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NASCAR vs. Mayfield: Key witness loses lots of crediblity

By admin | August 19, 2009

By Richard Allen

I’m no lawyer, but I’m thinking that having one of your key witnesses in a court proceeding get arrested for trespassing on the property of the other litigant can’t be a good thing.

Well, that’s exactly what happened in the case of NASCAR vs. Jeremy Mayfield.

Mayfield’s failed drug tests and the subsequent wrangling by both he and NASCAR has been well documented. And even more, the dirty laundry of the Mayfield family has been aired out in front of a national audience.

Mayfield’s step-mother, Lisa Mayfield, took NASCAR’s side in the drug testing drama when she came out and declared that she had seen Mayfield use methamphetamines on multiple occasions.

Mayfield countered those claims by issuing some charges of his own. He says that his father’s death, which has been ruled a suicide, was in fact inflicted by Lisa Mayfield and he is prepared to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against her to make his case.

The Mayfield family drama took another wild turn just nights ago when Lisa Mayfield was arrested for allegedly trespassing on the property of Jeremy and Shana Mayfield. To make matters worse for the step-mother, she reportedly also hurled serious threats toward her step-son and his wife.

Since, Shana Mayfield has taken out a restraining order against Lisa Mayfield saying that her husband’s step-mother issued death threats during the alleged trespassing incident.

As far as NASCAR is concerned, the real issue now relates to the credibility of one of their key witnesses in a court case due to be heard next year. There is no way the events of the past few days could have helped the sanctioning body’s case.

Believing someone who has acted as recklessly as Lisa Mayfield has been accused of would be difficult for a jury or judge to say the least. That is, of course, if the events of the past few days are allowed in the NASCAR vs. Mayfield case.

Each side has had its share of embarrassing or seemly episodes throughout this drama. This time it was NASCAR’s turn, and this was a particularly embarrassing and damaging episode.

I do not know who is right and who is wrong in this case. Each side has presented evidence that would cause me to believe their side. And conversely, each side has had things happen that would cause me to disbelieve their side.

As I said above, I am no attorney. But, it would seem to me that NASCAR had better have more going for it than the testimony of Lisa Mayfield.

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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8 Responses to “NASCAR vs. Mayfield: Key witness loses lots of crediblity”

  1. Charlie Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 5:05 am

    NASCAR needs to settle this one. They are going to lose, big time, in the big court. They gambled on Federal Court and lost. True, the appeals court did issue a stay on the Judge’s ruling but once Bill Diehl rips into some of the NASCAR folks in court, they lose.
    Just think, Helton and France, under oath, with the fear of perjury. It doesn’t get any better than that!

  2. Mike Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Brian France’s ego and arrogance will be his downfall when the Mayfield lawsuit finally happens. He has no fear of perjuring himself. Aegis and Dr Black have already lost a false positive case in Nashville. Lisa Mayfield had no credibility to begin with. With NASCAR/ISC’s continued financial losses, Mayfield could very well end up owning NASCAR and Brian France’s backside.

  3. bart Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 6:57 am

    There is one glitch in this whole Mayfield mess that I can’t get by … Shana Mayfield. I am married..and if this were my situation..and if my husband was accused of doing drugs to the extent Mayfield has been accused..I pretty much think I would know if he was or wasn’t. If my husband was taking drugs..there is no way in hell I would let him eat up the family funds, make a fool of himself in public, lie under oath, make accusations against a family member, and most importantly continue to take the drugs while I lived under the same roof. Unless Mrs. Mayfield is doing the same drugs her husband is accused of taking..she holds the key to this entire mess. I understand a wife doesnt’ have to testify against her she’s under no obligation to tell what she knows. But if she is living a lie..and letting her drugged up husband drag both of them down she’s a bigger fool then the druggie himself. I just have a hard time believing this is the case….there has to be more to this entire situation……

  4. Travis Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Hey Mike,
    Where did you here about another false positive lawsuit? That’s the first I’ve heard about it and I can’t find anything about it on the net.

  5. Jerry Jones Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Nascar has definately taken an old school mentality on this whole mess (Rule # 1: The boss is always right). Right or wrong Nascar chose to make an example of Jeremy and won’t back down. And make no mistake, Jeremy’s racing career is over, at least in Nascar. But this whole mess raises an awful lot of questions. In the NFL for example hardly a week goes by without a player being suspended for violating drug policy, yet in Nascar no one else seems to be in trouble. Are they that clean or just that quiet? Has Nascar decided to alter it’s testing & punishments after the Mayfield mess? Or are they simply clamping down on the information? In the NFL no one can keep a secret if their life depended on it. 2 days before it happened there was a blog saying everyone on the Vikings “knew” Farve was coming. But in Nascar all communication is approved by the trailer or you don’t come to the track next weekend and that goes for everyone from the drivers to the guy unloading the truck. Shortly after this all started and some drivers seemed to be joining Jeremy’s side in questionig the whole system Nascar had one of those “meetings”. All of a sudden all the drivers were on board and on message and nothing was released to the public. Control of information is the first rule of a dictatorship and despite all the columns and blogs and “reporters” around Nascar no one has any digging power. ESPN guys are in bed with a TV contract, and little bloggers can simply be shut out. As long as things stay the way they are it’s the France family ball and they get to decide who will play.

  6. DL Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Travis, I found it by searching for “aegis sciences” and “denial false positive”. Because all results are so clogged with Mayfield it was buried about 7 pages deep.

  7. John Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    My prediction; in about 12 months, NA$CAR will settle out of court for with Jeremy. Jeremy will get a big payoff providing he can wait that long.

  8. Gary Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    John - The trial is in 14 months, so Jeremy is waiting anyways. And Jeremy Isn’t gonna take a settlement he wants to clear his name not just become rich.