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What if Jeremy Mayfield’s latest accusation is true?

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 ‘debris’ 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 ‘Outside the Lines’ 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,” 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 sport’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 ‘debris’ 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 Mayfield’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 Mayfield’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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11 Responses to “What if Jeremy Mayfield’s latest accusation is true?”

  1. Todd Crane Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 5:25 am

    How many times has a VERY important man in NA$CAR gotten off the hook, for what some people in the know call him coke-head?

  2. sobrairk Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I think Mayield hit the nail on the head. NA$CAR has a long history of harboring convicted felons.

  3. Conor Todd Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I have attended a (Cup) race, the yellow thrown for debris, and the safty crew never even bothered to hit the track.
    As far as Mayfield, I have to agree with Jeremy, I have never been a fan of the fellow, but from day one of this whole deal the sanctioning body has seemed very suspect. Do I think some of the “super stars” of the sport are abusing? No, there are guys like Jeff Burton that would A; blow the whistle or B; refuse to put his life in danager by racing around some idiot(s) that wants to put that junk in their body(ies). There is a compleate and udder lack of leadership in Daytona, that fell away when Bill Jr. stepped down and the passing of Dale. The problems and mis-direction of the sport go far beyond Carl Long and
    Jeremy Mayfield, these men, these victoms, are just addtional doses of the bad taste the fellas in Daytona keep dishing out, as they slowly continue to destroy a once awesome sport.

  4. Wayne Morgan Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Does anybody remember Tim Richman? Me thinks too many people drink the NA$CAR kool aid way to often.

  5. Bob Dempsey Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Bingo on the reference to Tim Richmond! A most disgraceful chapter in the history of racing and the goobers from the same tree are running NASCAR now.

    It would be difficult to this day to get anyone to talk about the threats, direct and implied, that NASCAR made to drivers who gave Richmond a hint of support.

  6. Curt Massey Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    NASCAR has left many trashed lives & careers for their benefit over the years. As mentioned Carl Long, Tim Richmond as well as Curtis Turner & others.

    But they have now stooped to an all time low.

  7. Flash Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    NASCAR fixing drug test and ruining peoples lives? You guys have got to be kidding me. Throwing “debris” cautions is one thing but fixed drug test is a completely different story and can’t even be compared. Mayfield is fighting NASCAR and therefore has to try to present a case in his defense that is all this was.

  8. Brenda Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Makes you wonder if Jeremy had gone along with them about putting a younger driver behind the wheel - if they’d be putting him thru this bs. Don’t play along, and see what you get?! Hope you see the biggest settlement in history, Jeremy - that is - if ‘lil France doens’t run the sport into the ground before then……

  9. Larry Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Makes you wonder if Jimmy winning 4 in a row isn’t fixed. Doesn’t that make Nascar a headliner, never in the history of the sport, BLA BLA BLA, gets the heat off from all this other bs. Go for it Jeremy hope you win

  10. Jeff Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    NASCAR since lil France took over is going down hill and gaining speed. I used to go to 4 races a year, now I dont go to one nor have a sat and watched a race this year. I turned to the NHRA and am giving them my money now. I think Jeremy has head the nail on the head! As for NASCAR blaming the economy for the decrease in attendance, just look at a NFL, NCAA, or NHL game…. I see no problems there.

  11. LB Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I work in a drug and alcohol rehab clinic , I give methadone out like candy and see drug and alcohol abusers all day and night , many people say meth useres lose their teeth get bad skin and leth themselves go , this is true to a degree BUT if jeremy abused drugs for 12 years and his drug of choice is meth he is one of the best looking functional junkies I have ever seen , short term meth users can keep up appearances but 12 years ? this is an evil drug that robs a person of everything in life and it takes it piece by piece , I really find it hard to believe he hid it from all of his crew , fellow crew members , drivers , owners , meth users stay up for days at a time and when the high wears off either snort or smoke it again or sleep for hours they go from the top of the mountain to the bottom in 12 18 hrs or days depending on how long the binge is , I also have a few friends who work or who have worked in nascar and one worked on the 98 car when he drove it for cale yarborough and he said jeremy was at the shop all of the time and never looked high , thats another thing has anyone seen a person high on meth with eyes as big as saucers , sweaty , very talkative and rambling , as my grandma used to say somebodys been messin in the wood pile