By admin | October 25, 2009
By Richard Allen
Many racing fans have for some time now accused NASCAR of things such as putting out phony â€˜debrisâ€™ cautions and allowing some teams to get by with rules violations while slapping others with severe penalties for the very same infractions. For that matter, those type accusations are made on this site almost weekly.
However, on the ESPN show â€˜Outside the Linesâ€™ Jeremy Mayfield, who NASCAR claims tested positive for methamphetamines back in May, makes an even more serious allegation against the stock car sanctioning body.
“You use me as an example to let everybody know who may have already tested positive for marijuana, cocaine or whatever, that they haven’t got anybody for, and it puts the fear of God in everybody in the whole sport. I was a good example, a good pawn who wasn’t going to cost them any money at all. I was worth more to them as a failed drug test than I am as a driver, owner for my own team,â€ Mayfield declared.
In other words, according to Mayfield, NASCAR is covering up positive drug tests by major stars. To scare those stars into to stopping their own drug use a dupe was selected to be hammered with a major penalty.
Imagine the uproar if Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards or Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were to test positive and then have to be suspended. Mayfield claims that having one of those drivers, or someone of that caliber, to be suspended would cause fans to stop watching or attending.
Mayfield believes that losing him would cost the sport nothing. Needless to say, this is a very serious claim that goes far beyond phony debris or a car being one-eighth inch too low.
If this allegation were to be true it would mean that NASCAR has used the mafia like tactic of destroying the lives of other people for their own benefit.
Surely the folks at NASCAR are not so foolish as to attempt such a thing. However, it could easily be argued that they already have. Take the case of journeyman driver and car owner Carl Long as an example. For a seemingly minor infraction, Long was belted with one of the most severe penalties in the sportâ€™s history. His career and livelihood were essentially ruined in what many believe was an act carried out to scare bigger name teams.
NASCAR often throws questionable â€˜debrisâ€™ cautions near the end of races to seemingly tighten the field for a staged dash to the finish. However, if they are in the business of destroying lives in order to advance their own cause, as Jeremy Mayfield claims, they are not only playing a dangerous game with their sport but they may even be operating on the wrong side of the law.
Maybe Mayfieldâ€™s accusation is merely the false claim of a desperate man trying to save himself.
But what if he is telling the truth? If so, and one credible doctor or nurse or competitor comes along to corroborate Mayfieldâ€™s story then we could be witnessing the end of NASCAR.
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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