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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