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NASCAR haters may have chosen the wrong hero in Mayfield

By admin | July 20, 2009

By Richard Allen

I do not know with certainty whether Jeremy Mayfield took methamphetamine or not.

I do know that NASCAR has two drug tests that say he did.

I also know that Mayfield and his lawyers have drug tests that say he is clean.

I know that Mayfield’s step-mother claims she saw him use meth on numerous occasions. And along with that, Mayfield claims his step-mother has reason to be less than honest when discussing his past.

But of all the things I know and do not know, perhaps the most important thing for the sport is that there are many out there who have grown discontent with NASCAR and are looking for anyone to be their hero in the cause against the stock car sanctioning body.

For those NASCAR haters, I am afraid you have chosen the wrong hero. I do not write that because I am prepared to say beyond a shadow of a doubt Mayfield is guilty, because I am not. I say it because no matter what you may think or hope, NASCAR is going to win this case.

Just consider one plain and simple fact. NASCAR has the wherewithal to carry this case as far as they need to. I highly doubt that is the true for Mayfield.

Mayfield has said he has backing behind him. But even if that is true, that backer had better have plenty to throw into this cause because it is going to take a lot. Even if his lawyers are working for free, which has been rumored, there will be limitations as to how long that will last.

Mayfield has already had to sell his equipment and is currently being sued by some of his suppliers.

Another problem for Mayfield and his well wishers is that the evidence is very much stacked against him. A reputable drug testing facility has produced a positive sample twice. On the other hand, the defense team had misrepresented the credentials of one of their doctors.

Mayfield claims that NASCAR spiked his sample. This is fuel on the fire for conspiracy theorists. However, without hard evidence that is all it is.

It would be difficult for any judge to believe a doctor would be willing to sacrifice his ability to practice as well as ruin his business just to falsify a test sample for one client. Dr. David Black and his Aegis Laboratories company, who is charged with handling NASCAR’s drug testing program, would be destroyed if a sample were tampered with. That would be a high price to pay just to satisfy one customer.

And perhaps worst of all for Mayfield and those who want so badly for him to win was his recorded explosion of a few days ago. While many may have read his comments aimed at NASCAR chairman Brian France with glee, such a loss of composure and the subsequent name calling and mudslinging rarely helps a defendant’s cause in the long run. Even his own lawyers discouraged Mayfield from doing such interviews.

Along the same lines, many probably saw nothing wrong with Mayfield’s comments regarding his step-mother, but again, such name calling and mudslinging does not help his cause. While some may believe he is doing the right thing by fighting back, others may view his actions as nothing more than the desperation of a guilty person. By taking the course of action he took, Mayfield is playing a dangerous game because there is no telling which way a judge or jury may view his remarks.

Jeremy Mayfield and his team are fighting an uphill battle. There is a preponderance of evidence against their case. And, they have an opponent with very deep pockets.

I know there are many who hope this will be the time NASCAR has finally overstepped its bounds and will get caught. As anyone who has read very many of my columns on this website knows, I am often critical of the way NASCAR goes about its business. However, in this case I believe there is just no way the so called hero can win. There are just too many things working against him, not the least of which is himself.

I , for one, will be very surprised if NASCAR haters find the end result they are hoping for in this case.

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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13 Responses to “NASCAR haters may have chosen the wrong hero in Mayfield”

  1. bart Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 7:37 am

    This is so bizarre..but when you look at high profile past instances….”If the glove don’t must acquit”..”I did not have sex with that woman” and “I am not a crook” stranger things have been recorded in our Nations “entertainment history”. The one thing NASCAR must keep in mind..whether they are right or wrong..the key word here is “entertainment”. Debris cautions are thrown to ramp up the “entertainment value” of a race. Double file restarts have been added for “entertainment value”. Stewart/Busch..Keslowski/Edwards race endings were quite entertaining and media worthy for NASCAR. Heck..even Indy last year could be seen as an “entertaining” incident. My husband and I found ourselves betting on how long before the next car blew a tire… So, in light of all this NASCAR had BETTER find an entertaining ending to this situation..because we all know..there is nothing worse then reading a book..following a story..just to have the ending fall off..a dud..making us think we wasted time in reading the book to begin with…and if that author comes out with another book we don’t buy it…just like we won’t buy NASCAR if this situation doesn’t make us clamor for more…….

  2. Ken Baugh Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Granted, the odds are long and I doubt he’ll win. But, for thought’s sake, here’s a quote from the NY Times of 2/22/90. Remember Tim Richmond?

    ” The report by Roberta Baskin said Richmond was targeted by the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. The report said the racing group went to Tennant to establish a substance-abuse policy with Richmond in mind.

    Nascar, which had no comment to all questions concerning Richmond’s drug tests, told WJLA that it was hiring a replacement for Tennant. Tennant could not be reached for comment.

    A series of drug tests and falsely reported positive results shortly before the 1988 Daytona 500 kept Richmond from driving in what was to have been his last big race, the report said. Richmond died of AIDS last August.”

    Sounds familiar. And Nascar was wrong here, the France family is still there, and maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  3. old an tired Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 11:22 am

    nascar stays on the road its goin wont be on speed or espn be on the soap-opera channell. What do we got to do just to watch a race.

  4. midasmicah Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Mayfield made the mistake of standing up to the dictatorship that is nas$car. If he had just agreed to plead guilty to the charges whether they were true or not, we would not be having this discussion. He chose to fight and this is the result. I thought people were innocent until proven guilty in this country. Guess I was wrong. And am I supposed to believe nas$car when they say Mayfield tested positive a second time. nas$car has egg on their face and they will never forgive mayfield for this. They will use any tactic to destroy him. Mayfield has pretty much acknowleded that he will probably never race again. Shame on the racing media for assuming something just because nas$car says it’s so. Thanks for listening.

  5. ken Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I have found this season to be the most entertaining in some 30 years of following Nascar. Between Carl Long and Jeremy Mayfield, I have not found a dull moment all season. And I haven’t watch a single race this year. Funny how Nascar has come to rank right up there with a few of my favorite shows: Forensic Files, Seconds From Disaster and Destroyed in Seconds.

  6. 40yr. fan Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    The amount of meth, 67,000 ng/ml in NASCAR’s positive sample is remarkable. There’s no way a person with a positive result that “hot”, tests negative a hour later on a gas chromatology/Mass Spectrometry test. The problem lies in Dr. Black’s procedure to deem a test “Normalized”.

    The independant testing facility Labcorp, doesn’t have a dog in this fight. It appears to me, with NASCAR’s hands on approach, that they have most likely spiked this sample. As long as NASCAR handles the samples, the integrity of the test will be questioned.

    Jeremy isn’t a hero, but he sure isn’t a fool. NASCAR’s loss in credibility is immeasurable.

  7. GreenMeansGo Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Jeremy is standing up for the truth, always has and always will, that sure makes him a hero in my eyes!

  8. Brett Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Am I the only one who has forgotten the number 1 rule in NASCAR? It’s NASCAR’s ball and if Mr. France doesn’t like the way the competitors play, NASCAR takes its ball away. Forget drug tests, “failed” inspections, or even out-right felony convictions( does anyone remember Rick Hendricks skipping off to prison?). If NASCAR doesn’t want you around, then save the effort and go home.

  9. Linda Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I can’t wait until NA$CAR proves Mayfield is a druggie. What are all you little ” I hate NA$CAR they suck” kiddies gonna do when NA$CAR proves 100% he is methhead?? I can’t wait to seE you crybabys then!

  10. Jeff Thomas Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm


    I’m guessing Linda must either be Jeremy’s step-mother or ex-wife.

  11. Barry in Tennessee Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    “There’s no way a person with a positive result that “hot”, tests negative a hour later on a gas chromatology/Mass Spectrometry test.”

    Exactly. But remember, his LabCorp test wasn’t directly observed. Which means that Jeremy could have used the sythetic urine at that test that he was planning to use for the NASCAR test, until they foiled that plan by insisting on the direct observe procedure.

  12. Bob Miller Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Finally, an article that doesn’t feel sorry for the methman. One question to all who hate, how do you know more about drug tests than the professionals? Maybe you have studied how to beat them? As he left Penske and Evernham, another fine mess Jeremy………..

  13. Tina Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    First, I think it’s sad that people believe all they read in the media. Truthfully, no one really knows all that NASCAR is capable of. They have the money and all the power to make anything happen that they wish. Second, does anyone not think that Jeremy is being used as an example for the other drivers? This sport could not survive without Jr, and all the other drivers that use illegal drugs. If Jr were “caught” then NASCAR would no longer survive. And lets not forget that we live in a very greedy world, where anyone would do anything for a lot of money. There will never be a way to prove that any of his “positive” samples were being messed with so that NASCAR could have their scape goat. It’s only to get the other drivers to wake up and realize that they better stop using or else. I feel sorry for the pit crew members who have lost their jobs because of NASCAR’s national broadcast of that person’s name. The best thing to do is to have Brian France and all the other higher ups take drug tests as well. I could bet my life that Brian France could never pass one. He has too much white powder on his nose. So, before you go and try to destroy someone else’s name and life, maybe you (Brian France) should set an example and take a drug test too. Oh, wait, we would never know the real results of that! HA