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Is Mayfield bluffing or does he have a winning hand?

By admin | May 21, 2009

By Richard Allen

Sometimes in poker you can get caught up in your own bluff. You’ve got nothing in your hand but you think that by making a big bet you can force the other guy to lay down his cards and thus steal the pot. Amateurs often carry bluffs too far and wind up betting all their chips against someone who actually has a good hand.

We are about to find out if Jeremy Mayfield has gotten caught up in his own bluff or if NASCAR has misread their opponent.

By hiring attorney Bill Diehl, Mayfield has pushed all his chips to the middle of the table. Will NASCAR lay down their cards or match his bet?

Diehl confirmed that he has been hired by the driver who was dealt an indefinite suspension during the Darlington race weekend. “We’re working hard for Jeremy,” Diehl said. “Either we’ll work it out or the court will. We have not filed yet, but we’re working hard. That’s all I can tell you.”

Mayfield contends that the only substance he had taken prior to the Richmond race, where the test was administered, was the allergy reliever Claritin-D.

NASCAR’s top drug tester, Dr. David Black, insists that the drug discovered in Mayfield’s system was not Claritin-D. Black says he personally told Mayfield the results of the test.

“I have no paperwork whatsoever for what I tested for,” Mayfield said. “I don’t. They’ve shown me nothing.”

Here, either one party is lying, or at the least, there is a petty issue of semantics.

By hiring an attorney to pursue this case further, Mayfield is either absolutely certain he is right, or he is hoping NASCAR will fold its hand by settling the matter to avoid more publicity.

Whatever the case, the chips are on the table. We are about to find out what cards each side holds.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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6 Responses to “Is Mayfield bluffing or does he have a winning hand?”

  1. midasmicah Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Knowing Mayfield’s reputation as a straight shooter and the added responsibilty of being an owner-driver I just don’t think he’d be stupid enough to take a chance on ruining his career by taking a controled substance. Especially with nas$cars zero tolerance drug program. We’ll see. I could be wrong.

  2. amy anderson Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 9:07 am

    It could also be the other way around-maybe it is NASCAR that has pushed the chips to the middle of the table and has overplayed its hand. Just maybe they are the true amateurs. Considering how they run the organization, I would appear to be so. And again, it is another example of penalizing from the bottom of the ladder, hoping that the lessons will travel up. It would not surprise me to learn that some of the top stars have been caught, but not punished and they are using Jeremy to warn them what can happen the next time. Stranger things have certainly occurred and let’s face it, NASCAR’s track record of being above board and consistent isn’t the greatest.

  3. cindy Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I don’t buy Mayfield’s rant for one second. Gregg Biffle said yesterday, that he trusts NASCAR and Aegis Labs. He said he thinks when you test positive, it’s blakc and white.

    So far, NOT one driver has sided with Mayfield. That says a lot to me. Also, Mayfield trusted the lab when his crew guy tested positive. Mayfield fired the guy based on Aegis Lab results. Mayfield’s dirty.

  4. Chuck Allen Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    No drivers have PUBLICLY sided with Jeremy. That would be career suicide. Rocking the NASCAR boat is not a wise move. Jeremy has been given no other choice. Again, his crew guy tested positive, yes, but again we don’t know what for. Jeremy seemed to agree with the results of Paul Chodora’s test. He could have been doing something far worse for all we know. He obviously feels he is correct in doing this, so let’s see what happens.He said he respects and believes the drug policy is a good thing, but this particular case may have different circumstances. I wonder what the other competitors who have raced with him the last 17 years are really thinking. Jeremy doesn’t seem to be the perihah among those guys that he has been made out to be. I have heard positive remarks from numerous people from Kasey Kahne to Jeff Gordon to….Ray Evernham.

  5. Ken Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Either way I think both sides come out looking bad here. Neither side has handled this situation well at all and regardless of whether or not this goes to court, I think this is a big negative for both NASCAR and Jeremy.

  6. LB Says:
    May 23rd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I do not understand why Mayfield has never revealed what his prescription was. And I do not understand why NASCAR doesn’t reveal what Mayfield tested positive for. It seems both of these issues might help clear the situation up. Something’s not right here. I believe Mayfield is banking on the fact that NASCAR won’t reveal what the substance was he tested positive for. But if I ran NASCAR, I would definitely tell what it was to help dispel Mayfield’s claims. But as long as they don’t, there are going to be people who feel Mayfield is being accused falsely.

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