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Jeremy Mayfield story a sad one

By admin | May 3, 2012

By Richard Allen

 

On April 30th a North Carolina bank purchased the home of Jeremy Mayfield and the former NASCAR driver was given ten days to move off the property. This was just another chapter in a long and sad story that brought about the end of what at one time looked to be a promising racing career.

Mayfield won five Sprint Cup races and finished inside the top-10 of the overall standings on three separate occasions. Perhaps his most well known winning moment came in June of 2000 when he bumped Dale Earnhardt, Sr. out of the way in the final turn at the Pocono Raceway and later used one of The Intimidator’s famous phrases in victory lane by claiming he only meant to “rattle his cage”.

However, Mayfield’s career, and life for that matter, began to take a series of twists and turns that eventually brought him to the point at which he lost his home this past Monday. Many claim that the driver’s troubles can be traced back to a time in which he claimed that then car owner Ray Evernham was involved in an inappropriate relationship with driver Erin Crocker. After that revelation, Mayfield and Evernham split midway through the 2006 season.

From that point, Mayfield never landed another full time ride.

But it was in the spring of 2009 when Mayfield’s career came completely off the rails. In a press conference at the Darlington Raceway, NASCAR officials announced that the owner/driver had failed a drug test and that he was suspended indefinitely as a result. Specifically, the drug to have been found in his system was the highly potent and addictive methamphetamine.

Mayfield retaliated by claiming the test had been flawed due to his use of a combination of the allergy medicine Claritin-D and doctor prescribed Adderall. A second test done by the Aegis Laboratories again came back positive for methamphetamines while the driver paid for his own test done by another lab which he says revealed no unapproved substance use.

And as outlandish as the story has sounded so far, it only got worse in the following weeks and months. Mayfield’s step-mother levied accusations that she had indeed witnessed her step-son using drugs and he countered by insisting that she had played a role in his father’s death, which had been ruled a suicide.

Further adding to the drama were a somewhat vocal group of supporters who rallied behind Mayfield and claimed any number of conspiracy theories on his behalf. NASCAR and its chairman, Brian France, were out to get their hero was often stated on message boards and social networking sites by these followers.

Mayfield has since been arrested on charges that he was in possession of stolen property. He has given up on trying to get his case against NASCAR heard by the Supreme Court, as he once claimed he would.

After a series of expensive court battles to defend himself and to take on NASCAR, Jeremy Mayfield arrived at the place he found himself on Monday morning. His home being sold at auction and his racing career far behind in the rear view mirror.

Whether you believe Mayfield was indeed a drug user who carelessly tossed his own life into its current tailspin or you believe he was indeed framed by higher powers, there is one irrefutable truth. A racing career, and more importantly a life, has been turned in the wrong direction. And that is truly a shame.

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7 Responses to “Jeremy Mayfield story a sad one”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 4th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Rich, I know this doesn’t do Short Track USA any favors as they need to know who’s good for kids and not just pray the feel good stories of Mayfield’s Career as an ODB Sized Denial.

  2. Michael in SoCal Says:
    May 4th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    RIP ODB, RIP MCA.

    Not really Nascar related, but Tony mentioned ODB, and MCA died today, so RIP.

    As for the Mayfield saga, it really is a sad one. The guy could drive, and what about his hair and his teeth? He put Edwards to shame with them!

  3. Chris Fiegler Says:
    May 4th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Do you think that Jeremy Mayfield will race at another auto racing series in the future since he is banned from NASCAR?

  4. mwcook Says:
    May 4th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Evanham got mad when mayfield told he was having an affair with erin crocker. evanham he had more power with nascar. mayfield sure has lost a lot if he is not guilty. Nascar rules the Judges they all went for nascar, shame

  5. sylvia richardson Says:
    May 4th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    i am all for jeremy. GOD BLESS YOU JEREMY. HOLD ON THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. AND IN TIME YOUR NAME WILL BE CLEARED.

  6. HILDABEACHFRONT Says:
    May 4th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I am a friend and fan of Jeremy Mayfield. Jeremy wanted to race, that’s all he ever wanted to do. Jeremy was working real hard to keep his team agoing, when all this drug mess started. All I will say is Jeremy is innocent, money can buy whatever you want, even if you want a good man’s name ruined.So, now it’s all done, Jeremy is going no farther with his suit, he has lost his house, career,but one thing…Jeremy has friends and fans that love him and Shana very much, they will get moved out of this place, and move somewheres else. Hopefully the future holds good things for Jeremy.
    I miss you driving Jeremy my fiend. I hope the future holds happiness for you and Shana.

  7. Robert Hall Says:
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Raya E did get a divorce and marry Erin Crocker, so Jeremy was right. Nascar was out to get Jeremy after his little jumping on the roof trick at Pocono. That said, it certainly appears that he was involved with drugs and that is too bad.

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