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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