illegal drugs in question.

Mayfield must fight off a countersuit filed by NASCAR before any appeal can be made in regard to a judge having thrown out the driver’s original claims against the sanctioning body. This process could go on for months, or longer.

“It’s probably going to be a long time because the appeal process could take a year or a year and a half,” Mayfield told Byrnes.

It would not seem likely that Jeremy Mayfield will ever drive again in NASCAR. He did say that he has worked on putting a deal together with North Carolina businessman and racing owner Mark Beaver to compete on dirt tracks but nothing final has been decided.

Whatever comes of it, Mayfield says he is at peace with himself. “I’ve come to grips with myself and my life,” he claims. “It’s going to be a long time and we’re going to have to endure that.”

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13 Responses to “Jeremy Mayfield continues fight to clear his name”

  1. Richard Allen Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 6:26 am

    This message was placed on twitter by @shanamayfield following the Race Hub airing in response to post someone had made claiming the Mayfield interview was “sliced and diced” in the editing room:

    “RaceHub spent over 40 minutes with Jeremy yesterday. Their decision on what to air.”

  2. Kevin Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I still don’t know who to believe on this one. Seems pretty simple that either the combination of Adderal & Claritan can or cannot cause a false positive for the test. The he said she said stuff shouldn’t matter. All that should is guilty or not, can race or can’t. Case closed.

  3. The Mad Man Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Mayfield also said he could race in IndyCar and the NHRA.

    You have to wonder just what all hit the cutting room floor from the 40 minutes they filmed.

    Lisa Mayfield’s reliablility as a witness is questionable at best considering her antics when she showed up drunk at Jeremy’s house, assaulted the property caretakers, a pregnant woman, used racial slurs against once of the caretakers, and yelled that she was pregnant with Mayfield’s baby.

    NASCAR/Brian France had no comments as they were busy in another court trying to keep his divorce files from Megan France sealed.

  4. The Mad Man Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Considering both Adderall and Claritin can give false positives and Aegis labs has lost lawsuits over false positives, I’d tend to believe Mayfield. Not to mention NASCAR’s history based on the spiked drug tests they did on Tim Richmond.

  5. rick Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    This may sound strange to say but for his sake I hope Jeremy is at least partly guilty of what he is accused by Nascar. I say this because he has virtually no chance of proving his innocence, if that be the case, against Nascar’s deep pockets and high profile lawyers. It would be hard to live the rest of his life knowing that he was wrongly accused and it cost him his career. As I recall when this issue first came out it was reported that Nascar was actually withholding the list of banned substances from the drivers and crews. I’m not sure if this has changed but if true it just helps prove what a tight hold Nascar has over the participants and how easy it is to make a costly mistake that could be career ending.

  6. Bill B Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    turn the page.

  7. Charles Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I dont have a opinion on this matter! Always like Mayfield as a driver!

    I think Nascar should have at least ‘two”independent testing labs in the future as something like this is going to happen again and they would be more confident in the testing results!!!!!!!

  8. HILDA BEACHFRONT Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thank You Rich for posting this article.

    ol bz probably, has bunches of things that he’s covering up, so that we don’t know the truth.

    Jeremy looked really good to me, clean, shaved, his sparking white teeth, and I love to hear Jeremy tell of the day that he won over Dale. That’s all Jeremy wants to do is race.It’s his life long dream.A lot of things happend to Jeremy in his career,that other people benefited from, leaving Jeremy to take the crap when he said the truth.I think that Jeremy has been poster boy for the so called drug plan, long enough.

    I hope soon that this nitemare will be over for Jeremy. Did you notice that Jeremy doesn’t have to fidget, and uh, and ,duh while he speaks.

    My thoughts and prayers are for Jeremy and Shana for they donot deserve this crap that was handed to them.

  9. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Rich, I am scared to death on Mayfield picking up his career and being offered 9 More 2nd Chances like Shane Hmiel. I feel the best thing I can do is tell some of my fellow racing commissioners that Mayfield can’t just scandalize another person’s good name.

  10. Kevin Says:
    February 3rd, 2011 at 8:51 am

    @The Mad Man
    Do you have references to back up your claims? Post the links please.
    One thing to say both can cause false positives and Aegis labs has lost lawsuits, but you’ve got to back it up!

  11. Steve Says:
    February 3rd, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Boy, seeing Jeremy on Race Hub did nothing to change my mind that he is wrongfully accused. If you watched the program, you saw a guy that looked nothing like a meth user. Far from it. And considering what he has had to go through, I’m pretty sure if he was a regular meth user, he would still be doing it.

    I have beleived Jeremy from day one and firmly beleive that he was the poster child for this new drug testing policy by nascar. They just didn’t think that he would fight back. I’m still rooting for Jeremy. Even though he may not be racing in Nascar, I hope he gets a ride somewhere and in the end, gets some redemption from it all.

  12. Marcus Kincer Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    All I can say is that it is really a shame that someone like Micheal Vick can kill dogs for sport, serve a pitance of a sentence and become somewhat of a hero again and a great driver like Jeremy Mayfield can fail a couple of drug tests (no dogs were harmed) and be booted from NASCAR for good with no second chance. I realize that they are two different types of athletes in two different sports, but, c’mon what kind of standard is being set.

  13. Tony Says:
    February 20th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    i have been watching nascar racing since i was 10 years old i have seen alot of things like this but in a different type of setting. I like mayfield i was always a fan of his i do not believe has ever taken anything like methenfetamine, Nascar on the other hand will not change a decision on somehing like this even if it were a mystake on there part its not gonna happen they will go back and forth until mayfield runs out of funds and meens to fight with the sanction body of nascar and it will be the end of it. I think its totally wrong but its politics and no matter what type of business you are in who has the most money and the biggest lawers will win everytime its not right but its how polotics works i hate it and thats one thing i will always dislike about giant franchise like nascar they wrong or right they have made there stand and they will never change