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NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has had a rough 2009, as he became the first driver suspended under the racing series' new drug policy. Mayfield reportedly tested positive for methamphetamines in May, and was suspended by NASCAR as a result. Lawyers for the embattled driver argued that the test was a false positive due to a mixture of prescription drugs Mayfield was taking for allergies and ADD.

The suspension was later lifted, but Mayfield has allegedly tested positively for Meth a second time on July 6, prompting NASCAR lawyers to ask a judge to reinstate the ban. Lawyers for Mayfield are accusing NASCAR of not following the rules of the drug testing policy, saying they have the right to request an independent laboratory test a so-called "B sample."

The latest filing from NASCAR included an affidavit by Mayfield's estranged step mom, Lisa Mayfield, which stated that she saw Mayfield snort meth on "at least 30 times" during a seven year period. Mayfield's ex-stepmother also stated she witnessed him use meth before a race at Darlington Raceway back in 1999. In response, Mayfield reportedly said: "I'm not even going to call that lady my stepmom,... she's a very evil lady who can be bought."

Mayfield has repeatedly denied that he has a drug problem, and he has intimated that NASCAR may be framing him. USA Today is reporting that in a Sirius Satellite Radio interview, Mayfield said "I didn't think they were going to come back and say I was clean. They have a hard time admitting when they're wrong." Lawyers for Mayfield have gone even farther, writing in a report that "NASCAR is absolutely corrupted by power, and it's untenable motion to stay should be denied."

Regardless of whether Mayfield wins his appeal, there is no telling when he'll be back on the track. He's missed the last two races, and even though he's been eligible to race, he no longer has any employees working for his team.

Is it just us, or is Formula One's behind-the-scenes soap opera suddenly playing second fiddle?

[Source: USA Today | Image: Chris Graythen/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Roids is to baseball.

      As meth is to NASCAR?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This makes me wonder just how sophisticated NASCARS's drug testing program really is if Mayfield is the only driver to have failed a test. Seriously, every other sports from tennis to football has athletes failing drug tests seemingly every week, so why should NASCAR be any different, but then the powers that be have always tried to sweep bad stuff under the carpet as they did with Tim Richmonds being diagnosed with AIDS some years back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please excuse the long response. But beyond the cheap cracks (pun intended) here, there are some real things to consider:

      1) 20 years ago NASCAR went through much the same thing with another driver. Tim Richmond was banned under the sanctioning body's previous drug testing policy of testing under "suspicion" of drug abuse. Richmond explained his personally embarrassing situation to NASCAR and was reinstated, then someone within the sanctioning body leaked that the positive resulted from drugs he was taking to fight HIV. Richmond, once one of NASCAR's promising new stars, was run out of racing as a pariah and died of complications from full-blown AIDS less than three years later.

      2) Mayfield was taking Adderall, a prescribed medication for a diagnosed ADD condition. In addition he was taking Claritin-D to deal with sinus problems. I can understand why he would be hesitant to talk about being a race car driver treated for ADD. I don't take Adderall, but I have been known to take -- and exceed written directions -- for pseudoephedrine-based sinus medicine when my sinuses are acting up. Today's non-ephedrine based sinus medicines are useless for me. Both drugs have been known to create false positive results for amphetamines, and in combination are all but guaranteed to cause a false positive result.

      3) NASCAR is not above playing favorites and putting the screws to little guys. As has been mentioned previously in this thread, the sanctioning body suspended backmarker Carl Long for 12 races and fined him $200,000 for showing up with an engine built by a third party for .17 cubic inches oversize. That car hadn't even qualified for the race when the penalty was assessed. It's effectively put Long's struggling race team out of business. Last week, NASCAR fined top tier team owner Richard Childress Racing $25,000 and no suspension for racing a car outside of its specifications and garnering a measurable competitive advantage.

      4) NASCAR isn't above smearing anyone who challenges its sense of order. After NASCAR official Mauricia Grant reported that she was being harassed by other officials, she was summarily fired without explanation. When Grant filed a $225 million lawsuit, NASCAR made an effort to smear her job performance with the sanctioning body. Grant responded by showing her exemplary employee reviews issued up to the point she was fired without explanation. The case was settled earlier this year with an undisclosed but "substantial" settlement paid to Grant by NASCAR.

      Bottom line: I'm not a lawyer. I don't even play one on TV. But Mayfield has one of the Southeast's top lawyers defending him, is taking drug tests with independent third parties whenever he takes one with NASCAR. Those aren't the kinds of moves you see from someone who doesn't believe he's in the right. The sanctioning body is working hard to smear Mayfield's reputation, from proven false accusations against defense witnesses to a recently produced affidavit from his estranged stepmother that says she's witnessed him taking speed some 30 times over the last several years. NASCAR has probably destroyed whatever's left of Jeremy Mayfield's racing career, but they're probably going to pay big for doing it. And should.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who can blame him? You'd have to take meth just to watch NASCAR.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here comes the daily dose of NASCAR hate on Autoblog and the F1 elitists out of the woodwork.

      Yes we all know NASCAR is not as sophisticated in its technology.

      As someone who enjoys all racing, I think it's foolish to bash one series over the other. Be glad we have choices.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I think meth and hillbilly racing go together perfectly. Didn't NASCAR start with former moonshine runners?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Why should I have all the fun?

        NASCAR was started when they used to race stock cars on Daytona Beach. They would go down the beach, turn around, and go on the road, go down the strip, turn, and go down the beach again, ETC. It actually took skill, making tight turns on and off of sand and tarmac.

        Don't quote me, but I know I saw a Fifth Gear special on it, and some guy said it was more challenging than driving an Indy Car, since you are always on the edge of control, and could lose it so easily.

        Granted, it is still stupid and boring...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Mayfield has repeatedly denied that he has a drug problem, and he has intimated that NASCAR may be framing him."

      It's a good thing that Meth doesn't make you paranoid... oh wait...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, well another major F up and would you not know it dealing with Toy ota

      Never fails when any riceball nameplate buys their way into some racing series that not long afterward they are caught cheating and and one of their drivers caught on drugs.

      Cannot blame him for you have to be drugged up to drive a POS ricer and with a straight face say that their street production cars comes with American V8 and drivetrains in them

      As to the one poster your also FOS, in the few years TOY ota has been in NASCAR they have been caught cheating more then all other nameplates combined.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those teeth don't look very Meth Mouth to me. Must be false.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With the money he makes in Nascar, I wouldn't be surprised if he plopped down the $7+k for some fronts on your teeth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I live in Nevada, I know all about meth mouth :-(

        Can't you take meth other ways, though?
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL. My EXACT first thought...
        • 5 Years Ago
        In fact, they're too perfect. I call dentures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      You try making 300 left turns. Probably helps him concentrate.

      NASCAR unfortunately is going the way of the Dodo. Well maybe not entirely. The sport will go to where it was in the 80's. Fewer sponsors, no Dodge half the regular effort from the other automakers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's just trying to appeal to his fan base.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm no NASCAR hater as I've been a fan of the sport since the late 1960's. That being said, I find the current leadership in NASCAR to be a bunch of incompetent twits who form what I call the "redneck mafia" and are inconsistent with rules application, have Jimmy Johnson as their champion even though he and his race team have been PENALIZED no less than 13 times FOR CHEATING (note: they've only been CAUGHT 13 times and penalized - my guess they have actually cheated more times than this - afterall, their team owner was a convicted Felon for defrauding customers - but he was pardoned by an impeached President).

      I don't know if Mayfield is guilty or not, but my guess is that NASCAR is playing fast and loose with the rules here and if they can't police a yellow line, car configuration, cheating on rules, and dropping the red/yellow flag at suspicious times, then how can we trust them on drug testing?
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