Drug Policy: see the Charlotte Observer for
NASCAR's Drug Policy (pdf)
Mayfield's lawsuit (pdf)
The Mayfield Story | Part I - "The Fall".(5-6-2014)
Mayfield adamant he didn't use drugs: Jeremy Mayfield has learned never to say never but it appears that any chance of him returning to NASCAR racing is slim as he remains adamant that he did not use methamphetamine and does not need to go through NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. In an hour-long interview Wednesday with Sporting News, Mayfield covered a wide range of topics that stemmed from his 2009 drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines. "I don't use drugs, for sure," Mayfield said. "I don't drink. I might have a couple of beers a year, maybe. ... I don't steal. I haven't broke into any buildings and stole race parts and stuff."(see full story and interview at the sportingnews.com)(6-12-2014)
Mayfield to be interviewed by Sporting News: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's 2009 drug suspension and lawsuit against NASCAR still has plenty of people scratching their heads. And it's a story that Mayfield hopes is not over as he attempts to resume his racing career. Mayfield will sit down with Sporting News writer Bob Pockrass for an interview at 1:00pm/et on Wednesday June 11. But this will be different than Mayfield's past interviews with Sporting News. This one will be streamed live. Fans can hear Mayfield's story in his own words and make their own decisions about how they view the former NASCAR star. The only driver to openly fight his suspension over a violation of the sport's substance-abuse policy, Mayfield remains suspended from all NASCAR activity. More info at Sportingnews.com and check out Mayfield's website.(6-11-2014)
Mayfield pleads guilty to possession of stolen goods: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Mayfield will serve no jail time, but will have to pay $88,124.41 in restitution to the victims. $60,000 of that was paid Monday, with the rest being paid Tuesday, officials told WBTV. He will serve a 45-day suspended sentence and 18 months of unsupervised probation. Mayfield's home in Catawba County was searched in 2011 and items alleged to be stolen were taken by law enforcement as evidence. Mayfield was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR in May 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine.(WBTV)(1-7-2014)
Firefighters burn former Mayfield mansion Thursday night: Firefighters went ahead with a scheduled burn of Jeremy Mayfield's former mansion. Neighbors tell us the house went up very quickly, much of it gone in less than an hour. Smoke was still rising from the home Thursday night that was once owned by former NASCAR driver Mayfield. The mansion was scheduled to be burned to the ground Dec. 14 by the Catawba Fire Department as a training exercise. The original training exercise was canceled due to inclement weather. Viewers sent photographs at the height of the fire in what the fire chief described as a training exercise after the new owner decided to burn it. The new property owner said he wants to farm the land where the house sat.()(12-20-2013)
Jeremy Mayfield's $1.3M mansion to be burned down UPDATE: A million dollar mansion once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield will be burned to the ground this weekend. Mayfield was evicted from the property last year after financial troubles stemming from a failed drug test in 2009 that banned him from racing. Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty was the only reporter allowed in the house that at one time was valued at $1.8 million. The 12,000-square-foot house isn't worth that anymore and by Saturday afternoon, much of it will be gone. Everything in the seven-bedroom, seven-bath house is stripped down from the windows to the wiring. Neighbors said Mayfield tried to renovate the home, but when he was banned from racing and arrested for possession of meth and stolen property work on the home came to an abrupt halt. Catawba Fire Chief Donald Robinson will oversee the controlled burn. He said the new owners no longer want the home that is worth just over $300,000 dollars. Burning it will take it off the tax books while providing training for firefighters in the county. Mayfield told Channel 9 he has no plans to watch the home burn. Mayfield is scheduled to go back before a judge early next month where he faces several felony charges.(WSOC TV)(12-13-2013)
UPDATE: Inclement weather has forced officials to cancel the burning of Jeremy Mayfield's former mansion, Eyewitness News learned Friday. The $2 million dollar mansion once owned by Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was scheduled to be burned to the ground this Saturday by the Catawba Fire Department as a training exercise.
Mayfield called Channel 9 Wednesday night and said he doesn't plan to watch the $2 million home burn to the ground. Mayfield tagged WSOC-TV in a tweet Thursday saying, "Hate 2 see our previous residence burned down however, I've always loved a good bonfire. Out of the ashes a Phoenix will rise @WSOC_TV." Channel 9 will provide updates when the burning is rescheduled.(WSOC TV)(12-14-2013)
Mayfield's motion to throw out search warrant denied: Former NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield was hoping a ruling from a judge Wednesday would solve his legal troubles in Catawba County. Instead, the ruling means he likely will go to trial on charges of possession of stolen goods, possession of methamphetamine and several other charges. Mayfield's attorneys had filed a motion to throw out a search warrant that was obtained by law enforcement in 2011 and led to the discovery of what authorities believe were stolen goods and methamphetamine in Mayfield's Catawba County home. The defense argued that there was no credible basis for the warrant to be issued. Catawba County Sheriff's Lt. Aaron Turk testified he obtained the warrant after speaking with an informant. Turk said the informant was John Franklin, a convicted felon who was facing more drug charges when he spoke with him. He was killed last year in a motorcycle wreck while fleeing from police. His girlfriend, who was riding with him, died as well. Methamphetamine was found on the motorcycle after the wreck. Despite that, the court ruled that the search warrant was properly handled and denied the defense motion to throw it out.(WBTV)(4-4-2013)
Some charges against Mayfield dropped: Jeremy Mayfield's quest to race in NASCAR again has taken a positive turn as 10 felony burglary-related charges were dropped in Iredell County because the primary witness against him died in a motorcycle accident last year. Mayfield, suspended by NASCAR in May 2009 for a failed drug test, still faces nine felony charges in two other North Carolina counties. Some of the Iredell County charges - stemming from alleged burglaries at Red Bull Racing and Fitz Motorsports - were dropped in November and the final one was dropped March 6, according to the court file. The dismissal sheets state that there is insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution because "co-defendant/primary witness against defendant is deceased" and "witness who can establish property was stolen from alleged victim is deceased." The co-defendant in the case is John Kavann Franklin, who died following an aborted police chase on Sept. 16. Mayfield and Franklin were indicted April 2, 2012 on charges in Iredell County. Mayfield also was charged in those cases in Catawba County, N.C., because that is where he allegedly had the possession of the stolen goods. He faces three possession of stolen goods charges, one charge of obtaining property under false pretense and one methamphetamine possession charge in Catawba, while he faces four larceny charges - for stolen goods unrelated to the race-team property - in Caldwell County. Those two counties share a prosecutor's office. Mayfield's next court date is April 1 in Catawba County court. Mayfield has been discussing a possible plea deal the last few months but there has been no resolution and Mayfield has vowed not to make any plea that results in jail time.(Sporting News)(3-18-2013)
Mayfield: "I'll do whatever they want me to do": If former NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield and the district attorney's office can't agree on a plea deal before March, the case against him inCaldwellCountycould end up going to trial. Superior Court Judge Beverly Beal agreed on Wednesday to continue Mayfield's case to March 4. Mayfield faces four felony larceny charges inCaldwellCounty. Also pending against Mayfield are felony possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods/property and felony obtaining property by false pretense inCatawbaCounty. In addition, he faces a felony breaking and or entering and felony larceny after breaking/entering charges inIredellCounty. Beal asked whether there has been a plea offer made to Mayfield. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith told Beal the discovery process in the case is ongoing. Smith said there have been conversations between the two sides about a plea agreement. After moving the case to March 4, Beal said unless there is a plea agreement the case is subject to being placed on the trial calendar. After his brief appearance in court, Mayfield fielded questions from various media who showed up at Caldwell County Courthouse on Wednesday to cover the case. Mayfield said he hasn't been involved in any of the conversations concerning a plea agreement but he's ready to get something done. He again said he wouldn't take a plea that involves a felony or jail time.
And Mayfield is serious about getting back to racing. "I'll do whatever they want me to do," Mayfield said Wednesday.(Hickory Record)(1-17-2013)
Mayfield calls radio show to question France UPDATE: An offseason NASCAR radio show took a bizarre turn Tuesday night when suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield called in to confront NASCAR CEO Brian France on the air. Mayfield, who spent more than three years fighting a NASCAR-imposed suspension after he tested positive for methamphetamines, placed a call to the Motor Racing Network's NASCAR Live show as France made a guest appearance.
The driver, who said he was considering a plea deal this week over multiple felony charges, got his call put through to France and host Eli Gold, who welcomed him to the show.
"I thought I would just call in and see how you guys were doing, Brian, Eli," Mayfield said. "Haven't been around much to talk to you guys lately, and just wanted to ask Brian if he's willing to accept the fact I'd like to come back racing and if we could sit down and talk about it and figure out what we need to do to make that work."
"Well, Jeremy, you know the path back for you - it's the path back for anybody," [France] said. "I've always hoped you would choose the right path and not litigation and a bunch of other things, but that's up to you and you have a welcome mat out anytime you want. There's a stated process that AJ Allmendinger just went through and we welcomed him back, and it's terrific. That's up to you."
Mayfield quickly got off the air after France's response. "OK, well, I appreciate that," Mayfield said. "I didn't mean to bother you on the show, but it's the only way I could get ahold of you and I figured it would be a great opportunity to do that."(USA Today)(1-9-2013)
UPDATE: Looking back, Mayfield says there are things he would let go rather than fight, and he would pick his battles more carefully if he gets a second chance. He's hoping for that second chance after he gets his legal troubles behind him, which he hopes will happen soon. "I'm willing to do the program, and I hope they'll tailor-fit the program to Jeremy Mayfield," Mayfield said. "I'm ready, willing and able to do anything they ask, as long as it's tailor-fitted to me." Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR in May 2009 when he tested positive for methamphetamine, something he denies. He maintains the results of the drug test were due to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall and the allergy drug Claritin-D.(Hickory Record Interview in part)(1-10-2013)
Mayfield plea deal underway: A judge agreed Monday to keep open former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's case in Catawba County Superior Court this week. Mayfield's Attorney David Freedman and the district attorney's office appear to be trying to work out a deal. "Communication is open," Mayfield said Monday. "We'll see how it goes." Mayfield said he will not take any kind of plea deal that would mean jail time. Mayfield was in court Monday on felony possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods/property and felony obtaining property by false pretense. All five charges stem from a search investigators conducted on Mayfield's property on Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba on Nov. 1, 2011. Law enforcement found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in a safe in Mayfield's home, as well as sound equipment and electronics, Red Bull Racing signs, tools and furniture that were reported stolen, according to indictments. Mayfield is also accused of selling a metal surface plate to a company for $1,200. The surface plate belonged to someone else. He has a court date in Caldwell County Superior Court Monday on four felony larceny counts. "I'm ready to put this behind me, and I'm ready to move on with my life," Mayfield said Monday before going into court. Mayfield said he knows he can't do anything with the charges hanging over his head. He would like to be reinstated in NASCAR and maybe do some drag racing.(Hickory Record)(1-8-2013)
Mayfield's house, land taken by mortgage company: The Catawba County Sheriff's Office served an order of possession on the former home and land of ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield on Wednesday. Sheriff's Sgt. Kerry Hayer said officers went to Mayfield's unfinished house at 6397 Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba and changed the exterior locks on the property. In addition to the house and its surrounding land, the order of possession directed the transfer of the land and buildings Mayfield owned at 6395 Hudson Chapel Road and 1877 Bolton Road to Carolina Farm Credit.(more at the Hickory Record)(12-1-2012)
Mayfield moves: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has moved from his recently foreclosed-on property in Catawba County, N.C., but will get to enjoy the holidays while awaiting his next legal battle. The former Sprint Cup driver, who unsuccessfully challenged in court the results of his 2009 drug test and remains suspended by NASCAR, faces one felony count of methamphetamine possession and 18 felony charges related to stolen goods found on his former property. Those charges are spread across three North Carolina counties. His latest court appearance was Monday in Statesville, N.C., where the case was continued to Feb. 18.
He also has upcoming court dates-designated as administrative hearings where the attorneys report to the judge on the case's status-on Dec. 3 in Newton, N.C., and Jan. 14 in Lenoir, N.C. Following his court appearance Monday, Mayfield confirmed that he and his wife, Shana, have moved to a new location. "We've moved," Mayfield said. "Everything is really good."(Sporting News)(11-27-2012)
Mayfield vows to return to racing: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday but his case was continued until Dec. 3. But standing outside of a Catawba County courtroom on Tuesday, Mayfield maintains he's not guilty of the charges and plans to fight the charges and get back into some type of racing. "That's what I would like to do," Mayfield said. He said he might get into drag racing and maybe run a few dirt races.
Mayfield said he's ready to start a new chapter of his life. "We're just trying to get all this behind us and move forward," Mayfield said speaking of him and his wife, Shana. He said he and his wife are doing well. Back in May, Shana Mayfield filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, allowing the couple to remain in their home. Mayfield said he's been doing some consulting work with a couple of race teams but he would not say who the teams are, only that they are friends. Mayfield said he's also working on a partnership with another man to start a precious metals recycling business. He has court date Monday in Caldwell County on felony larceny charges. Mayfield also has a date for Iredell County Superior Court on Sept. 17 for charges of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering trailer/aircraft and felony larceny. Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR in May 2009 when he tested positive for methamphetamine, something he denies. He maintains the results of the drug test were due to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall and the allergy drug Claritin-D.(Hickory Daily Record)(9-5-2012)
Mayfield comments on Allmendingers suspension: Jeremy Mayfield tried to fight his way back into NASCAR after being suspended for violating the sport's substance abuse policy. But his legal battle ultimately failed and, three years later, Mayfield remains suspended. So when Mayfield heard that suspended driver AJ Allmendinger would enter the sport's Road to Recovery program instead of fighting NASCAR, he understood why. "That's his only move," Mayfield, 43, said in a phone interview Wednesday. "He was in a different place in his career than I was at. I was to the point where I was tired - I wasn't going to sit there and be a puppet no more. He has to be. ... He's got to go through the Road to Recovery. For what? The guy is not a drughead, and everybody ought to know that he's not on drugs now."(see full post and many more quotes at the Sporting News)(7-26-2012)
Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR ends: Jeremy Mayfield's legal challenge against NASCAR over his 2009 failed drug test finally is over. With a Wednesday deadline to file a request to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in the case, Mayfield opted not to continue his quest to prove that NASCAR erred in determining that his May 1, 2009 drug test was positive for methamphetamines. A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of NASCAR in January 2010 before the case ever went to trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld that ruling in March. The basis of the ruling was that Mayfield could not sue NASCAR because of waivers he signed regarding implementation of NASCAR's substance-abuse policy. The waivers are part of the agreement a driver signs with NASCAR in order to participate. "We're pleased that this case is behind us," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said. "The courts supported our position that NASCAR can establish reasonable rules and requirements to help us regulate our sport."(Sporting News)(6-28-2012)
Shana Mayfield files for bankruptcy: In a move that will allow Jeremy Mayfield to delay the sale of his foreclosed-on property, Mayfield's wife, Shana Sessions Mayfield, has filed for bankruptcy. The move was not a surprise as the Mayfields have seen the bills stack up ever since Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR for what NASCAR officials said was a May 2009 positive drug test for methamphetamines. Mayfield's wife filed the Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition Wednesday in U.S Bankruptcy Court in North Carolina. She lists assets (not including any exempt property) of under $50,000 and liabilities of between $1 million and $10 million. The Mayfields' property of more than 400 acres in Catawba County was auctioned off for $1.725 million last week to Carolina Farm Credit, which held the mortgage. Because it came within 10 days of the auction and in the time permitted for any additional bids or for Mayfield to pay off the mortgage balance, the bankruptcy filing would put on hold the closing of the sale and allow the Mayfields to at least temporarily remain in their home. Shana Mayfield said in an email Thursday that the filing was "a natural step in the process of trying to rebuild" and allows her and her husband to delay the foreclosure.(Sporting News)(5-11-2012)
Postal worker wins $1 million from Mayfield in dog attack: On Wednesday, a Forsyth County judge ordered former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield to pay $1 million to a Catawba [NC] postal carrier attacked last year by Mayfield's five pitbulls. This is the latest salvo against Mayfield, whose home was auctioned off for failing to pay about $3 million he owed on the property. He also faces drug-possession, larceny and stolen goods charges in three North Carolina counties and was suspended from NASCAR in 2009 for testing positive for methamphetamine. Judge William Z. Wood of Forsyth Superior Court awarded Mary E. Bolton $1 million. Bolton, who lives in Catawba County, filed a lawsuit against Mayfield and his wife, Shana Mayfield, in June in Forsyth Superior Court. The suit was filed in Forsyth because Bolton's attorney, Marc Madonia, is based in Winston-Salem, NC. Bolton alleged that the Mayfields were negligent in allowing the dogs, pitbull/Labrador mixes, to run loose on their property in Catawba County. She was delivering mail the morning of April 21, 2011, and had a package too large for the mailbox outside the Mayfields' gate. She drove through the gate, past "No Trespassing" and "Beware of Dogs" signs, to deliver the package and encountered the dogs that attacked her. Mayfield heard the commotion, shouted at the dogs to scatter them and carried Bolton into the house. He and his wife called 911, and Bolton was taken to Catawba Medical Center for treatment. Animal control confiscated the dogs from Mayfield, but no criminal charges were filed against him. The dogs were later euthanized. Bolton suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has nerve damage, Madonia said.(in part from the Morganton News Herald)(5-9-2012)
Bank buys Mayfield's home at foreclosure: Despite losing his home Monday, former race car driver Jeremy Mayfield could still be forced to pay more than $500,000 on it. For now, he has 10 days to move out of the house. On the steps of the Catawba County Courthouse, Mayfield's foreclosed property went up for auction. A small group gathered to hear the details of the 400-acre property, but in the end, there was just one bid. Carolina Farm Credit, the same bank that loaned Mayfield millions of dollars to buy the property in 2006, won the auction. The bank bid less than the $2.3 million Mayfield owed on the home, meaning the bank could still go after the former NASCAR driver for the difference. Records show Mayfield had mortgage payments of $19,000 a month, but had not paid a bill since April 2011. The winning bid kicks of a 10-day upset period, where another buyer could come forward and make an offer. If not, Mayfield has until May 10 to leave the home. Mayfield was not at the auction. In a text message, his wife, Shana, only offered one comment: "It is what it is."(WSOC)(5-1-2012)
Mayfield giving up on lawsuit against NASCAR: Jeremy Mayfield said Monday he likely will not pursue any additional appeals in his lawsuit against NASCAR over a May 2009 drug test the sanctioning body said was positive for methamphetamines. Mayfield has until June 25 to file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but he said Monday he likely will move on from the case that has lasted nearly three years. The lawsuit started less than a month after the May 1 drug test, which Mayfield claims was a false positive for the prescription medication Adderall and the over-the-counter allergy medication Claritin D. A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of NASCAR in January 2010 before the case ever went to trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld that ruling in March. "We're probably going to move on," Mayfield said. "They won on a technicality, a paper I had to sign to participate." Mayfield was speaking after a court appearance in North Carolina Superior Court in Caldwell County. He faces four felony larceny charges stemming from a Feb. 27 indictment that states he was in possession of stolen goods. The case was continued until Sept. 10. Mayfield would not blame NASCAR for what was scheduled to happen later Monday-as a result of foreclosure, his property in Catawba County is scheduled for auction Monday afternoon. He said he plans to move once the sale is finalized.(Sporting News)(4-30-2012)
Mayfield indicted by Iredell County grand jury: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted by a grand jury in Iredell County on Wednesday for several larcenies dating back to 2010. Mayfield is charged with five counts of felonious breaking and entering of tractor-trailers and one count of felony larceny. He is also charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering and felony larceny from a building. Mayfield was also indicted in February by a Catawba County Superior Court after allegedly stealing more than $1,000 worth of goods from three companies and storing the stolen items at his home.(NewsChannel 36)(4-18-2012)
ARCA owner interested in Mayfield: If suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield can avoid jail time, he could have a job back behind the wheel of a racecar later this year. ARCA team owner Roger Carter said Tuesday that he wants to put the embattled Mayfield in one of his cars. He hopes to field a car for Mayfield in the June race at Pocono Raceway, but Carter is not sure if Mayfield can compete that soon in the Midwest-based stock-car series. Carter currently operates Carter 2 Motorsports and has a long history of involvement in racing, including with the Sadler Brothers Racing team that put Mayfield in a Cup car for the first time in 1993. An ARCA spokesman said that because Mayfield has not applied for an ARCA license, the sanctioning body has no comment. Carter said that ARCA officials want to see how Mayfield's legal issues turn out before making a decision. He said he doesn't blame ARCA for hesitating to approve Mayfield, especially considering its relationship with NASCAR. ARCA runs as a support series at many NASCAR events on the same weekend. Carter said he won't cause controversy if Mayfield isn't allowed to race. He said he's talked with Mayfield and told him that he would have to submit to an ARCA drug test and be willing to take a drug test administered by the team.(Sporting News)(4-4-2012)
Mayfield faces foreclosure on property: In addition to his legal troubles, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield now faces losing his home and land because he owes nearly $3 million for the property. Mayfield, 42, was in Catawba County Superior Court Monday on five felony charges that stem from a search warrant that was executed at his Catawba home in November. He is facing one count of possession of methamphetamine for 1.5 grams officers found in his home, three counts of possession of stolen goods and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Mayfield's next court appearance will be June 25. Mayfield and his wife, Shana, owe [money] on their 455 acres of property. The couple own five tracts of land, and took out two mortgages from Carolina Farm Credit on the combined acreage: one for $2.28 million and the other for $847,500, both on July 28, 2006. Although the Mayfields made some payments on the combined $3,127,500 debt, they were unable to keep up with the payments after Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR. As of Sept. 13, the Mayfields still owed about $2,387,130 on the principal for the two mortgages and an additional $334,700 in accrued interest. The mortgage company added daily interest of $392.40, as well as an additional fee of $1,000, according to court documents. Foreclosure proceedings began on Dec. 13, 2011. The property will be put up for auction on April 30 at 12 p.m. at the Catawba County courthouse in Newton. It will be given to the highest bidder. The Mayfields have 10 days to be out of their home after the auction, unless they have the money to pay off their debt on April 30, said Al Jean Bogle, clerk of superior court. That is not something Jeremy Mayfield is ruling out. "I'm working on something," Mayfield said.(Hickory Daily Record)(4-3-2012)
Appeals court refuses to reinstate Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR: A federal appeals court in Virginia has refused to revive former racecar driver Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test. Mayfield has argued that a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medications led to the positive test at Richmond International Raceway. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Monday that U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen in Charlotte, N.C., did not abuse his discretion in dismissing Mayfield's complaint. After his 2009 suspension, Mayfield sued NASCAR; its owner, Brian Zachary France; and a drug testing company for defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and negligence. Mullen tossed out the lawsuit because Mayfield had twice, as a driver and an owner, signed documents waiving his right to sue. Mayfield has argued that a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medications led to the positive test at Richmond International Raceway.(The Republic/Associated Press)
NASCAR Statement: Statement from Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Operations: "NASCAR is pleased that today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court's original decision in May 2010 in Jeremy Mayfield v. NASCAR. This case was never about anything more than NASCAR's ability to keep the sport clean and our competitors safe."(NASCAR)(3-26-2012)
Second person charged in Mayfield case: A second person has been formally charged in a theft ring involving former NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield. The Hudson Police Department served an indictment on Rusty Alex Canipe of Catawba County on four counts of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Hudson Police Department. The charges are a result of an investigation into the theft of several trailers and pieces of furniture that were stolen on February 26, 2011 from the former Anderson Truck Lines. Canipe surrendered himself at the Caldwell County Magistrate's Office. His bond was set at $100,000. Mayfield was indicted on several counts of larceny on March first.(WBTV)(3-6-2012)
Mayfield turns himself into magistrate: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield surrendered himself to a magistrate in Caldwell County Thursday afternoon. Mayfield said he is innocent of the four charges of felony larceny he was indicted on. He was released on a $100,000 unsecured bond.
Mayfield is alleged to have stolen thousands of dollar worth of equipment from racing shops and other businesses across the area. Several firearms were also found at his home that were stolen. Two weeks ago, Mayfield went before a magistrate in Catawba County following an indictment on three charges of possession of stolen goods and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. In that case he was released on a $25,000 bond.
Mayfield indicted on counts of felony larceny: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted Monday on four counts of felony larceny. The new charges come less than a week after Mayfield was charged in Catawba County with possession of stolen property. The new indictments allege Mayfield was involved in stealing four trailers from a trucking company in Hudson. According to the indictments, there were several pieces of furniture in one of those trailers.
Investigators say Mayfield and another man were spotted in the parking lot of the trucking company the night of the theft. Mayfield said last week he was not involved with any stolen property.(wsoctv.com)(2-28-2012)
Mayfield says he is innocent: Former race car driver Jeremy Mayfield says the new criminal charges against him are "baseless" and suggests he's the target of a conspiracy involving NASCAR and law enforcement officials. Indictments by a North Carolina grand jury released Monday charged Mayfield with three counts of possessing property stolen from businesses, and a fourth charge of obtaining property by false pretense. The charges follow a November raid on Mayfield's Catawba home after which the former NASCAR star was charged with possessing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine. Mayfield, 42, has issued a statement through his attorneys saying he is innocent. "For some reason, the district attorney's office simply ignored our offers to explain the sources of the items seized from my property and chose, instead, to indict," Mayfield said, according to the statement. "We do not know if there is any connection between the NASCAR lawsuit and this investigation but, based upon the evidence disclosed to us already by the district attorney's office, it appears that the Catawba County authorities have been coordinating with NASCAR officials." (See full story at the Associated Press)(2-22-2012)
Mayfield indicted on property charges: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted on Monday for charges of possession of stolen goods.
Mayfield was indicted for three counts of possession of stolen goods and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. In November, Mayfield was arrested and charged with possessing methamphetamine. Mayfield was arrested at his home in the town of Catawba, according to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Deputies went to Mayfield's home with a search warrant after getting a tip that there were stolen goods in the house, officials said. During the search, deputies said they found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in a gun safe. Mayfield has denied the allegations.(WSOC)(2-20-2012)
Appeals court to listen to Mayfield in drug case: A federal appeals panel in Virginia is set to hear arguments in former stock-car driver Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test. Mayfield is asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate his lawsuit. A federal judge dismissed the suit, ruling that Mayfield signed documents that waived his right to sue. NASCAR suspended Mayfield in 2009 after he failed a drug test at Richmond International Raceway. He sued NASCAR, its owner and the drug testing company for defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and negligence. Mayfield has argued that a combination of over-the-counter allergy medication and the prescription drug Adderall led to a positive test. In November, Mayfield was arrested in North Carolina and charged with possessing methamphetamine.(Associated Press)(1-24-2012)
Lender begins foreclosure proceedings on Mayfield's property: Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's financial troubles got worse this week as his mortgage lender has begun foreclosure proceedings on his approximately 400-acre property in North Carolina. Mayfield took out a $3.1 million mortgage in July 2006, and his lender alleges that he has failed to make his payments, according to the foreclosure filed Tuesday in North Carolina Superior Court in Newton, N.C. That has resulted in the lender, Carolina Farm Credit, to call on Mayfield to pay the balance of $2.387 million plus more than $340,000 in interest and fees, according to the filing. A hearing on the foreclosure is set for Feb. 7.(more at SceneDaily) and see past news on the Jeremy Mayfield page.(12-15-2011)
Mayfield gets court date in quest against NASCAR: Jeremy Mayfield's next day in court - against NASCAR - is set for Jan. 24 in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear the appeal. The panel will decide whether Mayfield has enough evidence for the case to continue. Neither NASCAR nor Mayfield will know which appeals court judges will hear the case until the morning of the hearing. Mayfield has not competed in NASCAR since the May 2009 drug test, which Mayfield claims was a false positive resulting from a combination of prescription medication for adult-deficit hyperactivity disorder and over-the-counter allergy medication. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen dismissed Mayfield's claims in May 2010, ruling that Mayfield could not sue because of waivers that he had signed in order to compete in Cup. The judge also questioned the strength of Mayfield's evidence.(SceneDaily)(12-2-2011)
Mayfield was seen at trucking company where trailers were stolen: [former Sprint Cup driver] Jeremy Mayfield was spotted in the cab of a tractor trailer and some of the furniture stolen from the trucking company where he was seen has ended up in his home, a police search warrant says. Police raided the former NASCAR driver's home on Nov. 1 after they got a tip that stolen items were there. They found some meth and Mayfield was later indicted on a felony drug charge. The police also found $100,000 worth of stolen items - and now a trucking company says that furniture they had was found in the stolen loot, according to a search warrant. The incident involving Mayfield happened at 3 am on Feb. 26 when a tractor trailer -- without a trailer -- was parked in the rear lot of Anderson Truck Lines in Hudson, the warrant says.(see more at wbtv.com and Hickory Daily Record, and see search warrant here - pdf file)(11-17-2011)
Mayfield indicted on drug charges: A week after a raid at his home that deputies say turned up meth, 69 guns and $100,000 in stolen goods, Jeremy Mayfield has been indicted by a grand jury on drug charges. Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was indicted by the Catawba County grand jury on Monday for felony possession of methamphetamine. Deputies say they found 6 baggies of meth in his home during a search they did on Nov. 1 for stolen goods. Although they say they found stolen property in the home, Mayfield was not charged with possession of stolen property or any charges other than drugs. About $100,000 worth of stolen merchandise was found on Mayfield's property. Police are working now to figure out if Mayfield knew the items were stolen and he had something to do with it. The Sheriff's Office says there are 69 guns that have been logged and are still waiting to see if any are stolen. In addition to these potential theft charges, Mayfield is also facing tax problems. Catawba county tax officials say Mayfield owes more than $82,000 in back taxes on his four properties. Authorities say he is one step from foreclosure. No word when or if theft charges will come for Mayfield. Investigators say that will be up to the District Attorney. Mayfield is due in court on Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.(WBTV)(11-7-2011)
Mayfield arrested on meth charges: UPDATES: Authorities say NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested Tuesday night on drug charges. Mayfield was arrested in his home in the town of Catawba on possession of methamphetamine charges, according to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Deputies had gone to Mayfield's home to execute a search warrant on a tip there were stolen goods in the house. During the search, deputies found the methamphetamine. They also found items that may be stolen but deputies have not verified the items taken are in fact stolen property. Mayfield has a scheduled court appearance Wednesday morning. His is out of jail on a $3,000 bond.(WBTV)(11-2-2011)
UPDATE: A "large amount" of stolen goods were recovered from Mayfield's property, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Detectives said they recovered items that had been stolen from Lee Boy, Inc., which is located on Highway 16 north, and Larry Grant, Inc., a trucking company in Lincolnton. The items recovered for Lee Boy, Inc., included heavy equipment parts, scrap metal, welders and welding accessories, the Sheriff's Office said. Investigators said the items recovered for Larry Grant, Inc., including truck parts, an engraving machine, truck mirrors and electric motor controllers. The items recovered are worth around $100,000, the Sheriff's Office said. They were found in a building and trailers on Mayfield's property and were returned to the owners, investigators said.(WSOC)(11-2-2011)
UPDATE 2: Statement from NASCAR: "Having just heard and read the news about the Jeremy Mayfield incident, we will have to see how the facts play out. NASCAR's goal in its Substance Abuse program has always been to keep competitors safe and create treatment opportunities for those who need it."(11-2-2011)
UPDATE 3: Jeremy Mayfield's attorney says Mayfield had no knowledge of the stolen items nor the methamphetamine found on his property that lead to his arrest Tuesday. Mayfield attorney Daniel Marino issued a statement Tuesday night: "Last evening, the Catawba County Sheriff's Department conducted a search at the home of Jeremy Mayfield," the statement said. "Mr. Mayfield understands that the purpose of the search was to seize allegedly stolen property and that the investigators claim to have seized methamphetamine from his home. Mr. Mayfield has no knowledge of either stolen property or methamphetamine being present on his property and denies the accusation that he was in possession of methamphetamine or any other illegal drug and he denies any suggestion that he knowingly received or possessed stolen property." Marino also represents the former NASCAR driver in his lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for a May 2009 failed drug test. Marino's statement Tuesday indicated that Mayfield is cooperating with authorities. Mayfield's next court date on the drug charge is scheduled for Nov. 14. "This search was prompted by what the evidence will show were baseless allegations by an unreliable source," the statement said. "Mr. Mayfield and his attorneys are cooperating with the authorities and they look forward to this matter being resolved quickly. In the meantime, Mr. Mayfield asks that the public reserve its judgment on this matter."(Scene Daily)(11-3-2011)
UPDATE 4: A confidential source told authorities that Jeremy Mayfield was stealing to support his drug habit. A search warrant obtained by Eyewitness News says the source knew specific details about reported break-ins and thefts and said Mayfield was involved in it all and that all the stolen property would be found at his home. On Monday, police seized hundreds of items -- mostly tools, metals and machinery -- worth $100,000. They also said they found 1.5 grams of meth and a meth pipe. The confidential source said he or she watched Mayfield purchase and consume meth "over 500 separate times," saying Mayfield stole to support his drug habit. Deputies will likely go in front of a grand jury on Monday, hoping to add charges of possessing stolen property.(WSOC) The complete arrest warrant is available on the WSOC website (PDF file).(11-3-2011)
Mayfield appeal tentatively set for Nov. 8: UPDATE: The U.S. Court of Appeals has set a tentative date of Nov. 8 for Jeremy Mayfield's legal challenge to NASCAR's ruling that he tested positive for methamphetamines in May 2009. Attorneys for Mayfield and NASCAR were notified of the tentative Nov. 8 date Wednesday and have until Monday to ask for a different date. The appeal will be heard by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which is based in Richmond, Va., but will actually conduct the Nov. 8 hearing at the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh. Typically, a decision comes a few months after the hearing. The three-judge panel will decide whether Mayfield has enough evidence for the case to continue.(Scene Daily)(8-11-2011)
UPDATE: A day after tentatively setting a Nov. 8 hearing date for Jeremy Mayfield's appeal in his case against NASCAR, the U.S. Court of Appeals took the case off that session and said it will set the hearing for another day. The court indicated that Mayfield's appeal was taken off the Nov. 8 session because of "scheduling reasons." It wasn't immediately clear whether it was attorneys for NASCAR or Mayfield who asked for the change.(Scene Daily)(8-12-2011)
NASCAR appeal claims Mayfield trying to avoid responsibility: NASCAR says Jeremy Mayfield's legal appeal to his suspension for a failed drug test is an "attempt to entirely avoid any responsibility for, or consequence from, testing positive for methamphetamine," according to its response filed Monday in federal appeals court. Mayfield, who claims in court documents that his May 2009 drug test was a false positive from a mixture of over-the-counter allergy medication Claritin-D and the prescription medication Adderall for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is suing NASCAR for breach of contract, unfair trade practices and defamation. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen ruled in NASCAR's favor in May 2010, and after having requests for Mullen to reconsider the ruling denied, Mayfield filed his appeal last month.(full article at SceneDaily)(4-26-2011)
Mayfield's Dogs Attack Mail Carrier: When a mail carrier tried to deliver a package too big for Jeremy Mayfield's mailbox, she tried to drop it off at the home's front door, but when she went to the house, police say she was attacked by five dogs. The pit bull-lab mix dogs are currently in quarantine at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. Firefighters said it was at former NACSAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's home where mail carrier Mary Bolton was attacked. Firefighters said she was hospitalized with bite marks and cuts all over her legs, arms and shoulders. Neighbors were stunned to hear news of the attack. Police have confirmed that Mayfield came outside to intervene, scooping up the badly injured carrier and taking her back inside the home. The police chief in Catawba said the dogs are being quarantined for ten days because he is not sure they are up to date on rabies shots. No decision has been made yet on what will happen to the dogs or if anyone will face charges.(WSOCtv.com)(4-23-2011)
Mayfield claims NASCAR forced SPEED to edit interview: Jeremy Mayfield accused NASCAR of forcing the SPEED Channel to edit Mayfield's one-on-one interview with Steve Byrnes. Mayfield said, " I had a great interview with the SPEED Channel about a month ago with Steve Byrnes, the best one ever. It was going to be great! I couldn't wait for them to air it. It was honest. From his point of view, he was asking me honest questions that I could answer, he wasn't trying to set me up...everything was great - and then NASCAR gets wind of it. Paul Brooks (from NASCAR) calls the President of the SPEED Channel and says, "If you air this show with Mayfield on it, it's going to jeopardize our relationship." So, they took out everything I said, anything that amounted to anything at all - took it all out and basically made me look like an idiot on TV like I wasn't saying anything."(Captain Thunder)(4-13-2011)
Jeremey Mayfield files appeal: Jeremy Mayfield has reiterated claims that NASCAR Chairman Brian France disliked him and that NASCAR either fabricated the results of a May 2009 drug test or should have known the likelihood of inaccurate results, according to Mayfield's appeal in his long-running federal lawsuit against NASCAR. Filed late Tuesday night with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Mayfield's appeal challenges the May 2010 ruling in favor of NASCAR and asks that the case be re-opened, allowing more time for investigation by the parties and proceeding toward trial. NASCAR has until April 25 to respond to the appeal, and Mayfield will have two weeks to respond to NASCAR's brief. The appeals court - the Fourth Circuit, based in Richmond, Va. - will not hold hearings from June-August, so the earliest the appeals judges would hold a hearing likely is late September, with a decision on the appeal not coming for at least another month.(Scene Daily)(3-24-2011)
Mayfield apologizes to step mother....more: Jeremy Mayfield told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that he apologized to his former stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, because, "it was the right thing to do." The suspended NASCAR driver issued a public apology to Lisa Mayfield Tuesday, settling a slander suit she filed against him in Iredell County, NC, in 2009 after he accused her of complicity in the death of his father two years earlier; a death that has officially been ruled a suicide. "I have previously made statements to the press in which I accused Lisa Mayfield of either murdering my father, Terry Mayfield, or being involved in a conspiracy to murder him," Mayfield wrote. "Those statements were made in the heat of my emotional state at the time. I now retract those statements and apologize to Lisa for having made them." In an exclusive Sirius Speedway interview, Mayfield said he was anxious to set the record straight and bring an end to the litigation involving his former stepmother. "We've been in a legal battle, (but) we got everything straightened out today," he said. "I felt like it was the right thing to do, to put this behind us and move forward; get all this junk out of our lives, keep moving forward and not look back. We wanted to focus on just the NASCAR stuff... and leave all that other junk behind us. That's what we've done."(see full article at Sirius Speedway) and see the official statement by Mayfield at the Charlotte Observer.(2-9-2011)
Mayfield emerges, planning new business venture: Jeremy Mayfield made an appearance on Speed Channel's "Race Hub'' show Tuesday night. It was the first time Mayfield has spoken publicly in a while. With an appeal against NASCAR in the courts, there wasn't much Mayfield could say about his battle with the sanctioning body over his failed drug test in May 2009. Mayfield did say he's looking to start a metal recycling business and talked about maybe doing some dirt racing in the South. Here's more of what Mayfield said on the show in his interview with Steve Byrnes, who noted afterward that there were more questions that Mayfield could not answer because of pending litigation against NASCAR.
On what he's been up to, Mayfield said:
"Little bit of everything. We've been, obviously, in the battle with NASCAR in the court and everybody knows that. As far as personally, taking care of stuff around the house and trying to figure out what I'm going to do next, what direction I'm going in and as far as career-wise, just a lot of things are going on and just trying to make decisions on what we are going to do. For the most part, trying to stay busy around the farm or whatever. Kind of in the process of opening up a new business, kind of like the metal recycling business. Really excited about that. Other than that, just taking it day by day.''
Mayfield's reaction to reaction of fans from those who are on his side to those who aren't:
Mayfield: "I've seen a lot of people with mixed emotions. I didn't want to be a part of this. I'm just letting everybody know that. I didn't want to be in a lawsuit. I didn't want to go out in my career like this. I didn't want any of this happen either.''
You have been a punchline, is it hard for you to sit back and take it?
Mayfield: "Everyday. It was hard for me to come here today and I appreciate you all having me on the show, but it's hard for me to come here because I fight this urge to, I got a lot of things I want to say that I can't obviously because of the litigation because I don't want to get into any more trouble or whatsoever by what I'm saying. It's just hard because when you're in this situation there's a lot of anger now and things that could come out that wouldn't be good for either one of us. It's tough when you walk around everyday and you get the chance to finally tell your side of the story, there's so much more to it that you could tell that would really enlighten a lot of things that you just can't tell.''
Mayfield was asked when will this all be over:
Mayfield: "I don't know. It's probably going to be a long time now because of the appeal process could take a year or a year and a half or whatever. Again, I've come to grips with myself and my wife and our families and we've come to the grips that it's going to be a long time and we'll have to endure that.''
Will you race again?
Mayfield: "I can race. I can't race in NASCAR seriously. I'm thinking real hard about doing some dirt races with a dirt team we're trying to put together. We're not sure yet. I want to race. I'd love to go IndyCar racing if I could do that. I'd love to go drag racing if I could do that. But I want to do it the right way. I don't want to struggle anymore. It's got to be the right situation to do it. I've just been kind of waiting. I just don't know what I want to do yet.''
You've been low profile lately:
Mayfield: "I wish it never happened. I wish I could continue on with what we had going on with the team and still be back in the sport. I'll take it as it comes. All the race fans out there, I miss all my fans, I miss going to the race track. My wife misses traveling also. We just miss the daily deal going on. We'll make it through. It could be worse.''(Virginian Pilot)(2-2-2011)
Mayfield on Race Hub tonight: Jeremy Mayfield, suspended by NASCAR for failing a drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines and involved with a lawsuit over the suspension and drug tests, is scheduled to appear on SPEED's NASCAR Race Hub, Tuesday, Feb. 1st. The show is scheduled to air at 7:00pm/et with a 2:00am/et re-air.(2-1-2011)
Mayfield's stepmother says he supplied meth to his father: The father of suspended NASCAR owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield obtained crystal methamphetamines from his son, and when their relationship soured, Jeremy stopped providing the drug for his father, Jeremy's estranged stepmother Lisa Mayfield said in a lawsuit deposition. Jeremy Mayfield, who is also suing Lisa Mayfield for defamation as part of a counterclaim to a slander suit she filed against him, has asserted in documents filed as part of that lawsuit that Lisa Mayfield has lied about his use of methamphetamines. He reiterated that in a statement Monday.(Scene Daily)(1-4-2010)
Mayfield will appeal drug case: Suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield, as expected, will appeal a judge's decision that ruled in favor of NASCAR in his lawsuit over a May 1, 2009, drug test that he says was a false positive for methamphetamines. Mayfield filed the notice of appeal last Thursday in federal court and has 40 days to file the actual argument for his appeal. Depending on how quickly briefs are filed in the case, a hearing could come in May in Richmond, Va., but more than likely it will come no earlier than September. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen ruled Mayfield had given up his right to sue through various waivers he had signed to compete in NASCAR and questioned whether Mayfield had the evidence to support his claims that NASCAR erred in ruling he tested positive for methamphetamines.(Sporting News)(12-28-2010)
Judge refuses to reopen Mayfield case against NASCAR: Jeremy Mayfield's allegations that NASCAR Chairman Brian France had him black-flagged in the 2006 Brickyard 400 were not enough to sway U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen to reopen Mayfield's lawsuit against the sanctioning body. Mullen issued an order Monday that denied Mayfield's request to reconsider a May ruling in favor of NASCAR that dismissed all of Mayfield's claims. In that May decision, Mullen ruled that Mayfield had given up his right to sue through various waivers he had signed to compete in NASCAR and questioned whether Mayfield had the evidence to support his claims that NASCAR erred in ruling he tested positive for methamphetamines.(in part from SceneDaily)(12-14-2010)
NASCAR, Evernham dispute Mayfield allegation: NASCAR says there is no evidence of a black flag issued to Jeremy Mayfield during the 2006 Brickyard 400 and that Ray Evernham, who owned the team Mayfield drove for at the time, was the one who ordered him to park his car during the race, according to a court filing Wednesday. The filing came in response to Mayfled's claim last week that NASCAR Chairman Brian France had him black-flagged in the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mayfield made that claim in asking U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen to reconsider a May 2010 ruling that dismissed his lawsuit against NASCAR over a May 1, 2009, drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines. The allegation surrounding the 2006 race at Indy comes in part from declarations of France's former in-laws, whom France sued last year when trying to evict them from a home he owned. NASCAR uses Mayfield's 2006 lawsuit against then-team owner Evernham as corroborating evidence that the black-flag story is false. Mayfield filed suit in the days following the Indy race after Evernham fired him. In none of those documents does Mayfield say he was black-flagged by NASCAR. In affidavits filed with NASCAR's response Wednesday, Evernham and then team director (crew chief) Chris Andrews said no one from NASCAR asked them to pull the car from the track. In affidavits filed by Mayfield, both of France's former in-laws say that France, after drinking scotch while in California to be with his pregnant wife during the race, called NASCAR President Mike Helton in the control tower at Indy and asked that Mayfield be black-flagged. When Mayfield got to the pits no NASCAR official ever looked at the car, Mayfield alleges. In its filing Wednesday, NASCAR produced travel records and hotel records indicating that France was in Orlando that day, not California.(Scene Daily)(10-7-2010)
NASCAR wants to dismiss Mayfield countersuit to speed up appeal: NASCAR wants to dismiss its breach-of-contract and fraud claims against Jeremy Mayfield to help speed up the appeal in Mayfield's lawsuit against the sanctioning body over a May 1, 2009, drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines. A U.S. District Court judge in Charlotte ruled in May that Mayfield, who has said he did not use methamphetamines, did not have a case against NASCAR and ruled in favor of NASCAR without the case going to trial. Mayfield has been unable to appeal that decision because NASCAR's countersuit - which alleges that by racing while violating the substance-abuse policy, Mayfield breached the contract he signed to compete in NASCAR - is still pending with a trial scheduled for July 2011. NASCAR had asked the court Sept. 10 to suspend the proceedings in its countersuit so an appeals court can rule on the decision to dismiss Mayfield's allegations. But, according to court documents filed by NASCAR on Thursday, Mayfield plans to oppose the suspension of NASCAR's countersuit and Mayfield has asked for a variety of documents and depositions to gather information to support its request. NASCAR has now decided to dismiss its countersuit against Mayfield in order to move the appeals process forward and to avoid additional interrogations and document production.(Scene Daily)(9-24-2010)
Mayfield recounts Chase miracle, talks about future MORE: Jeremy Mayfield's mind was on making a delivery, far away from what's happening in the Sprint Cup Series, as he maneuvered his big truck through the back roads of Georgia. It's part of what Mayfield does these days between planning a comeback in racing and battling NASCAR in court. But Mayfield understands the desperation felt by Ryan Newman, who is 117 points out of the final Chase spot heading into Saturday night's regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway. He gets it when Jamie McMurray, the next driver back at 128 out, says he can't do anything more than he's done all season.
Before Mayfield became NASCAR's poster boy for drug suspensions last season, he was the poster boy for Chase miracles. "The whole week going into it we could have very easily have just said it was over," Mayfield recalled as his cell phone phased in and out. "We knew it was a long shot to make it. But it was just so cool, because we all remained calm and were willing to do what we had to do, and everything fell together. It's what everybody dreams about, where your car is awesome, the calls are good and everything goes your way. It was almost like a miracle happened for you."
Mayfield hasn't kept up much with what has happened this season. Other than knowing there's not much drama heading into this weekend barring a miracle twice the one he had, his focus has been on getting his life back in order. He has a few racing deals in the works, one that could put him in a dirt-track car for some late-season, big-money events and another that could put him in an open-wheel car next season. Mayfield's battle with NASCAR is about to heat up again, too, as he plans an appeal if he loses the lawsuit the governing body has against him. See full story and many quotes by Mayfield at ESPN.com.(9-10-2010)
MORE: NASCAR and Jeremy Mayfield met Wednesday [Sept 8th] in court-ordered mediation and were unable to come to a settlement over their issues surrounding a May 1, 2009, drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines, according to a court filing Friday by NASCAR. A U.S. District Court judge in Charlotte ruled in May that Mayfield, who has said he did not use methamphetamines, did not have a case against NASCAR and ruled in favor of NASCAR without the case going to trial. NASCAR's countersuit against Mayfield for fraud and breach of contract is still pending with a trial scheduled for July 2011, and the two sides met in mediation Wednesday. With no settlement, NASCAR has now asked that the court allow Mayfield to file an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals and have that appeal decided before NASCAR's counterclaim proceeds.(in part from SceneDaily)(9-13-2010)
Mayfield vs. NASCAR could continue into 2011: Jeremy Mayfield's quest to make NASCAR pay for what he says was a drug test that was a false positive for methamphetamines likely will stretch well into 2011. Mayfield, whose claims against NASCAR were dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge in May, must first defend himself against a countersuit by NASCAR before appealing the decision to throw out his claims. NASCAR claims that Mayfield breached his contract with NASCAR for competing while in violation of its substance abuse policy.
According to a revised schedule filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, motions for summary judgment must be filed by Feb. 4, 2011. Those would have to be ruled on before any trial begins, meaning that it likely will be next spring, at the earliest, before that portion of the case could go to trial. Once a decision on NASCAR's counterclaim is made by either the judge or a jury, the appeals process likely would proceed throughout 2011. Mayfield will meet with NASCAR on Sept. 8 in mediation to try to settle NASCAR's breach-of-contract claim against him. Whether Mayfield could pay any claims is questionable. He has judgments of $874,000 against him and Mayfield Motorsports for unpaid bills and taxes.(in part from SceneDaily)(8-28-2010)
Judge denies Mayfield request to reverse decision: U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen, who in May dismissed Jeremy Mayfield's claims against NASCAR over a May 2009 drug test that NASCAR said was positive for methamphetamines, issued a ruling Thursday denying a request from Mayfield to vacate the decision. Mullen had ruled in May that Mayfield had waived most of his rights to sue NASCAR when he signed the NASCAR-driver agreement and NASCAR-owner agreement. He also indicated that Mayfield did not have enough evidence to support his claims. "Plaintiffs [Mayfield] have repeatedly asserted that they can and will bring viable claims of tortious interference with contractual or business relations, but have yet to state a single example as to how they will do this or submit a proposed amended complaint," the judge wrote in his decision released Thursday. "Plaintiffs maintain in their motion they are 'confident' that they can bring valid claims for tortious interference unrelated to NASCAR's substance abuse policy, yet in their next sentence Plaintiffs state that these 'causes of action must involve implementation of the policy. The logical inconsistencies in Plaintiffs' arguments are further compounded by the fact that they propose no specific amendments to their prior claims and have not shown how any amended complaint would remedy the many other deficiencies that caused the Court to dismiss Plaintiffs' claims. As Plaintiffs have failed to hint at any additional allegations upon which relief could be granted, granting Plaintiffs' leave to amend will be an exercise in futility."(Scene Daily)(8-12-2010)
Mayfield's suit vs. NASCAR dismissed: A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR, a ruling that presumably ends the yearlong saga surrounding the first Sprint Cup driver suspended for failing a random drug test. U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen in Charlotte, N.C., ruled that Mayfield had twice waived his rights to pursue any claims against NASCAR when he signed documents both as a driver and as an owner to participate in the stock car series.
"Plaintiffs thereby waived their right to pursue their claims for defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and negligence," Mullen wrote in his decision. "Plaintiffs' claims are hereby dismissed."
"The U.S. District Court's ruling is a powerful acknowledgement and affirmation of NASCAR's rulebook and its ability to police the sport," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said in a statement. "NASCAR has been very clear with its competitors as to its policies and what is expected of them." Mayfield's wife, Shana, said the couple had no comment on the ruling, which can be appealed only after NASCAR's suit against Mayfield is resolved. She said attorney Mark Geragos would speak on their behalf.
Geragos' voice mailbox was full, and he did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment. Mullen's ruling Tuesday was in response to a motion NASCAR made last November to dismiss the suit based on pleadings already submitted. There was no hearing.(ESPN)(5-18-2010)
NASCAR Statement on Dismissal of Mayfield Suit: "The U.S. District Court's ruling is a powerful acknowledgement and affirmation of NASCAR's rulebook and its ability to police the sport. NASCAR has been very clear with its competitors as to its policies and what is expected of them. NASCAR's comprehensive substance abuse policy, which is among the best and toughest in all of sports, serves the safety of our competitors and fans." Ramsey Poston, NASCAR Public Relations.(5-18-2010)
IRS files lien against Mayfield: Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR isn't his only legal issue, and if NASCAR seems like a giant to go up against, Mayfield has two even bigger entities taking action against him: The Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue. The IRS has filed a lien on property owned by Mayfield and his wife, Shana, for unpaid income taxes totaling $231,139 - $214,108 for 2008 and $17,031 for 2006. The North Carolina Department of Revenue filed a delinquent income tax notice with Mayfield for $65,932 - $62,379 for 2008 and $3,553 for 2006. The unpaid taxes were listed at $56,430 with a total of $10,502 in fines and fees. The tax documents were filed in North Carolina Superior Court in Newton, N.C. The IRS lien was filed March 29, while the North Carolina tax notice was filed Feb. 15.(Scene Daily)(4-7-2010)
Mayfield lawsuit to remain in federal court: Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR will remain in federal court, U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen ruled Tuesday. The case, stemming from a drug test last May that NASCAR says was a positive for methamphetamine but Mayfield says was a mix of over-the-counter and prescription medication, has been at a virtual standstill since January in order to resolve jurisdictional issues. Now that Mullen has ruled that he has jurisdiction in the case, he can now make decisions on disputes over discovery issues as well as a NASCAR motion to decide the case based on pleadings without any additional discovery. A trial in the case would not begin until Sept. 13 at the earliest.(Scene Daily)(4-6-2010)
Mayfield's stepmother wants to depose reporter: Jeremy Mayfield's stepmother wants deposition from ESPN reporter in lawsuit against her son. Lisa Mayfield's attorney wants to take a deposition from ESPN.com reporter David Newton in her defamation lawsuit against her estranged stepson, NASCAR driver and former team owner Jeremy Mayfield. Lisa Mayfield had to ask the court for approval to take the deposition out of state in the case, which was filed last July in North Carolina Superior Court. "ESPN reporter David Newton and ESPN are essential and material witnesses to the facts and circumstances involved in this cause of action," Lisa Mayfield's attorney wrote in the request to take the deposition in Connecticut, where ESPN is based. An ESPN spokesman said the network has not been served with a subpoena in the case and therefore had no comment.(Scene Daily)
Mayfield's files motion to move case; for NASCAR to pay attorney fees: There's a lot of politicking going on in Jeremy Mayfield's case against NASCAR and both sides recently filed court documents hoping to sway the judge on an upcoming decision that could be pivotal. Included in those documents is a motion by Mayfield's side to move the case back to state court and for NASCAR to pay for Mayfield's attorney fees that were related to this issue alone. Based on court documents, Mayfield's attorney fees were listed at nearly $70,000 on just this issue. NASCAR filed paperwork that the case remain in federal court. Remember that Mayfield's former attorney, Bill Diehl, filed a lawsuit in November claiming that Mayfield owed Diehl's law firm at least $371,973.66, plus attorney fees, interest and late charges. Diehl's firm represented Mayfield from May until October when Mayfield hired attorney Mark Geragos.
Earlier this month, an evidentiary hearing was held in U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen's court room. At issue is where is NASCAR Chairman Brian France's residence. Judge Mullen has not yet issued his decision. For this case (remember this is about Mayfield challenging NASCAR over a failed drug test) to be in federal court, both parties have to be from different states. Mayfield claims residency in North Carolina and France claimed it in Florida. In the motion on behalf of Mayfield, his side said that along with the case being moved back to state court, NASCAR should pay Mayfield's just costs and actual expenses, including attorney fees as a result of Defendant's removal ... i.e. what it cost Mayfield in attorney fees and such in fighting this issue (this is not for the total in attorney fees Mayfield has racked up).
Based on that, this is what Mayfield's attorneys listed as its fees to Mayfield. Mark Geragos stated that through Feb. 18, his firm had devoted approximately 33 hours of attorney time at a charge of $29,800. Geragos stated he had spent 15.8 hours on the case at a rate of $1,000 an hour. Another attorney at his firm had spent 28 hours on the case at a cost of $500 an hour. Geragos also stated that his firm had incurred total expenses of $7,971.35 in connection with the jurisdictional issues in this case.
Attorney Daniel Marino stated that his firm had devoted approximately 150 hours at a cost of $35,760 in attorney fees to the jurisdictional issues presented in this case. Marino listed his billing rate at $550 per hour for 26.8 hours. An associate who also worked on the case for 12.7 hours has a billing rate of $350 and a law clerk who worked on the case for 110.5 hours has a billing rate of $150 an hour. That added up to $35,760. Marino also stated that his firm had incurred total expenses of $1,147.50 in connection with the jurisdictional issues in this case, all of which reflect travel expenses related to the Feb. 4 evidentiary hearing.
Attorney James Maxwell also worked on the case for Mayfield with a billing rate of $350 an hour for 10.75 hours. A paralegal worked on the case at a billing rate of $100 an hour for 1.7 hours. For a total of $3.932.50. Also the firm incurred $146 in jurisdictional costs related to the Feb. 4 hearing.(Virginian Pilot)(2-21-2010)
Latest on Mayfield vs. NASCAR lawsuit: U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen says the battle between Jeremy Mayfield and NASCAR over access to the suspended driver's medical records will have to wait until he can resolve jurisdictional issues, but in the meantime, Mayfield says life remains "as good as it can be." During a 15-minute court hearing Thursday, Mullen said he expects NASCAR Chairman Brian France will have to testify before him over whether his residence for jurisdictional purposes is North Carolina or Florida. If Mullen determines that France is a resident of North Carolina, he could rule that North Carolina Superior Court has jurisdiction and not federal court. "Until that's resolved, anything the court does is subject to review later if the court doesn't have jurisdiction," Mullen said during the hearing. Mayfield attorney Daniel Marino declined to comment on the issues afterward, and Mayfield wouldn't talk about the specifics of the case. Mayfield contends that a May 1 drug test that NASCAR says showed positive readings for methamphentaines resulted from his taking a prescription drug to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and an over-the-counter allergy medicine. He also questions the procedures NASCAR used in determining the results. "I've just been trying to survive, just like anybody else," said Mayfield, who has had an auction on his property in November to help raise money. "We haven't sold our house so far [at auction]. It remains as good as it can be."
"Everyone wants to resolve litigation as soon as possible," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "We will continue to work with the other side, make our case and hope we can expedite this as quickly as possible." Poston also said it is possible that there could be some changes to NASCAR's substance-abuse policy this season. "Any of those changes, if we have any, we'll announce those as the new season begins," Poston said. "This is the part of the season where we're finalizing our [policies]. ... We will always update policies and procedures any time there is an opportunity to improve them. I don't think you're going to see anything radical."(SceneDaily)(1-8-2010)
Mayfield says NASCAR's conduct was intentional and reckless: Attorneys for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield say NASCAR is trying to ignore issues raised by him and is attempting to distort Mayfield's claims in an effort to avoid responsibility for its actions. Mayfield's legal team filed the response late Monday to NASCAR's request that U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen rule in favor of the sanctioning body based on the pleadings already held and without the continuation of an investigation by the attorneys and possibly a trial. Mayfield's filing argues that he has shown enough evidence to bring these claims:
• In response to NASCAR's assertion that he has waived his right to sue because of waivers that are part of the NASCAR-driver agreement, Mayfield stated that those releases don't hold up because this is a case where NASCAR was grossly negligent in conducting its drug-testing policy.
• In its defamation claim, Mayfield disputed the NASCAR assertion that sanctioning body Chairman Brian France had no reason to doubt the test results so his comments when suspending Mayfield cannot be considered defamation. Mayfield alleges that France and Black should have known that the combination of Adderall and Claritin-D could result in a false positive for methamphetamine use.
• NASCAR stated in its request that Mayfield is not an employee but an independent contractor and therefore cannot be considered to having been discriminated against for having ADHD. Mayfield stated in the filing Monday that he can be considered an employee in this situation because NASCAR retained the right to control and detail his activities on the race track, had promotional rights to his name, owned the broadcast rights, required where logos were placed and specified media obligations.
• Addressing the charge of unfair and deceptive trade practices, Mayfield argued the fact that there is no definitive list of drugs banned by NASCAR as among the reasons its policies are unfair.
Both sides get to file responses one more time before the judge considers the motion to dismiss Mayfield's case.(SceneDaily)(12-8-2009)
NASCAR-Mayfield case to continue: A U.S. District Court judge has turned down NASCAR's request to halt the pre-trial discovery phase in a lawsuit brought against the sanctioning body by suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield. NASCAR had asked for the suspension of the investigative phase of the case until a judge can rule on a NASCAR motion for a judgment based on pleadings already submitted. The decision, issued Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen, means that depositions and production of documents will not be delayed because of the NASCAR request. The judge still needs to rule on the motion for judgment itself. In another ruling issued Monday, the judge set the date for a deposition of NASCAR Chairman Brian France for Jan. 19. The judge also ruled as moot requests by NASCAR and France's ex-wife Megan France, that they not be forced to produce documents under seal in litigation between her and Brian because Mayfield's attorneys indicated they would not seek those documents. He did grant a motion stipulating that in Megan France's deposition, she cannot be asked about the documents in that lawsuit or about the divorce agreement (SceneDaily). See past news on the lawsuitre and suspension on the #41 Team News and Links page and Drug Policy page.(12-8-2009)
Brian France submits primary residence documents in Mayfield case: NASCAR Chairman Brian France has submitted a copy of his Florida driver's license, two Florida vehicle registrations, a copy of his voting record in Florida and a copy of his 2008 federal tax return in an effort to prove to the U.S. District Court that his primary state citizenship is in Florida. The documents were submitted Tuesday in response to a court filing on behalf of suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield that claims that France misrepresented his primary residence to have the suspended driver's lawsuit moved to federal court and delay an injunction hearing. The documents are heavily edited to just show that France lived in Daytona Beach. The location of France's primary residence became an issue in the lawsuit filed by Mayfield, who was suspended by NASCAR for a May 1 drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines. Mayfield contends that the positive finding resulted from his taking a prescription drug to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and an over-the-counter allergy medicine. He also questions the procedures NASCAR used in determining the results.(in part from SceneDaily)(12-2-2009)
Lawyer files suit against Mayfield: Attorney Bill Diehl filed a lawsuit Wednesday against suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield for unpaid legal fees. According to the lawsuit, filed in Mecklenburg County, N.C., Mayfield owes Diehl's Charlotte-based law firm at least $371,973.66, plus attorney fees, interest and late charges. Mayfield hired Diehl in May shortly after being indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating the organization's substance abuse policy. It was revealed in court that Mayfield tested positive for the illegal drug methamphetamines. Mayfield left Diehl in October and hired attorney Mark Geragos. The suit claims that Diehl's repeated attempts to collect payment from Mayfield were ignored. Diehl, who makes $1,000 an hour, told ESPN.com last month at Talladega Superspeedway that he hadn't been paid.(ESPN)(11-26-2009)
Injunction dropped at Mayfield's request: The U.S. District Court judge who initially granted an injunction that lifted driver Jeremy Mayfield's suspension for what NASCAR says was a May 1 drug test that was positive for methamphetamines has rescinded the injunction at Mayfield's request. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen vacated the injunction in a three-sentence ruling Monday.
Mayfield never did get back on the track after obtaining the July 1 injunction that lifted his May 9 suspension. The U.S. Court of Appeals granted NASCAR's request for a stay of the injunction July 24, and Mayfield has been suspended since then and has sold his team. Mayfield then requested that the injunction be permanently dropped so the case can move quickly. The earliest a trial would be is September 2010, and the only consequence for not having the injunction is that Mayfield would not be able to race in NASCAR until a decision is made at trial. Last week, NASCAR filed a motion it hopes will end Mayfield's lawsuit by asking Mullen to rule on the filings instead of there being more investigation into the issues. Mayfield has yet to file a response to that motion, but his attorney has called that motion a desperate move.(SceneDaily)(11-24-2009)
NASCAR asks judge to make ruling on Mayfield case: The legal jockeying in the Jeremy Mayfield-NASCAR case continued Tuesday as the sanctioning body requested that U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen should rule in its favor based on the pleadings that already have been filed and without the two sides continuing to investigate the issues. NASCAR filed its motion Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.(see full story at SceneDaily)(11-18-2009)
Injunction dropped at Mayfield's request: The U.S. District Court judge who initially granted an injunction that lifted driver Jeremy Mayfield's suspension for what NASCAR says was a May 1 drug test that was positive for methamphetamines has rescinded the injunction at Mayfield's request. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen vacated the injunction in a three-sentence ruling Monday.
Mayfield never did get back on the track after obtaining the July 1 injunction that lifted his May 9 suspension. The U.S. Court of Appeals granted NASCAR's request for a stay of the injunction July 24, and Mayfield has been suspended since then and has sold his team. Mayfield then requested that the injunction be permanently dropped so the case can move quickly. The earliest a trial would be is September 2010, and the only consequence for not having the injunction is that Mayfield would not be able to race in NASCAR until a decision is made at trial. Last week, NASCAR filed a motion it hopes will end Mayfield's lawsuit by asking Mullen to rule on the filings instead of there being more investigation into the issues. Mayfield has yet to file a response to that motion, but his attorney has called that motion a desperate move.(SceneDaily)(11-24-2009)
Mayfield attorney says he's owed money: Charlotte-based attorney Bill Diehl says suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield hasn't paid him for services. Mayfield recently replaced Diehl and his firm with celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos. Diehl said the driver owes him "a lot" for defending him in his lawsuit against NASCAR. Mayfield brought suit against the governing body after being suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Court documents have since revealed he tested positive for methamphetamines. Diehl wished Mayfield luck with his case, but said, "I'm going to get paid." Diehl, whose fee is $1,000 per hour, said he doesn't believe Mayfield is as financially strapped as has been reported. He said his firm has asked to be paid and will seek legal action if this doesn't happen. Diehl would not say how much Mayfield owes him, but said, "We worked very hard."(ESPN.com)(11-2-2009)
Mayfield holding auction: Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is selling items worth about $5 million on the auction block next month [November 20th] as part of a favorite hobby of the N.C. resident. During the past year, the former driver has faced a swarm of controversy, including alleged drug abuse and a suspension from NASCAR. But the auction isn't because Mayfield is on hard times - he says his auction is an annual tradition on the farm. "I think this is going to be huge because we've got so much different stuff," said Mayfield. "Got some land involved in it, heavy equipment, tools... it should be fun. It's all I do all the time is try to find the nearest auction around, just trying to get a deal and just trying to outbid somebody. It's kind of competitive and sometimes I've ended up with stuff I didn't want just cause I got excited and started to bid against somebody." The auction includes 475 acres of land, a home under renovation, jewelry, guns and cars from Mayfield's personal collection. "He has a good fan base and I believe the fans will come out and support him during auction," said Will Lilly of Iron Horse Auction Co.(news14.com)(10-30-2009)
Mayfield on ESPN's Outside the Lines Sunday: Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield tells reporter Steve Delsohn, in Mayfield's first one-on-one nationally televised interview, that NASCAR is using his situation to scare the sport's marquee drivers who he says use drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine. The interview airs on Outside the Lines on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 9:00am/et on ESPN.
Some quotes from Outside the Lines: "I wish I could sit here and say 'No, it's not over,' but realistically, I would have to have a sponsor, or own my own team, or find a ride, and all those are virtually impossible with the baggage that comes along with me now." -- Jeremy Mayfield, on whether his NASCAR career is over.
"No, they could never be confused for methamphetamine in a confirmation." -- Dr. Anthony Butch, director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, which performs drug testing for U.S. Olympic athletes, the NFL and the NCAA, on whether a combination of Adderall and Claritin-D could cause a positive test for methamphetamine.
"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 then I am as a driver, owner for my own team." - Jeremy Mayfield.(ESPN)10-23-2009)
Judge denies NASCAR request for rebuke of former Mayfield attorney: A U.S. District Court judge has ruled against NASCAR's request to sanction a former attorney for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield for an affidavit that misrepresented the background of a Texas drug-testing laboratory operator. Judge Graham Mullen in Charlotte also denied NASCAR's request for Mayfield to pay for the sanctioning body's defense against assertions tied to the affidavit. The affidavit was from Harvey MacFenerstein, who has said there were mistakes in his credentials and is no longer being used by the Mayfield legal team. In his ruling Tuesday on the circumstance surrounding the submission of that affidavit, Judge Mullen said [former Mayfield attorney John] Buric probed MacFenerstein's qualifications, had reason to believe the qualifications MacFenerstein claimed to have were correct and his editorial oversight on whether MacFenerstein was a medical review officer was likely inadvertent and not serious enough for sanctions. The decision Tuesday does not impact the case schedule.(SceneDaily)(10-7-2009)
Mayfield set to hire high-profile attorney: Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is turning to high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to help fight his drug suspension. Geragos confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday night that he's finalizing a deal to represent Mayfield himself out of his Washington, D.C.-based firm Luque Geragos and Marino. "It's clear to me that there are real issues here, substantial issues, and I think he's getting a raw deal," Geragos said. Geragos declined to discuss specific issues until he could review the case, citing a protective order that U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen has in place. Mayfield has been suspended since failing a May 1 random drug test. NASCAR says he tested positive for methamphetamines, and the driver has denied using the illegal drug. Mayfield sued to have his suspension lifted, and NASCAR countersued.(Associated Press)(10-3-2009)
NASCAR asks for evaluations of Mayfield: NASCAR asked a federal judge Monday to order a mental and physical examination on suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield to determine if he has a substance-abuse problem and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The filing in U.S. District Court includes three affidavits and one deposition from four different people who claim to have witnessed Mayfield using methamphetamines multiple times since 1999. NASCAR asked U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen to order Mayfield to report for a psychiatric, neuropsychological and physical examination in November. NASCAR selected the physicians it wants to examine Mayfield. Mayfield did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.(full story at the Associated Press)(9-22-2009)
Mayfield believes he's a scapegoat: Jeremy Mayfield believes NASCAR is using him as an example. Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR on May 9 after testing positive for methamphetamines, a violation of the substance abuse policy. He spoke to ESPN's "Outside The Lines" on Wednesday. "[NASCAR wants to] get the message back to other drivers in the sport," Mayfield said. "To put the fear of God into them. To scare the other drivers. And crew members and everybody out there. I think it killed two or three birds with one stone there with the policy. And it put the fear of God in other people and other drivers who have tested positive that they didn't put in this situation." Mayfield filed a lawsuit against NASCAR. It is set to be heard in a trial jury beginning on Sept. 13, 2010. Mayfield contends he did not take methamphetamines and is seeking to be fully reinstated. He also is seeking damages. Mayfield said NASCAR banned him to scare other drivers who have tested positive. "This was sending a message to them saying, 'You better straighten your act up', without putting them through what they put me through," Mayfield said. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston responded with this statement: "The facts are clear and now recognized by the court, that Jeremy tested positive twice for methamphetamines. He was offered the chance to undergo the road to recovery but chose to go the legal route."(ESPN)(9-11-2009)
Mayfield files wrongful death lawsuit against stepmother: Suspended NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, over the death of his father two years ago. Terry Mayfield died Sept. 5, 2007, in what police investigators and the medical examiner concluded was a suicidal gunshot wound to the chest, according to investigation and medical examiner reports. Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit, filed late Friday afternoon in North Carolina Superior Court in Rowan County, does not say how Lisa Mayfield was involved in the death of Terry. It only says that "as a direct and proximate result of the defendant's intentional acts, the decedent Terry Allen Mayfield was killed by a gunshot wound." Jeremy Mayfield claims that prior to Terry Mayfield's death, Terry confronted Lisa about an affair and asked her to leave. Within several days of Terry's death, Jeremy claims the man Lisa was having an affair with broke up with his girlfriend and moved in with Lisa. It also claims that Lisa Mayfield squandered a loan meant to be used to build a barn.(SceneDaily)(9-8-2009)
Mayfield sued over engine bill: Suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield is being sued by Arrington Manufacturing for $71,000 in unpaid engine bills for four events, according to a complaint filed last week in North Carolina Superior Court in Newton, N.C. Arrington provided engines for Mayfield Motorsports for the Sprint Cup races at Phoenix, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, and Charlotte as well as the Sprint Showdown race that preceded the all-star event. Prior to each event, Mayfield and Arrington Manufacturing agreed on a price, according to the complaint. The price was based on how many miles were actually put on the motor. Mayfield paid the engine costs for Phoenix and Talladega - he did not qualify for Phoenix but ran nearly the entire Talladega race before an accident ended his day 11 laps short of the finish. He has not paid for the other four events, according to the complaint. He completed 371 laps at Richmond, failed to qualify at Darlington, and then J.J. Yeley completed all 40 laps of the Sprint Showdown and did not qualify for Charlotte. Arrington Manufacturing is asking for the $71,000 plus attorneys' fees. Mayfield and Mayfield Motorsports are listed as the defendants. Mayfield also is being sued by Triad Racing Technologies for unpaid bills of $86,304.(SceneDaily)(9-7-2009)
Judge denies request to lift injuction on Mayfield: U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen has denied NASCAR's request to permanently lift the injunction he issued July 1 that had allowed suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield to race. Mullen released his decision Tuesday, a decision he made on procedural grounds because NASCAR had already filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals, which ordered a stay on the injunction July 24 until the appeal could be heard. A hearing on the appeal is not expected until at least October, and Mayfield is suspended until the appeal can be decided. Because NASCAR had filed an appeal, Mullen said he has lost jurisdiction as far as the injunction. Mullen did state in the order issued Tuesday that because of new factual developments in the case and a new preliminary injunction standard recently introduced by the U.S. Court of Appeals, he would have been inclined to grant NASCAR's request. In Mullen's court, the lawsuit is proceeding into the investigation and trial phase, with a trial scheduled to start no earlier than September 2010.(SceneDaily)(9-2-2009)
Final brief filed Mayfield injunction case: Jeremy Mayfield's legal team has filed its final reply brief in arguing against NASCAR's request that U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen, in light of a disputed July 6 drug test, reconsider his injunction that lifted Mayfield's suspension centering around his May 1 drug test. NASCAR suspended Mayfield for a May 1 drug test that it says showed a positive result for methamphetamines. Mayfield claims the test resulted in a false positive reading created by the prescription drug Adderall, which is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the allergy medication Claritin-D. Mayfield obtained an injunction from Mullen on July 1 to keep NASCAR from enforcing the initial suspension. Since then, NASCAR has gotten that injunction put on hold - leaving Mayfield suspended - by the U.S. Court of Appeals until the appeals court can hear arguments on the matter, a process that likely will last until at least October. Mayfield's filing Tuesday mainly focuses on the legal precedent on why Mullen should not rescinded the injunction. Mayfield's lawyers also argue that NASCAR expert Mace Beckson contradicts NASCAR's contention that Mayfield poses a danger to fans since Beckson indicates that no absolute conclusion about a person's medical condition can be based solely on a drug test. There is no deadline for Mullen to rule on NASCAR's request to have the injunction rescinded.(SceneDaily)(8-20-2009)
Police called to Mayfield house UPDATE: Catawba [NC] Police have confirmed that they were called to NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's home for a trespassing call on Saturday. Now, Jeremy Mayfield and his wife confirm to NewsChannel 36 that trespasser is Mayfield's former stepmother, Lisa Mayfield. He and his wife say Lisa Mayfield was drunk, banging on their door, and they claim she even threatened to kill them. This is just the latest chapter in the saga between Mayfield and his former step-mother with whom he has been trading insults and lawsuits for the past few months. Lisa Mayfield has sued the race car driver for slander. Mayfield, on the other hand, tells NewsChannel 36 he is putting the finishing touches on his wrongful death lawsuit against his step mother. Mayfield has said publicly he doesn't believe his father committed suicide, as is listed in a 2007 police report, but that he believes his step mother had something to do with this.(wcnc.com)(8-16-2009)
UPDATE: The wife of Jeremy Mayfield on Tuesday took out a restraining order against her husband's stepmother and principal witness for NASCAR's case against the suspended Sprint Cup driver. Shana Mayfield filed the request at the Iredell County sheriff's department. "She will be served as soon as they can find her," Shana told ESPN.com. The order was sought three days after Lisa Mayfield showed up intoxicated at her stepson's home Saturday night and arrested on four counts of simple assault and for trespassing. According to the arrest warrant, Lisa physically confronted the husband and wife caretakers living on the property, their daughter and her boyfriend. She is scheduled for trial on Sept. 14. "[She] told our caretakers she would come back to kill us, she wasn't done," Shana said.(ESPN)(8-18-2009)
Mayfield sued by stepmother: Lisa Mayfield is seeking damages against her stepson, suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield, for public comments he made in regard to his civil case against NASCAR, according to court documents. Lisa Mayfield is seeking compensatory damages in excess of $10,000, punitive damages in excess of $10,000 and any other "relief as the court may deem just and proper." The complaint was filed Wednesday in the Iredell County Civil court in Statesville.(read the full story at ESPN.com)(7-29-2009)
Mayfield vs. NASCAR Trial date - Sept 2010: Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR has been set to be heard in a trial jury beginning on Sept. 13, 2010, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. The date was ordered by U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen. Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR on May 9 after testing positive for methamphetamines, a violation of the substance abuse policy. The suspension was lifted by Mullen in June, but reinstated by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week. Mayfield contends he did not take methamphetamines and is seeking to be fully reinstated. He also is seeking damages. In its most recent filing seeking that the suspension be permanent as long as the case is pending, NASCAR said it has several witnesses willing to testify that Mayfield took methamphetamines. Attorneys already have filed an affidavit from Mayfield's stepmother saying Mayfield has taken amphetamines since 1998.(ESPN)(7-29-2009)
NASCAR says Mayfield lied to federal court: NASCAR accused Jeremy Mayfield of lying to a federal court about the chronology of a second random drug test, offering to provide an audio tape of the conversation in which Mayfield was told to submit a sample. The driver says the telephone call went to voicemail. The accusation came Monday in court filings that ask U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen to lift the July 1 injunction he granted Mayfield so he could return to racing. NASCAR disputed the sworn testimony Mayfield provided to U.S. District Court last week, including the assertion that a July 6 request for a second drug test went to his voicemail at 1:18 p.m. He said he didn't get the message until about 40 minutes later, making it difficult for him to meet the two-hour deadline to report for testing. NASCAR has asked Mullen to reverse the injunction based on new evidence - the failed July 6 test, and sworn testimony from Mayfield's estranged stepmother that she witnessed him using meth at least 30 times over the years.(see full AP story)
AND NASCAR filed court documents Monday stating that the sanctioning body has several witnesses to Jeremy Mayfield's alleged drug use, but that they are hesitant to come forward after Mayfield's comments about his stepmother.(more at SceneDaily)(7-28-2009)
Carter buys Mayfield's team UPDATE: Tony Furr, Jeremy Mayfield's long-time crew chief, says that Mayfield has sold his [#41] team [hauler and cars] to Georgia businessman, John Carter, who has been in racing for a while [the #08 Carter Simo Racing team], and Furr says he expected Labonte to run the rest of the season with the team, in as many races as it can make. Furr says the team will continue running out of Mayfield's old shop. Furr is overseeing the operation, and said Friday morning Mayfield may well be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway sometime this weekend. However NASCAR won a legal appeal Friday afternoon in the U.S. 4th circuit court of appeals that should put Mayfield back on suspension. The latest legal move, in NASCAR's favor, would apparently put Mayfield back on suspension, until the court case itself can be resolved. And that case might not get going for several months."John Carter owns it, bought it from Jeremy," Furr says. "I haven't talked with Jeremy in about a week so I don't know if he'll be here. Terry is going to run the car wherever we run it, and we may run it the rest of the year, don't know yet." Toyota's Joey Arrington is doing the motors; Jeremy Lafave is the crew chief. Furr says he himself "is mainly a consultant."(MikeMulhern.net), also as announced a few weeks ago, Boris Said is scheduled to run some races in the #08, running a Ford with Frankie Stoddard as the crew chief, supposedly at Watkins Glen and Talladega. No word if Mayfield's #41 team owner race attempts (12 attempts) and owners points transferred over to the #08 team.(7-24-2009)
UPDATE: Suspended Sprint Cup owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield has sold his hauler and inventory of cars and parts to John Carter, who plans to compete in as many races as he can the rest of the season. Carter said the deal included six cars, including one Terry Labonte ran in Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Labonte has agreed to drive in five races -- Indianapolis, Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta and Charlotte -- and could drive in more if sponsorship is available. Carter will run the team out of his shop in Tacoa, Ga., and the shop Mayfield rented in the Charlotte, N.C., area. Four of Mayfield's crew members, including crew chief Tony Furr, are now employed by Carter. The deal did not include an opportunity or Mayfield to drive for Carter if cleared. "That wasn't even discussed,'' Carter said.(ESPN)(7-26-2009)
Mayfield's hair may be tested: The back and forth between NASCAR and driver Jeremy Mayfield over drug allegations has gotten so bad that in Mayfield's latest statement he describes the humiliation of having to go to the bathroom while someone watched.
So what could bring it all to an end? It turns out it could come down to a piece of hair. "It's like the bully in school," Jeremy Mayfield told NewsChannel 36 last week. "Every three to five days I go get tested." Who ends up in victory lane may come down to the difference between urinating in a cup and pulling a hair. "The drug that is incorporated into your hair -- it stays there. You get a record, basically, of drug use with the hair," said Dr. Ruth Winecker, the chief toxicologist for the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office. She says there's no messing with hair. But no one has tested Mayfield's hair, just his urine samples. "There are techniques people can use to try to cheat the system," Winecker said. That's exactly what both sides have accused each other of doing. NASCAR says Mayfield diluted his urine even before testing positive for meth, and Mayfield says NASCAR did something to his urine. NewsChannel 36 asked Mayfield's attorney if they'll be testing his hair as the judge in the case suggested several weeks ago. Attorney John Buric told us they are looking at the possibility, but right now they have been told Mayfield's hair is too short.(NewsChannel 36)(7-23-2009)
Mayfield working on 'big' sponsor deal, seeking ride: Jeremy Mayfield, who says he's "80% there" on getting a major sponsorship deal that might enable him to once again drive in the Sprint Cup Series, isn't on the entry list for Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. But that doesn't mean he won't be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Mayfield spoke by phone Tuesday morning, prior to meeting his legal team to discuss his ongoing court battle over NASCAR suspending him from competition as either an owner or a driver as of May 9, due to a positive result for methamphetamine in a random drug test taken May 1 at Richmond International Raceway.
"I'd like to come to Indy just to come watch, and to try to get a ride," Mayfield said. "We're working on sponsorship deals as we speak and I'm telling you, if this works out, it's going to be big. And what's funny is, it could be big in all kinds of different ways, and all I needed was [NASCAR's] support, and to work with me on this. They could have had races sponsored and tracks sponsored and I could have been with one of their big teams with a big sponsor and I guess they don't want that, because I didn't need them to get it." NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said that he is "unfamiliar with the possible sponsor opportunity" that Mayfield references. Yet, Mayfield's description of the company he's talking to was vivid. "Sounds like a union, doesn't it?" Mayfield said. "Imagine if they got involved, and they're behind me 200 percent right now. America's not about a dictatorship no more and it never was."(NASCAR.com)(7-23-2009)
Mayfield Attorneys: NASCAR hasn't proved case: UPDATE: Attorneys for Jeremy Mayfield filed papers on Monday arguing NASCAR has not shown sufficient reason that the court should overturn the decision to lift the Sprint Cup driver's suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. The papers filed in U.S. District Court are a counter to NASCAR's request on Wednesday asking for an immediate stay of the injunction after Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamine for a second time. The counterclaim did not address the second test. Mayfield has since claimed the governing body spiked the July 6 test to get the desired results. His attorney, John Buric, released results of another test taken on the same day but performed by LabCorp, an independent laboratory not hired by NASCAR, that came up negative for methamphetamines and amphetamines. NASCAR officials argue that the LabCorp test should not be recognized because there is no evidence that the sample is legitimate or that proper procedure was used. Asked for specifics about the test, such as whether Mayfield was directly observed giving the sample, Bill Bonello of LabCorp said, "LabCorp does not comment on drug testing results."(see full story ESPN)(7-21-2009)
UPDATE: An independent drug test on Jeremy Mayfield was negative for methamphetamines, contradicting the results of a NASCAR test taken 40 minutes earlier, the driver claimed in court documents filed Tuesday. In response to NASCAR's claim that Mayfield again tested positive for methamphetamines on July 6, Mayfield submitted an affidavit to the U.S. District Court that said he traveled to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., right after NASCAR collected a sample at his Catawba County home. In a room he described as "very sterile," Mayfield said he emptied his pockets, washed his hands and was ushered into a bathroom, where he provided another urine sample. Mayfield said in the court filing he received confirmation from Laboratory Corporation of America in Raleigh, N.C., that his sample was negative on July 10 - the same day NASCAR informed his counsel that its sample was positive. Dr. Harold Schueler of the Broward County (Fla.) Medical Examiner's Office, filed an affidavit on behalf of Mayfield that claimed the levels of methamphetamine in NASCAR's test are "astronomical" and "could not be remotely accurate, unless Mr. Mayfield was deceased or a chronic abuser." (Associated Press)(7-22-2009)
- Mayfield speaks to reporters; NASCAR Spiked test? UPDATE - own test results: Going against the wishes of his attorney, embattled NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield speaks for almost 20 minutes in a FOX Charlotte interview, Mayfield discusses his drug testing problems, his relationship with NASCAR and his plans going forward - including a film crew! See it at foxcharlotte.com.
AND WBTV Reporter Sarah Batista interviewed Mayfield at his home in Catawba County Thursday night. He accuses NASCAR of conspiring against him. "I've never done meth," Mayfield said. Mayfield says there's no doubt in his mind that NASCAR is trying to make an example out of him but he says he's not going down without a fight. NASCAR says Mayfield tested positive once again for methamphetamine on July 6th less than two months after he was suspended for a similar infraction. Mayfield told WBTV the results of this test were not accurate. He claims the results turned up positive because he took allergy medicine and Adderal for his Attention Deficit Disorder. "When you look at 15 tests since May 1st, and two have tested positive, why are they all negative for meth except two?" Mayfield asked. He claims the only reason NASCAR won't let him have the backup samples retested is because they "doctored it up" and "spiked my urine." WBTV learned from a source on Thursday that Mayfield has sold his race shop and equipment located on Highway 49 in Harrisburg, NC.(see more and video at WBTV/CBS)(7-17-2009)
UPDATE: Lawyers for Mayfield released results of his own independent drug test, showing no sign of methamphetamine. Friday afternoon, Mayfield's lawyers revealed what they said is proof the driver does not use drugs. Attorney John Buric said the results show no detection of meth or amphetamines. The results, one sheet of paper from LabCorp, do not have Mayfield's name only a number. "This number is referred to in the sample data packet that will show that it is Mr. Mayfield's sample," Buric said. That data will not be available until next week.(wsoctv.com, see the PDF: Mayfield's Independent Drug Test Results from WSOC)(7-18-2009)
NASCAR Responds: NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston responded to Mayfield's test. "They seem to be light on details don't you think?" Poston told WCNC. "It's all pretty transparent. We will continue to let real science and sworn affidavits do our talking."(ESPN)(7-19-2009)
- Mayfield talks on Sirius Late Shift [this is a long post]: On Wednesday's "Late Shift" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, hosts Nate Ryan and and Buddy Baker spoke with NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield. NASCAR filed a motion with a federal appeals court saying Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamine in a second round of drug tests and should have his suspension from the sport reinstated.
Host, Nate Ryan: "Your reaction to [the allegations]?"
Jeremy Mayfield: "Well, first of all I didn't think they were going to come back and say I was clean you know what I mean? Because that's just not, doesn't seem which way they want to work anymore. I had a test done before their test and I had a test done 30, 35 minutes after their test that got different results than what they're mentioning there. We'll hear more about that tomorrow, more detail on that. But it's just part of the deal that's going on. It's just a bad deal all the way around for everybody involved and stuff just keeps popping up, one thing after another. It'll all come out and at the end we'll all know. And I think a lot of you guys that I've known and seen the past for years know for sure without a shadow of doubt there's nothing wrong here, nothing going on. And they have a hard time admitting when they're wrong or done something wrong and we all know that, whether we admit it or not, we know that and it's just part of the battle, part of the things we're going to have to fight here."
Host, Buddy Baker: "There was also a report there that your stepmother had suggested that she had watched you use drugs. What in the world is going on there?"
Mayfield: "I'm not even going to call that lady my stepmom. That was a lady who was married to my dad who is very, very angry at me. And that's all going to come out too. It's a whole different subject. A lady who pretty much shot and killed my dad and that'll all, in the next few days you'll be hearing more about that. It's just another part of my life that's going on that I've had to get figured out. I had private investigators and everything on my dad's case when it all happened in '07. She's a very evil lady and obviously can be bought and her time's coming. And it's definitely somebody that doesn't like me whatsoever and doesn't deserve to even have the Mayfield last name. She's, like I said, very angry and obviously out to do whatever she's got to do and NASCAR jumps right on the bandwagon. And I guess when you get paid to say something you can say whatever you want to say. But, like I said, that's a whole different, separate thing that's going on in my life that you'll be hearing about more in the next couple of days with a wrongful death situation that she's involved in and trying everything she can to get back at me. And what do you say? I damn sure won't call her a stepmom, I tell you that. She never was."
Ryan: "Going back to what you were saying there about the testing, when NASCAR did its test a week ago, on Monday, you did a test at another facility? Are you saying those test results will show that you didn't test positive for methamphetamine?"
Mayfield: "Yeah, definitely. And I took it at two different facilities. One was at the Piedmont Urgent Care before their test and another one actually at an emergency room right after their test. And the one I took after their test was, I'm going to say 30, 35 minutes later just to let you know the timeline there. I promise you they'll show different results than what they show."
Baker: "What has this done to your life as far as just walking around? A lot of people know you and think highly of you but have you noticed a difference in just daily life since this came about?"
Mayfield: "Oh, definitely, Buddy. It's something that we're dealing with on a daily basis. Every day, all day long, this is what we deal with and have been since it happened. But I can tell you this: I'm not going to lay down. I'm going to stand up for what's right. That's the way I am and who I am. And they can try and throw every little tactical thing they can throw at me but I can promise you I'm not going down. I want the world to know that. And if I do anything at all hopefully it'll make their drug policy like it needs to be and it helps another driver or several drivers in the future. At least give them a fair shake and this won't happen again. And that's what bothers me more than anything, is how wrong, and the lie that you have to sit here and read every day on the internet and see how wrong this whole situation is. I haven't said anything for awhile. I've been real quiet, letting them do their own deal. Let Ramsey [Poston] run his mouth on a daily basis. And I just can't take it no more and I need to tell the truth. I need to let everybody know that what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong. And I find it hard for a guy in Brian France's position to sit here and tell the world how great and how strong their drug policy is and basically, you look at the World Anti-Doping Association - I said this last week in an interview - you go ask anybody in any kind of sporting series in the world what kind of policy we have and it's the worst out there. And I have a hard time when Brian wants to sit there and tell all the race fans out there how strong and how great their policy is when in fact it's not. And I just don't believe in things like that and it's time to tell it. It's time for the world to know that kind of stuff."
Ryan: "Another contention from NASCAR is that you attempted to dilute this drug test and that was the reason for the delay, that you had attempted to dilute it by ingesting large quantities of water. Would you care to respond to that?"
Mayfield: "Yeah, I'd love to respond to it. The day after this happened, day one, we started shooting a documentary on all this, some buddies of mine and friends of mine in the past that I worked with, they're in the movie business kinda, out in L.A. And we started shooting a documentary of our lives every day since then. And Buddy asked the question: How'd this change your life? We're going to show on TV, and the world's going to know how it's changed our life because they've been with us every day, 24/7. And that day there they were with us and watched. They met the NASCAR security and, I guess, the collectors at my front porch. Nobody held them off for 10 minutes. Nobody had done any of that stuff. Nobody was running and hiding. I waited here at my house for an hour and a half and it's documented on tape, live, waiting for them to get here. And they say, 'Well, you ran from this, ran from that.' They give me 18 minutes. My attorney told me - I had a meeting on Monday - I had 18 minutes to get to the lab of their choice, whatever it was, to go take my test. Well, there's no way I could make it in 18 minutes. And I got mad about it. I was like, 'There's no way I can make it there.' So we went and got our own test right before just to show the world I was not trying to hide anything. So we've got all this documented and it's all going to come out and the truth will be known."
Ryan: "What can you tell us about your NASCAR career at this point? Do you have any designs on even racing in NASCAR right now or is it more just about trying to prove your point here and not really worrying about continuing your career?"
Mayfield: "I'm not worried about continuing my career because, you know, we all know what happens when you buck the system and you go back and try to race again. It's not going to work out for me for whatever reason that we all know. My deal now is I can't afford to sit there and pay employees and pay people to work on race cars when we don't have the money to do that. And we're putting all of our resources, everything we got now, into fighting this to the end. And that's what we intend to do and [are] going to do. And I just can't keep people on the payroll for no reason, you know?"
Ryan: "What's the next step from here? Where do you expect this case to go and does this mean we aren't going to see you at the racetrack again anytime soon?"
Mayfield: "I doubt you will. The case, like I said, I'm fighting it to the end, whatever I've got to do. It's just like if somebody accuses you. They say, 'Hey, man, you're going to jail.' For what reason they don't tell you. They send you to jail and you've got to explain later how you're going to get out, this, that and the other. You're not going to do that. You're not going to take the fall for somebody else. You're going to stand up and be a man about it and fight for what's right and that's what I gotta do."
Baker: "Like you said, right or wrong, we'll know the truth here pretty soon."
Mayfield: "Right, that's the whole deal right there. And, like I said, we've had a camera crew with us 24/7 that's going to be [unintelligible] every bit of this and we'll all see it. And one other thing as I sit here and think about this: You know, Brian France out there talking about effective drug policy, it's kind of like Al Capone talking about effective law enforcement. And that's the way I feel about it. The pot shouldn't be calling the kettle black, you know what I'm saying? And I think the world needs to hear that, too."
Ryan: "NASCAR has said they have not tested the B sample yet from what they collected from you. Was your test observed, the one you conducted at an independent laboratory? Was that observed by someone and was there a B sample for that?"
Mayfield: "Yes, there is a B sample and, yes, it was at a professional lab. When you go take these drug tests and everybody that's had one - and by the way I'm getting them, I've been getting them since this happened about every three or four days I go get a drug test. I'll say in the next couple weeks I'll probably have up to 15 or 16 different tests that show clean and the only two that show positive are the ones that come from [Dr.] David Black down at his lab. And the B sample, their deal with the B sample was we told them what lab to send it to, send our B sample, since that belongs to me supposedly, send it to a credible lab. We told them what lab to send it to. They didn't want to send it to that lab. They wanted to send it to the lab they wanted to send it to. Well, if it's my sample why can't it be my choice? There again, policy-wise, that's the way it is in all sports. You send it - the B sample belongs to the donor - you send it to the lab you want it sent it to. And [for] some reason they're not doing that. They can sit there and say what they want to and make up all the excuses they want to. That's the truth. They did not want to send it to the lab we wanted it sent to."
Ryan: "Do you feel as if you've been targeted here? Do you feel as if NASCAR is singling you out and, if so, what would be the motive for that?"
Mayfield: "I feel like I was definitely targeted and definitely was going to be, they thought, a good example for their drug policy. I'd go away for thirty days or whatever and come back, got my own team, and drive again. But nobody, like I said, nobody in their right mind would do that and that's when you got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything, you know? And the deal with me, they got me and I was a good example for their policy. Remember policy, that Brian talks about all the time? If they got me then none of their stars would ever have to go down for a positive drug test, which Brian said the other day they have all the time, positive drug tests. There again, if it's a zero policy, zero tolerance on their policy, then how do you have a bunch of positive drug tests? Why was mine the only one positive that was going to have to be used for an example?"
(SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio)(7-16-2009)
- Mayfield defends himself; suing stepmother: Jeremy Mayfield didn't spare his stepmother or NASCAR in defending himself against Wednesday's report that he has again tested positive for methamphetamines. NASCAR filed court papers on Wednesday saying that his most recent drug test came back positive and including an affidavit from Mayfield's stepmother Lisa who claims to have seen the racer using drugs on numerous occasions. Mayfield said he does not trust NASCAR testing and saved his strongest words for his stepmother. "She's basically a whore," he told ESPN.com's David Newton. "She shot and killed my dad." Mayfield's father Terry died in 2007 at age 56, and Mayfield told ESPN.com that his stepmother will be served with a wrongful death suit on Thursday. "She knows what we've got on her," Mayfield said. "For her to come out and do this is pretty ballsy. Everybody that's ever know me knows I never, ever have been around her for more than 10 hours of my life. She's a gold digger. I knew that from Day 1." Although he said he has no proof, Mayfield claimed that NASCAR paid Lisa Mayfield for her affidavit. "It wouldn't take much money. She tried to get money from me," Mayfield said. "I have a very short fuse when it comes to her." Mayfield said he has been tested for drugs every two to five days by an independent lab and never tested positive. He said it was no coincidence that the tests by NASCAR's lab resulted in his suspension and now another positive test. In blasting NASCAR, he went straight for the top, chairman Brian France.(more at ESPN.com)(7-16-2009)
- NASCAR: Mayfield again tests positive for meth: NASCAR says Jeremy Mayfield has again tested positive for methamphetamine and wants the federal judge who lifted the driver's drug suspension to reinstate the ban. The positive result from a July 6 random test was included in a U.S. District Court filing Wednesday. The filing includes an affidavit from Mayfield's stepmother, who claims she personally witnessed the driver using methamphetamine at least 30 times over seven years. NASCAR says in its filings that the "A" sample had levels of methamphetamine consistent with habitual users who consume high doses. The filing also claims Mayfield and his attorneys have failed to select a qualified laboratory to test the backup "B" sample.(Associated Press)
AND The general manager of Jeremy Mayfield's race team says he has left the organization because he doesn't believe Mayfield Motorsports will return to the race track. Bobby Wooten says he was the last remaining employee. The team was started this season, and Mayfield said in court documents he had to lay off 10 employees since NASCAR suspended him in May for failing a random drug test. A federal judge has lifted that suspension, but Mayfield did not bring the #41 Toyota to the track in the two races since he was reinstated. Wooten says he does not believe Mayfield has any interest in resurrecting the team.(Associated Press)(7-15-2009)
- Mayfield may have sponsor for Indy? If Jeremy Mayfield's injunction against NASCAR is upheld during upcoming court proceedings, he may have a sponsor for the July 26 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard-and beyond. In an interview Friday with Full Throttle Autos Online, Robert Craddock, the Florida-based owner of SmallSponsor.com, expressed his confidence in Mayfield's innocence despite a failed drug test in May. "How many years has Jeremy been doing this? Has there ever been an indication [of a drug problem] in all those years?" Craddock said. "I think the answer is no." Craddock went on to call the test "completely bogus," citing reports that Mayfield would be dead if he tested positive at the level of methamphetamine NASCAR says he did. To that end, Craddock says he's in very positive discussions with a Fortune 500-level company that would be willing to join SmallSponsor.com as a co-primary sponsor of Mayfield's #41 Camry. Even if that partnership didn't develop, Craddock said SmallSponsor.com has funding to support Mayfield. "We could definitely support it, but it's like everything else, you can never have enough money," Craddock said of his company, which funded Mayfield Motorsports prior to the driver's suspension and for a brief period after J.J. Yeley was put into the car. Bobby Wooten, team manager of Mayfield Motorsports, was noncommittal about Craddock's promises, although he called Craddock a friend of the team and said he was working hard to help put the #41 back on the track. "We're waiting for Robert to get everything put together," Wooten said. "If he can bring to the table what he says he can, we'll be more than glad to get out there with him." Craddock says Mayfield's suspension has held up big plans for the company, including a national television ad campaign and potentially naming rights to a Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. "They're shooting the hands that have literally been feeding them," Craddock said of NASCAR delaying his program during a soft sponsorship and advertising climate.(Full Throttle Autos)(7-15-2009)
- Mayfield's latest drug test still being analyzed UPDATE: NASCAR was still analyzing Jeremy Mayfield's latest drug test Friday, four days after demanding the driver submit to a random test. "The process continues," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said, declining further comment. Dr. David Black, the program administrator, said Wednesday the test processed by Aegis Sciences Corp. would be completed by Friday at the latest. His Nashville, Tenn.-based lab typically needs four days to analyze a sample. "I just don't think there's anything to report right now. I did not come to work (Friday) expecting we'd get the results," Mayfield attorney John Buric said. "But then again, I'm a lawyer, and I can wait a year for a ruling. So I am never too surprised when things take time. I wouldn't read too much into it, honestly."(Associated Press)(7-11-2009)
UPDATE: NASCAR has not issued the results of the drug test administered to Jeremy Mayfield on July 6. NASCAR ordered Mayfield to be tested again July 6. Mayfield submitted to the test and also went to two independent labs July 6 to give urine samples. "The process continues," was all NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston would say about the test results Monday morning. Mayfield attorney John Buric did not immediately respond to a voice mail Monday asking about the test results. Poston said Monday that once the process is over, the sanctioning body likely would say whether the results of the test were positive or negative. NASCAR typically does not announce the results of negative tests, but it also typically is not public knowledge who is being tested. NASCAR also doesn't typically comment on positive tests until the B sample is verified. Dr. David Black, whose Aegis Laboratories conducts the NASCAR drug-testing program, said last week that he had hoped to have the results analyzed by last Friday but it could take longer depending on what the initial results showed. If Mayfield's initial sample showed that it was positive, Black said he would have to ask the court what to do with the B sample because part of Mayfield's lawsuit centers around whether Aegis or an independent laboratory should analyze the B sample. There were no filings in either U.S. District Court nor the U.S. Court of Appeals (where NASCAR is asking for the injunction to be overturned) about the test as of Monday morning.(SceneDaily)(7-14-2009)
- Mayfield defends himself in interview; considering selling team: UPDATE: Suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield has broken his silence, vehemently denying allegations of drug use and adamantly defending himself from recent NASCAR claims in an exclusive interview with ESPN. "Every time there's an action [by NASCAR], there's going to be a reaction. From here on out," Mayfield said in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Statesville, N.C. "I try to be nice. I try to be respectful to them. I try to do everything right. But I'm not getting drug through the mud no more." Mayfield repeated his stance that he never took methamphetamine. He also said he no longer consumes alcohol, largely due to the fact, he said, his father was a "bad alcoholic." Asked if he had ever taken illegal drugs, Mayfield responded, "What are you calling illegal? I've drank beer. I don't drink beer at all anymore. I don't drink. Don't do anything." He said he feels as though NASCAR is attempting to make an example of him. "I feel like that's exactly what they thought I was going to be. Exactly. To a 'T,'" Mayfield said. "Now, all the sudden, Brian's [France, NASCAR Chairman] coming back saying, 'Well, we have positive tests all the time.' Well, if it's a zero-tolerance policy, how in the hell do you have people testing positive all the time? "Then he comes back and says there's a list. I forget what big word he used -- an exhaustive list of drugs. Everybody in the world has asked him why the drivers don't have a list. What did he say? Now there's a list -- an exhaustive list. Right? Where's it at?" Mayfield broke his silence in response to accusations by NASCAR on Wednesday that he had purposely delayed taking a drug test by more than seven hours on Monday. The comments infuriated Mayfield, who said he was sent on a "wild goose chase," and was given just 18 minutes to get to a NASCAR-appointed lab to undergo testing. "I wasn't running or hiding from anybody, because I don't have to," he said.(ESPN.com)(7-9-2009)
UPDATE: Unable to find funding since his suspension for failing a random drug test, Jeremy Mayfield is considering selling his race team. Shana Mayfield said Thursday she and her husband are considering selling their remaining inventory because they don't have the cash to field a race team. Mayfield transferred ownership of the #41 Toyota to his wife following his May 9 suspension. "We are looking at all options at this point, since we cannot get sponsorship," Shana Mayfield said.(Associated Press), for Mayfield's timeline of events, NASCAR's decision to appeal, and all the previous information on the Mayfield issue, see the NASCAR Substance Abuse News page.(7-10-2009)
- Mayfield not going to Chicago: Reinstated NASCAR driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield will not race this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway as part of an oral agreement with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Mayfield lawyer John Buric said Thursday morning. Mayfield obtained an injunction July 1 from U.S. District Court in Charlotte to lift a suspension for a failed drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines. NASCAR asked the appeals court in Richmond, Va., Wednesday to immediately lift the injunction so it can suspend Mayfield until there is a hearing on the appeal. Buric said that since Mayfield hadn't found sponsorship to race this week, he agreed to not go to Chicagoland - where practice starts this afternoon for the race Saturday - so he can have more time to respond to NASCAR's request to have the injunction lifted. If he was still entertaining thoughts of going to Chicagoland, Mayfield would have had to respond to NASCAR's motion by today. Now he has until next Wednesday. "He couldn't get the sponsorships anyway to race," Buric said. "We agreed with NASCAR and reported to the court that he would not be racing this weekend, taking away the urgency of their motion, so we could properly brief it. ... If you listen to the folks in the garages and you listen to the owners and you listen to the other drivers, he is a pariah at this point, and nobody is touching him right now. "It made our decision simple to report to the court that there is no urgency, you don't need to decide this by today, give us the standard seven days to respond."(SceneDaily)(7-9-2009)
- NASCAR appeals judge's decision on Mayfield: UPDATE 2: NASCAR has asked a federal judge to reverse his ruling and keep driver Jeremy Mayfield off the track. NASCAR filed the motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen to reinstate Mayfield's ban. The latest twist comes after Mullen's decision last week to grant an injunction clearing him to compete. Mullen said the chance of a false positive on his drug test was "quite substantial." NASCAR disputes Mullen's conclusion, and says Mayfield poses a threat to public safety. NASCAR also filed a notice saying it plans to bring the case before a federal appeals court.(Associated Press)(7-6-2009)
UPDATE: NASCAR on Wednesday asked an appeals court to ban Jeremy Mayfield from racing, alleging the participation of "a proven methamphetamine user" could lead to fatal consequences for other competitors and fans. NASCAR asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn last week's injunction that lifted Mayfield's indefinite suspension for a failing a random drug test. In the filing, NASCAR argues U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen relied on incorrect information when he lifted the suspension. If allowed on the track, NASCAR believes Mayfield poses a dangerous threat.(Associated Press)(7-8-2009)
UPDATE 2: Mayfield attorney John Buric scoffed at the idea Mayfield is a potential danger and revealed the driver was tested twice Monday - once at an independent laboratory and once at his home by NASCAR. "He's not a danger, and they have the right to test him anytime to find that out," Buric said. "In fact, they did test him on Monday night at his home. A group of people went to his home and watched him pee in a cup. It was humiliating." NASCAR's appeal did not mention the most recent random test, but spokesman Ramsey Poston confirmed Mayfield was tested Monday evening. But Buric and NASCAR differed on what exactly happened during the seven-plus hours after Mayfield was asked to report for testing. Buric and NASCAR differed on what exactly happened during the seven-plus hours between the time Mayfield was asked to report for testing and when NASCAR collected a sample - a lag time the program administrator called "a classic case of delay tactics used by someone who doesn't want to be tested. The standard procedure for this type of testing is notification to an individual and no more than a 2-hour time lapse before the sample is collected," said Dr. David Black, CEO of Aegis Sciences Corp., which runs NASCAR's program. "When an individual has more than two hours, they have an opportunity to engage in behavior that can mask a sample. When you are dealing with a seven-hour lag, there is a great opportunity for mischief." NASCAR said Mayfield was notified by an Aegis representative at 1:18 p.m. Monday to report to a nearby testing center within two hours, but the driver said he had to first speak to his attorney. After a delay, Buric told NASCAR that Mayfield couldn't get to the center by 3:18 p.m., so NASCAR said it found a lab closer to his location. At 3:45 p.m., Mayfield called the lab to say he was close but lost, and a receptionist offered to talk him the rest of the way, Poston said. NASCAR said Mayfield told the lab he would call right back but no one was contacted until 5:30 p.m., when Buric called NASCAR to inform them Mayfield could not find the location so the lawyer had sent him to an independent laboratory. Two testers and a NASCAR security officer arrived at Mayfield's home in Catawba County, N.C., at 7:20 p.m., could not gain access for 10 minutes, and then weren't able to persuade Mayfield to give a sample until 8:20 p.m. Even though Mayfield has been cleared to race, Buric said he doubted the driver will be in Chicago for this weekend's event. Mayfield has until Thursday afternoon to enter his Mayfield Motorsports' car or find another team owner willing to hire him for the event. "As of right now, he does not have any sponsors, he does not have anyone asking him to drive," Buric said. "His career is all but ruined unless someone gives him a chance. But people are treating him like a pariah. We thought the injunction was an important factor in getting him back on track. As it appears to be turning out, having accomplished that doesn't at all get him what he really wants: getting back in a car going around the track."(Associated Press)(7-8-2009)
- Mayfield not on Chicago entry list: NASCAR driver #41-Jeremy Mayfield's name isn't on the entry list for Saturday's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Mayfield, whose drug suspension was overturned by a federal judge last week, still could attempt to qualify for the race. Under NASCAR rules, teams have until one hour before the first practice to register. That gives Mayfield until Thursday afternoon, but he would have to pay a penalty. Mayfield admitted in court filings that his Mayfield Motorsports team is struggling financially. He also could make the race if hired to drive for another team.(Associated Press/ESPN.com), see my Chicago Entry List page for the current entries.(7-6-2009)
- Furr say Mayfield team can be ready for Chicago: Mayfield Motorsports' #41 Toyota hasn't been on the race track since the May 24 Coca-Cola 600. One week after that race, the Mayfields were forced to lay off their team members, including crew chief Tony Furr. Gaining sponsorship money to revive the team is their primary goal. Furr, who was at Daytona working as a consultant with owner Larry Gunselman's #64-Sprint Cup team -- which was sent home Friday when qualifying was rained out -- said he had a meeting set with Mayfield for Monday and that he saw no problem being ready for Chicagoland or anywhere else. "I want to figure out what he wants to do, because all the stuff is still there at the shop," Furr said. "We're a day-and-a-half away from having [a car] ready to go to wherever. The full crew worked for a week after the Charlotte 600 -- everyone worked together and left together." Furr said he'd continued to speak to his former Mayfield Motorsports co-workers and that getting them back together wouldn't be difficult. "I could have a team in place in less than an hour," Furr said. "There are a lot of people out on the street right now and most of the guys that were there to start with will come back -- I've talked to every one of them and been in touch with them since this [judge's] ruling.(NASCAR.com)(7-5-2009)
- Mayfield releases letter; hopes to be a Chicago:
To all my fans, friends and fellow competitors:
First and foremost, Shana and I want to thank all of you who have supported us. To say that the last two months have been two of the worst months of my entire life is an understatement. The only event I can think of that brought me even greater pain was the loss of my father in 2007.
Last Wednesday's ruling by Judge Mullen was a giant step towards clearing my name and getting the 41 car back on the track. Our hope was to bring our team to Daytona this weekend to qualify and race in the Coke Zero 400. For those who know me well, there is nothing in the world that I would rather do than race for you all on the 4th of July. Following Judge Mullen's ruling, we had less than twenty-four hours to prepare the car, assemble a team, get sponsorship and travel to Daytona. Ultimately, we were unable to get this done in time. We've received several phone calls from friends and fans as well as friends in the media wondering if we would be coming to Daytona this weekend, anyway. We've decided that our time is best spent back here in North Carolina working around the clock to try and secure the funding needed to get the 41 car to Chicago and beyond. Shana and I as well as everyone at Mayfield Motorsports will do everything in our power to race next weekend.
Finally, we've been watching on television and reading online about the "Storm Clouds Over Daytona" and the "Mayfield Media Circus." Honestly, this is the last thing Shana or I want for anybody. This weekend shouldn't be about a questionable drug test or a flawed drug testing system. It should be about celebrating our country, the greatest country in the world. So, enjoy the weekend with your friends and family, and have a very happy Independence Day. We look forward to seeing you all at the track very soon.
Thanks again for keeping us in your hearts and prayers.
Jeremy and Shana Mayfield
- NASCAR changes drug testing process: #9-Kasey Kahne says NASCAR has stepped up its drug testing procedure since the suspension of Jeremy Mayfield. Kahne said the tests he took prior to the suspension were "in and out" in five to 10 minutes. He said his most recent test two weeks ago at Infineon Raceway took nearly 40 minutes. "It's a process now," Kahne said on Thursday at Daytona. "Every little step you have to sign your name or initial, work with the person that is taking the sample. To me that's because of the whole Mayfield incident, to clarify everything and make sure the driver and also the person taking the sample is on the same page." NASCAR's procedure was under attack when attorneys were seeking a temporary injunction to get Mayfield's suspension lifted, which it was on Wednesday by a federal judge in Charlotte, N.C. Attorneys for Mayfield questioned whether Mayfield saw the seal put on his "A" and "B" samples. Kahne said he always has watched the collector put on the seal, but that the process wasn't so detailed before. #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, who was tested at Dover in early June, said there is a lot more paperwork now. "I did it at Daytona [in February] and it was a little easier," he said. "[At Dover] it was like proof of who you are. I'm like, 'I'm a freaking racer.' " Three-time defending Cup champion #48-Jimmie Johnson has not been tested since Mayfield's suspension, but said he's had to wait on other drivers who were and it's taken longer. He noted at Sonoma Kahne held up things because he had to go get his driver's license, something that he didn't understand to be required previously.(ESPN.com)(7-3-2009)
- NASCAR questions Mayfield's urgency to get back to track: NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Jeremy Mayfield's absence from the track Friday called into question the argument his attorneys used in requesting a preliminary injunction on NASCAR's drug suspension. Here's what Poston said: "Jeremy and his legal team asked for a preliminary injunction for emergency relief because it was necessary apparently to come and compete here in Daytona. Apparently he's not here and it appears as if he's not going to compete this weekend which would raise some questions on how much of an emergency it really was."(Orlando Sentinel)(7-3-2009)
- Mayfield not at Daytona as garage opens: UPDATE 2: Car owners #64-Larry Gunselman and #36-Tommy Baldwin say they will not put Jeremy Mayfield in their cars this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Gunselman says his sponsor, Fred's, does not want Mayfield in the car. Baldwin says Mayfield has too much baggage to drive his car. Mayfield's indefinite suspension for a failed drug test was lifted by a federal judge on Wednesday, allowing him to race this weekend. His team was not at the track when the garage opened Thursday, which NASCAR initially said was the deadline for the #41 to enter the race. NASCAR now says Mayfield has until 3 p.m. to bring Mayfield Motorsports to the track.(Associated Press)(7-2-2009)
UPDATE: [Mayfield] can drive for someone else or bring his own #41 Toyota to the track, but the $5,005 late entry fee is daunting for the cash-strapped Mayfield. He said in an affidavit last week that he laid off 10 employees, borrowed money from family and had to sell personal assets to cover his living expenses. Phil Parsons said he'd keep Dave Blaney in his #66 car, and Joe Nemechek said he had no intention of giving up his seat in his #87. (Associated Press)(7-2-2009)
UPDATE 2: Jeremy Mayfield has missed the deadline to enter his car into Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway. He had an afternoon deadline Thursday to bring the #41 Toyota to the track, and it passed with no sign of Mayfield or his race team.(Associated Press)(7-2-2009)
- Ramsey Poston speaks about Mayfield ruling: Today on "The Morning Drive" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, hosts Mike Bagley and Nate Ryan spoke with NASCAR managing director of corporate communications Ramsey Poston about the temporary injunction issued yesterday by a judge that lifted driver Jeremy Mayfield's drug suspension.
Bagley: "What are the next steps for NASCAR?"
Poston: "We've got a couple of options to consider. At this point it is to, with regards to the lawsuit, is to begin to go into the discovery phase, begin to get testimony and affidavits and a witness list."
Bagley: "Does yesterday's temporary injunction affect the current policy or procedure in place or does it even raise a discussion that there perhaps at some point needs to be a change to the policy and the procedure?"
Poston: "In the short term we'll continue to implement our policy as is because, again, this was a temporary injunction to allow him back onto the track. It was not any sort of indictment in terms of the policy. But anytime you go through any sort of challenge on any policy, you tend to learn more about it and I suspect once we get past this process and the dust settles, we'll look back and say, 'OK, where can we strengthen the policy? What can we do?' I will say this: if this stands and if this is not reversed, this becomes a much larger question for all of sports and all of substance abuse testing. This now means that any athlete in any sport, regardless of what contracts they've signed, can now take that to court and be allowed back onto the playing surface."
Host, Nate Ryan: "Ramsey, are you guys going to appeal the decision?"
Poston: "That is one of the options that we're considering. We have not made a decision on that yet."
Ryan: "When do you have to make that decision by?"
Poston: "We have some time to make it, so there's no definitive deadline on when it has to be made."
(Sirius NASCAR Radio PR)(7-2-2009)
- Mayfield's attorney speaks: Wednesday on "Sirius Speedway" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, host Dave Moody spoke with Bill Diehl, the attorney for driver Jeremy Mayfield.
Host, Dave Moody: "In your view, what was the key to this decision going your way?"
Bill Diehl: "Probably NASCAR's over the top confidence about how right they were and how wrong Jeremy was. You know, they were wrong about it from the get-go and we stayed with our position throughout the argument and throughout the time that we've been suspended and we just carried the day as far as the judge is concerned that Jeremy had been treated wrong and to right the wrong meant giving him back his position in NASCAR and suspending the suspension."
Moody: "How soon will he be back? Will we see Mayfield Motorsports at Daytona trying to qualify this weekend and, if so, will Jeremy be the driver?"
Diehl: "I think that's probably problematic to be perfectly honest. I think it's real difficult for him to get ready starting tonight and then race Saturday. He normally would have three days with a Sunday race and instead he only has two with a Saturday night race and I think it will be quite difficult. He hasn't made up his mind as far as a final decision is concerned but I think it realistic to expect that he'd be returning next week rather than this week."
Moody: "There have been conflicting reports since the ruling was announced earlier this afternoon about whether or not NASCAR would appeal this decision. What's your expectation? Do you have any at this point?"
Diehl: "I really don't. You know, they would do well to put this behind them, put this whole issue behind them, and go forward. It's what I hope. But, again, they're proud people and they don't lose very often and they've lost something that they may decide to try to carry on the case even longer and fight harder and that might be their position. I can't tell you today, for certain, that there'll be any contact. The judge himself urged the parties to try to talk to each other. We're certainly willing. We've never been haughty about this. We've never been over the top and I don't think we've been pushy. We've said, 'We have rights. We think they ought to be vindicated. We think you ought to listen.' So far they've been real hard to deal with. Maybe their position will change. I can't predict that."
(Sirius NASCAR Radio PR)(7-2-2009)
- Mayfield wins injunction: UPDATE 2: Independence Day came a few days early for suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield, as a federal judge granted him a temporary injunction allowing him to race this weekend. The ruling, made Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte by senior Judge Graham Mullen, lifted his suspension for failing NASCAR's substance abuse policy and allows him to return as the driver/owner of his #41 team in time for Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway. Mullen said in granting the injunction that the irreparable harm appeared to be greater for Mayfield than NASCAR.(ESPN.com)(7-1-2009)
UPDATE: NASCAR chairman Brian France said the organization has no immediate plans to file an appeal, but he didn't rule it out. "We are disappointed, but we respect the judge's ruling," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said in a statement. "This is only a temporary injunction. The legal case continues beyond this point, and we will continue to make our case." (Associated Press)(7-1-2009)
UPDATE 2: ESPN's David Newton reported on Wednesday's NASCAR Now that Mayfield probably does not have time to get his #41 team down to Daytona for this week's race, but that he could be in the #64 for Larry Gunselman.(7-1-2009)
- NASCAR: Mayfield positive for meth: NASCAR has confirmed suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamines. The confirmation from NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston came Wednesday after Mayfield's attorney mentioned the illegal substance several times during a 45-minute argument against the suspension. Mayfield has denied using methamphetamines. He's in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., trying to have his suspension lifted in time to race this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Mayfield lawyer Bill Diehl argued that NASCAR's testing system is flawed because Mayfield was never given the opportunity to have his backup "B" sample tested by an independent laboratory. The court recessed after Diehl's argument and will reconvene at 2pm/et.(Associated Press/ESPN)(7-1-2009)
- Latest on Mayfield, 2nd test by independent lab: Testing performed by an independent laboratory supported the results that left Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield indefinitely suspended for failing NASCAR's substance abuse policy, court documents said. Results of the test and the name of the individual tested were blacked out, but a NASCAR spokesman confirmed they were identical. The documents, part of NASCAR's response to Mayfield's lawsuit to have his indefinite suspension lifted, show that Medtox Laboratories in Minnesota tested both his "A" and backup "B" samples last week and "confirmed the presence" of a substance that is blacked out in the filing. NASCAR claims Mayfield tested positive for a "dangerous, illegal, banned substance" and should not be allowed back on the track. It was revealed in open court two weeks ago that the drug was amphetamines. ESPN the Magazine's Ryan McGee, citing multiple sources, said it was methamphetamines. Mayfield's attorneys claim that NASCAR's drug testing program does not meet federal workplace guidelines. They argue that Mayfield did not give permission for the "B" sample to be tested after the "A" sample came back positive and that the "B" sample should have been tested at an independent laboratory. They said since proper procedure was not used and because the "B" sample was compromised when opened, thus not giving Mayfield the opportunity to send it to a second lab, that the entire test should be invalid. Both samples originally were tested by Aegis Laboratory, the Nashville Tenn.-based facility NASCAR employs to run its testing program. The most recent test was conducted at MedTox Laboratories in St. Paul, Minn. All the evidence will be dealt with at a Wednesday [July 1st] hearing in U.S. District Court, where Mayfield is seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow him back in the car, possibly as early as Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway.(see full story at ESPN.com)(6-30-2009)
- Mayfield denies taking drugs: Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield denies ever taking methamphetamines and says he doesn't know how he failed a random drug test. Mayfield's denial is found in an affidavit that is among several hundred pages of documents filed Thursday by his attorneys in U.S. District Court. The driver was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on May 9 for failing a random drug test conducted eight days earlier at Richmond International Raceway. He is suing NASCAR for immediate reinstatement, and his next court date is July 1. NASCAR is countersuing and alleges Mayfield breached his contract and defrauded NASCAR and its competitors of earnings.(Associated Press)(6-26-2009)
- NASCAR says Mayfield expert lied; court date set UPDATE 2: NASCAR has filed a motion in federal court that says an expert witness for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield lied about his credentials. The motion was filed Tuesday. It claims Dr. Harvey MacFenerstein falsely represented himself on six counts in a May 29 affidavit presented on behalf of Mayfield, who was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after failing a drug test. NASCAR says MacFenerstein does not have the medical degrees or certifications he listed in his qualifications. In his testimony about NASCAR's drug-testing policy, MacFenerstein said the policy is flawed and does not meet federal workplace guidelines. His findings were the basis of Mayfield's argument that he should be immediately reinstated.(Associated Press)(6-16-2009)
UPDATE: An expert witness for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield is defending his qualifications after NASCAR accused him of lying about his credentials. Dr. Harvey MacFenerstein says he noticed mistakes in the affidavit that was prepared on Mayfield's behalf. He says in a statement on Thursday that he corrected the mistakes in his educational background, but the revisions were not on the affidavit that was submitted May 29. MacFenerstein did not say who prepared the incorrect affidavit. NASCAR on Monday filed a motion to have MacFenerstein's testimony dismissed. Mayfield is challenging his indefinite drug suspension, prompted by a positive drug test.(Associated Press)(6-18-2009)
UPDATE 3: Suspended NASCAR driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield's next race won't be at least until the July 4 event at Daytona International Speedway as U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen has set a hearing for July 1 for Mayfield's preliminary injunction request to keep NASCAR from enforcing its indefinite suspension against him.(SceneDaily)(6-19-2009)
- Mayfield sued by parts supplier, chassis builder: Suspended owner/driver #41-Jeremy Mayfield's Mayfield Motorsports Inc. has been sued for $86,304.55 for parts, pieces and chassis work. Triad Racing Technologies and BDR Acquisition are suing Mayfield in North Carolina Superior Court in Charlotte. The suit was filed last Wednesday. Both companies share the same address, and their registered agent with the state of North Carolina is TRT co-owner Mike Held, who was one of the people who bought the assets of Bill Davis Racing and his chassis/engine shop Triad Racing Development. The suit claims that on Jan. 22, Mayfield requested parts from BDR Acquisition for his new Sprint Cup team but later requested to return the parts rather than pay for them and then returned only a portion of the parts. Mayfield also asked for some paint work to be done. He owes $79,763.95 for those services, according to the lawsuit. Triad Racing Technologies did chassis work for Mayfield, and TRT claims that Mayfield owes $6,540.60.(Scene Daily)(6-17-2009)
- Source: drug named that triggered positive test of Mayfield UPDATE: Jeremy Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamine during a random drug screening May 1 at Richmond International Raceway, ESPN The Magazine has learned from two independent sources. In court documents filed in the past two weeks (Mayfield sought a temporary restraining in order to return to the track; NASCAR countersued), it was revealed that Mayfield had admitted ingesting a double dosage of Claritin-D [note: which contains pseudoephedrine which is used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine], an allergy medication, and the prescription drug Adderall XR immediately prior to the Richmond drug test conducted for NASCAR.(full story at ESPN the Magazine)(6-9-2009)
UPDATE: Suspended for failing a drug test, driver Jeremy Mayfield said he "inhaled fumes from a fiery wreck in the Talledega race," according to more court papers filed in the battle between Mayfield and NASCAR. Mayfield was indefinitely suspended May 9 for failing a random drug test conducted May 1 at Richmond International Raceway. He filed suit to overturn his suspension on May 29. In legal papers obtained Monday, a response by NASCAR drug testing firm Aegis Labs said a doctor asked Mayfield if he had taken any diet medications or inhalers, specifically, Vick's Inhaler. Mayfield said he had not, the papers say. Doctors said in the documents that they agreed with Mayfield's account from an earlier suit that in a subsequent phone call Mayfield said "he was in a fiery wreck while competing in the Talledega race in late April .... and inhaled a large amount of fumes." The Talledega race was in late April, prior to Richmond.(Charlotte Observer)(6-10-2009)
- NASCAR countersues Mayfield: NASCAR filed a countersuit against Jeremy Mayfield on Friday, accusing the suspended Sprint Cup driver of willfully violating the substance abuse policy, breach of contract and defrauding competitors of earnings. The suit stated that Mayfield knowingly participated in sanctioned competition using a combination of drugs in violation of the substance abuse policy that he agreed to follow. "And in doing so violated his contract with NASCAR and the standards of care for other drivers," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said from Pocono Raceway. Mayfield was suspended on May 9 for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy after failing a random drug test taken a week earlier. He then hired Charlotte, N.C.-based attorney Bill Diehl and made charges against the governing body ranging from defamation of character to discrimination against someone with a disability (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Mayfield's attorneys argued in an open court hearing, in which they sought a temporary restraining order to get the driver back on the track, that Mayfield's positive test was the result of taking Adderall prescribed for ADHD and Claritin-D for allergies.
NASCAR revealed in court that Mayfield tested positive for three drugs, two of which were explained (Adderall and Claritin-D) and amphetamines. Attorney Paul Hendrick described the drug as a dangerous, illegal, banned substance. "You will see in [the lawsuit] he competed in a number of races that had we known he had been on a medication he was on and certainly known there were illegal substances involved we wouldn't have allowed him to compete," Poston said. According to Poston, drivers are required in their contract with NASCAR to notify Dr. David Black, who runs the drug testing program at AEGIS Lab in Tennessee, of any prescription drugs they are taking. The suit alleged that Mayfield did not notify anybody with NASCAR that he was on a prescription drug until the May 1 drug test, and that Mayfield already had participated in two races while on the drug. The suit said that Mayfield crashed in three of the five races in which he competed this season, including races in which he was under the influence of the drug he failed to report to NASCAR, a combination of drugs and the illegal drug that was blacked out in the suit. The suit also said Mayfield earned more than $150,000 in those races that would have gone to other competitors. Poston pointed to the loss of income by other competitors when asked if NASCAR sought financial damages in the suit. Poston would not comment about Adderall or amphetamines. North Carolina Superior Judge Forrest Bridges placed a gag order on both sides from discussing details of the substances last Friday. Poston also would not say whether Adderall is considered a banned substance on NASCAR's list. But in the countersuit there are two paragraphs, one referring to an illegal drug that is blacked out and another to a drug that also is on the banned list. "NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy prohibits excessive levels of [blacked out]," the suit said. "[Blacked out] use suppresses fatigue, increases alertness, enhances psychomotor performance, and produces euphoria. Mild [blacked out] produces insomnia, increased blood pressure and pulse rate, excitation, hyperactive reflexes, and palpitations. More serious side effects include paranoia, aggressive behavior and psychosis.'' The policy also states that "to the extent that the use of any substance, including properly prescribed prescription drugs and properly over-the-counter medicines, causes a competitor or official to have a competitive advantage or diminished or impaired ability to perform his or her duties on the day of an event, those substances shall be deemed to be prohibited substances for the purposes of this policy." The suit states that Mayfield signed an agreement to abide by the sanctioning body's policy on February 5. "Mayfield's willful misconduct at the track in which he competed while an illegal substance was still in his system is evidence he presented a danger to himself and others," Poston said.
John Buric, one of Mayfield's attorneys, was surprised by the countersuit. "The gloves are off and we're going to be in a fight,'' he said. Buric contended that Mayfield wasn't required to notify NASCAR he was on any drug because the policy does not identify what drugs are banned. "If they are trying to contend that Adderall is somehow an illegal drug that violates the policy, that is their argument,'' he said. "They seem to be arguing we did not report that to anybody, although we did.'' No date has been set on the next hearing. It will be at least two weeks after NASCAR had Wednesday's hearing moved from state to federal court because the federal judge is on vacation. Mayfield's attorneys had hoped to have a temporary restraining order granted on Wednesday that would lift the suspension and allow the driver to compete this weekend at Pocono. "It's sort of like when somebody files bankruptcy,'' Diehl said earlier in the week. "It doesn't matter if I am OK with it or not, they did it.'' Mayfield initially filed for the restraining order last Friday. But since it already was too late for him to compete at Dover, Judge Bridges scheduled another hearing for Wednesday to give NASCAR attorneys more time to prepare. Hendrick said his firm was not notified of the initial hearing until about 5 p.m. the day before.(ESPN.com)(6-5-2009)
- Mayfield Motorsports mulling sponsorship options: The #41 Mayfield Motorsports car did not pull out of Dover because of sponsorship issues, Mayfield Motorsports' team manager Bobby Wooten said. But it sounds like things are a bit in flux, as you'd expect.
Wooten said that they withdrew from the race to give themselves time to organize and catch their breaths a little bit. He said the team would like to get J.J. Yeley back in the car, but very vaguely said that's in the works. "Everything's on hold," Wooten said. Of course, Mayfield has filed suit against NASCAR to lift his suspension [see story below on the lawsuit] at least until the conclusion of a court case. If he succeeds, he can get back in the car. Asked about sponsorship, Wooten said the team is still trying to figure out options. He wouldn't give any names of companies the team is involved with and said previous sponsors "may or may not be" associated with the team in the future. This season Mayfield Motorsports has been sponsored by All Sport, Big Red Soda and Smallsponsor.com.(Orlando Sentinel). also hearing that the team has been looking for partners or to sell the team, one team being contacted was the #51 team of Dexter Bean.(6-3-2009)
- NASCAR moves Mayfield case to federal court: NASCAR on Tuesday moved Jeremy Mayfield's challenge of his indefinite suspension to federal court, a move that could keep the driver out of his car another week. The notification came a day before a North Carolina Superior Court was scheduled to hear arguments pertaining to Mayfield's suspension for failing a random drug test. NASCAR's action automatically stayed that proceeding. Mayfield had hoped a judge would reinstate him in time to compete this weekend at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. His attorneys will now have to either fight the suspension in federal court, or petition the case be moved back to the state level. "Administration of NASCAR's substance abuse policy extends to every state in which it races, which is why the logical forum is federal court," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. NASCAR has not revealed what substance Mayfield tested positive for, but his attorneys said in court he tested positive for amphetamines. Bridges warned both sides not to discuss Mayfield's test results.(Associated Press)(6-2-2009)
- Court to continue case next week: A judge on Friday denied Jeremy Mayfield's request for a temporary restraining order that would have lifted the NASCAR driver's suspension and enabled him to get back in his #41 Sprint Cup car. Judge Forrest Bridges scheduled a hearing in Mecklenburg County Court for Wednesday to determine whether Mayfield, who was suspended May 9 for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy, can compete at Pocono next weekend and until his case is settled. Bridges issued a gag order preventing attorneys for Mayfield and NASCAR from discussing what drug Mayfield tested positive for, which according to arguments by both sides in open court was amphetamines. "It's like the rain delay on Sunday in Charlotte [the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway], except this one goes to next week," said Bill Diehl, an attorney for Mayfield. Asked what was gained by Friday's hearing, Diehl said, "We know what their case is and they know what our case is about." Mayfield and Diehl filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging the driver's suspension for what NASCAR said was a failed random drug test.
In presenting Mayfield's side, John Buric, an attorney in Diehl's firm, said Mayfield had taken Claritin-D, an allergy drug, in addition to Adderall, a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit disorder. Buric said, according to NASCAR, Mayfield had tested positive for amphetamines; Adderall is a name-brand amphetamine. It was not immediately clear whether Adderall or its ingredients are on NASCAR's banned substance list. NASCAR has not identified what Mayfield tested positive for or made its list of banned substances public. Mayfield has contended from the beginning that he did nothing wrong and the positive test was the result of combining a prescription drug with Claritin-D. Dr. David Black, who runs NASCAR's testing program, has since ruled that out as a possibility.
Mayfield's request for an injunction listed seven charges, from breach of character to unjustly preventing Mayfield from participating in any NASCAR function and thus earn a living. Diehl also asked that NASCAR officials stop talking publicly about Mayfield's drug test, which Bridges granted.(ESPN)(5-29-2009)
- No Mayfield car at Dover? UPDATE in court Friday: The J.J. Yeley site has this posted: "Mayfield Motorsports will not be taking the #41 Toyota to the Dover 400 this weekend. No reason was given at this time.". Yeley drove the car in the Sprint Showdown and attemopted to make the Coca Cola 600 but didn't. Yeley replaced Jeremy Mayfield in the #41 after Darlington when Mayfield was suspended for violating NASCAR's sunstance abuse policy. The entry list still shows the #41 entered.
AND Racingforthewin.com - Reliable sources says Mayfield Motorsports reportedly sent all their employees home on Tuesday, and told employees they will not compete at the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.
AND 2: was told earlier in the week by the team that the #41 would be at Dover and future races.(5-28-2009)
UPDATE: Jeremy Mayfield sought a temporary restraining order on Friday in an attempt to lift his suspension and return to his #41 Sprint Cup Toyota until his case is settled. Mayfield and his attorney, Bill Diehl, filed the suit in Mecklenburg County Court on Friday afternoon. Mayfield's request for an injunction listed seven charges, from breach of character to unjustly preventing Mayfield from participating in any NASCAR function and thus earn a living. Diehl also asked that NASCAR officials stop talking publicly about Mayfield's drug test. NASCAR's attorneys, led by Paul Hendrick, sought more time to respond to the complaint, saying there was no way for Mayfield to race this weekend. Hendrick said Mayfield should not not allowed back on the track. "We cannot allow people to drive when we thin that he has issues of drug abuse or a positive test," he said. NASCAR president Mike Helton was in attendance with spokesman Kerry Tharp, as was Mayfield and his wife Shana, who is the owner of Mayfield's racing team while he is suspended. Mayfield was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR as a driver and owner on May 9 for violating the substance abuse policy. He has contended from the beginning that he did not do anything wrong, that the positive test was the result of combining a prescription drug with Claritin-D. Mayfield hired Diehl, one of North Carolina's most prominent attorneys, to challenge the findings. Diehl said it was "pretty compelling that we get" the restraining order. "If [the judge] signs it, it'll lift the suspension," he said. Meanwhile, in Dover, the Sprint Cup team owned by Shana Mayfield withdrew its entry for this weekend's race. Mayfield Motorsports did not bring the #41 to Dover International Speedway and attempt to qualify for Sunday's race.(ESPN)(5-29-2009)
- No lawsuit filed by Mayfield yet UPDATE: Attorney Bill Diehl says it will be next week before he and driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield reveal what action they might take against NASCAR over the sanctioning body's suspension of Mayfield following a positive drug test taken May 1. "You'll find out more what [we are] going to do next week - nothing is going to happen today," Diehl said late Friday afternoon. "Not that we haven't been working today. ... We are going through this methodically, and we're doing a lot of things, and nothing is going to happen today."(SceneDaily)(5-23-2009)
UPDATE: Chairman Brian France says NASCAR has no plans to settle the dispute with suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield out of court if a lawsuit is filed. "We'll defend the policy," France said before Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "We're very confident about the policy." Mayfield hired Charlotte-based attorney Bill Diehl to challenge his positive test that resulted in an indefinite suspension as a driver and owner for violating the substance abuse policy. Mayfield's denial has raised many questions among drivers about the policy. France said the mandatory meeting that NASCAR called for drivers and owners on Tuesday at the Research and Development Center in Concord was scheduled before the suspension. "It's not related to the drug issue or the substance abuse policy, although we'll take questions on that," he said.(ESPN)(5-24-2009)
- Mayfield meets with NASCAR; legal action possible: The attorney for Jeremy Mayfield hinted Thursday he'll take legal action to have Mayfield's NASCAR suspension lifted. Mayfield and attorney Bill Diehl met for more than an hour with NASCAR officials. Although Diehl said the meeting was cordial, it did not get them any closer to resolving the issue. Mayfield was suspended May 9 for failing a random drug test. "Jeremy doesn't believe that he's done anything that supports his suspension for the use of drugs," Diehl said. NASCAR has not revealed what banned substance Mayfield used, and Diehl also refused to identify the substance. Diehl did not say what his next move will be, but strongly hinted at taking legal action Friday that will challenge the suspension and the validity of the drug test. He said he received copies of two toxicology reports this week from NASCAR. "We're contesting everything that happened," Diehl said. "We hope that it's a mistake." Joining Mayfield and Diehl at the meeting were four other Diehl associates. Representing NASCAR was general counsel Gary Crotty, assistant general counsel Karen Leetzow, Dr. David Black, administrator of NASCAR's drug testing program, and Steve O'Donnell, vice president of racing operations. "I would agree it was cordial. We laid out the process," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "They want to get Jeremy back in the car, and there is a very well-defined program to do that. Jeremy needs to meet with Dr. Black and work that out, and if he is successful in that, he can get back in the car." Mayfield was dropped off and picked up by his wife in a white Cadillac Escalade. When she returned to get him, a cameraman emerged from the back seat to film the scene. Mayfield, wearing black slacks and a long sleeve dress shirt, smiled and exchanged pleasantries, but Diehl would not allow him to comment.(Associated Press)(5-21-2009)
- Mayfield's lawyer talks to Sirius Speedway: Wednesday on "Sirius Speedway" on Sirius NASCAR Radio, host Dave Moody spoke with Bill Diehl, the attorney for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield.
Host, Dave Moody: "Has there been at this point and will there be a lawsuit filed in this matter?"
Bill Diehl: "First question, no lawsuit has been filed. Will there be a lawsuit? That will depend on what happens between Jeremy and NASCAR which ought to be known in the next couple of days."
Moody: "What kind of conversations are being had between Jeremy and yourself and NASCAR and their representatives right now to try and settle this?"
Diehl: "The conversations I'm having with Jeremy I'm not going to tell you about. The conversations I'm having with the NASCAR lawyer with whom I've been dealing I'm not going to talk about. But they're obviously focused on whether or not Jeremy was suspended properly. Is what happened to him legitimate and should he stay suspended? Should he have to go through some type of rehabilitation, if you will, that they've asked for? So those issues are what we're talking about. Should that happen? Or, the alternative is, has he been mistreated and have they improperly deprived him of a way to make a living? There are some side issues. They've said a lot of unpleasant things about him that Jeremy doesn't believe are true. There's a separate remedy for that kind of behavior."
Moody: "Specifically what has been said about him?"
Diehl: "I haven't heard it directly so what I'm telling you is what's been published. I read a report where Mr. France gratuitously announced that the serious recreational drug use by Mr. Mayfield was very difficult, very bad and they weren't going to tolerate it. Accusing somebody that's driving a race car a couple hundred miles an hour of serious recreational drug use, that's probably not too good thing to say about him. Especially if it's not true."
Moody: "Can you tell us what specific substance has NASCAR accused Jeremy of having in his system?"
Diehl: "I could tell you. I'm not. But we do have two reports that they furnished me yesterday and then they just sent me one a couple hours ago that they hadn't furnished. So we've got two reports but I'm not going to talk about them yet. If we get in a situation where we've got to talk about them then we'll talk about them. But I'm not going to talk about them today."
Moody: "Do the two reports come to the same conclusion? Do they name the same chemical substance?"
Diehl: "I'm not going to talk about what the reports say except to tell you I have them. And then you've already been told or I've read lots of stuff that indicate what the NASCAR reps have said and what this guy, [drug test administrator Dr. David] Black, has said. The game about what is in the report is probably just that at this point. It's a game but I'm not going to participate in that game currently beyond saying that they finally furnished us two reports which they probably should have given to Mr. Mayfield long before this week."
Moody: "Jeremy has said from the start of this that this all boils down to a prescription medication that's been prescribed by a doctor for his allergies combined with a couple of Claritin D tablets that he took on the day in question in Richmond. Can you tell me what the prescription medicine that he is taking was?"
Diehl: "No, I won't reveal that yet but again that's something that he's told NASCAR. They know what it was and they've gotten the information from the doctor. They're dealing with everything Jeremy could have furnished them about anything that he'd taken, according to Jeremy. He did take a prescription drug and he does have a medical doctor who prescribed it and they have that data and they had the information about the Claritin D."
Moody: "What would it take at this point to avoid taking this to the court system? What would have to happen here in the next few days to avoid a lawsuit?"
Diehl: "Some type of acknowledgement that what happened was a mistake on the part of somebody in connection with what they did and how they did it. We're exploring that with them. We can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. They've said it. They've suspended him. We know there are a couple of reports because we now see them. Somebody is going to have to come forward and acknowledge that, well, we thought we did what we were supposed to do, maybe we made a mistake, let's try it again."
Moody: "What's Jeremy's frame of mind and attitude right now?"
Diehl: "I think he's very upset and he's insulted. He's had a 17 year career, had some successes. He's just getting started with his own team, and this sort of takes you out at the knees if you're suddenly accused of being a recreational drug user and you're suspended from doing what you get paid to do. So, he's upset. He's trying to keep a handle on it, I think. Hopefully he's listening to what I tell him to do. He wants everybody to know that he's not guilty of what he's accused of."
Show personality, Suzie Armstrong: "How soon did he contact you after he was notified by NASCAR about this?"
Diehl: "I don't remember the date. When I knew about it I think I was watching the race from Darlington on television and it came on that he'd been suspended. And that occurred, if my memory was right - I'm not looking at a calendar - May the 9th, a Saturday. And then he called me the next week when I got back in town."
Moody: "Is there any unofficial timeline at this point for you to decide whether or not this takes the next step into the legal system?"
Diehl: "Yes, there is but I'm not going to tell you what it is."
"Sirius Speedway" airs every weekday (3-7 pm ET) exclusively on Sirius NASCAR Radio.(Sirius XM Radio)(5-21-2009)
- Mayfield hires lawyer, has toxicology report: NASCAR driver/owner #41-Jeremy Mayfield, suspended indefinitely from the sport for violating its substance-abuse policy, has retained legal counsel in the effort to clear his name. Bill Diehl, the same attorney who represented Elliott Sadler last winter in a dispute with Richard Petty Motorsports, confirmed Wednesday he is working with Mayfield, but that no suit has yet been filed. "Yes, we're working hard for Jeremy," Diehl said. "Either we'll work it out or the court will. We have not filed yet, but we're working hard. That's all I can tell you." NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston confirmed that Diehl had been in contact with the organization. "I can confirm that Mr. Diehl has been in touch with NASCAR, and we've provided him with relevant information pertaining to Jeremy's suspension, including the toxicology report," Poston said. Mayfield was not immediately available for comment.(ESPN)(5-20-2009)
- Doctor: Substance revealed to Mayfield: The administrator of NASCAR's drug-testing program said Monday he personally told Jeremy Mayfield what banned substance was found in his positive test. Dr. David Black, CEO of Aegis Sciences Corp., which runs the testing program, said he specifically identified the drug in several conversations with the Sprint Cup driver over a three-day period after NASCAR suspended him. "I spoke with him about his positive test result on the day he was suspended, and I spoke to him directly about the test result," Black told The Associated Press. "Yes, by name of what he tested positive for." On Saturday, Mayfield said he was never told what drug caused the positive test and has yet to receive a copy of the results. Black said he was not sure if Mayfield has seen the test results because a copy would be issued by NASCAR, not Aegis. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said he was not aware of any request by Mayfield to obtain the results. "We'd be happy to provide one if he wants it," Poston said. "We've done this in the past upon request for those who tested positive." Mayfield maintains the use of a prescription drug with over-the-counter allergy medication Claritin-D led to his positive result. Black has repeatedly rejected that explanation.(Associated Press)(5-19-2009)
- Mayfield could pursue legal action:
#41-Jeremy Mayfield denied on Saturday that he took a substance that violated NASCAR's substance abuse policy and plans to do whatever he has to, even if that means legal action, to override his indefinite suspension. Mayfield, talking publicly for the first time since the governing body announced the suspension last Saturday at Darlington, denied he took an illegal drug and maintained that his positive test came from combining two over-the-counter Claritin D 24 hours with a prescription drug. "I'm going to move as quickly as I can," Mayfield said from the Lowe's Motor Speedway infield before Saturday night's All-Star race. "Yeah, I'm denying it. Illegal drugs? Yeah, definitely." The 39-year-old driver said he has no plans to go through the rehabilitation process that NASCAR says is necessary for reinstatement into the sport. "Why would I?" Mayfield said. Mayfield under the terms of the suspension was not allowed into the Cup garage. He attended the race as a spectator atop the National Guard hospitality hauler in the infield. "No suspended driver or crew member is permitted in any area of the track where NASCAR business or responsibilities are conducted," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "This includes, but is not limited to, the garage, spotters stand, pit road, driver/owner lot, and hospitality areas. There seems to have been a misunderstanding on Jeremy's part. NASCAR officials spoke with him and he understands the rules of suspension and agreed to comply."
Mayfield said Cup series director John Darby did not give him a reason for the suspension. He said Dr. Black told him the Claritin could have triggered the result. Black has vehemently denied that is a possibility. "Now it's not triggering it because I think they're a sponsor," Mayfield said of Claritin, one of the sponsors for Carl Edwards' #99 team. "I never got anything saying what it was, no result ever," Mayfield said. "I've not received any information. They told me I was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR. If I want to be reinstated see Dr. Black." Poston denied that.(ESPN)
"All NASCAR members who violate the policy, including Jeremy, are notified of the substance that caused the failure," league spokesman Ramsey Poston said [at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday night]. "Jeremy was verbally informed of the substance on three ocassions last week by NASCAR's medical review officer. NASCAR stands by the reputable physicians and the nationally reknown lab that handles our substance abuse program."(ESPN)(5-16-2009)
- Mayfield allowed to drive after positive result: A day after learning #41-Jeremy Mayfield failed a drug test for something other than a performance-enhancer, NASCAR allowed him to drive a race car at Darlington Raceway at speeds up to 173 mph. A person familiar with the test results told The Associated Press on Thursday that Mayfield's positive test was not for a performance-enhancing drug. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because NASCAR won't reveal what banned substance was found in the random test, which ultimately resulted in Mayfield's indefinite suspension. Because Mayfield challenged the initial positive finding, as allowed under NASCAR's drug policy, the series did not take disciplinary action until his backup "B" sample also tested positive. That's why Mayfield wasn't barred from participating in two practice sessions and a qualifying session May 8 at Darlington. See the full Associated Press article at ESPN.com.(5-14-2009)
- Yeley to sub for Mayfield, No? Yes? UPDATE 3: J.J. Yeley will drive the #41 Toyota for Mayfield Motorsports starting this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Yeley replaces Jeremy Mayfield, who was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR on Saturday after violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy [see story below]. "We believe in J.J.'s talent," said crew chief Tony Furr. "He's available for every race. So we won't be changing drivers. J.J. has something to prove just like we all do. We want someone that's hungry just like us. Everybody on this team has at one time or another worked for a larger organization. We're all racers who are all hungry, who all want to make the most of second chances and J.J. sort of fits that mold." The team is expected to name an owner of record shortly.(FoxSports - link gone)
UPDATE: Who will replace the suspended Jeremy Mayfield? That's the question on everybody's mind after Tony Furr, crew chief of the #41 Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports entry, rescinded earlier comments to FOXSports.com that J.J. Yeley was tabbed for the position.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Shana Mayfield said no decision has been made but Yeley is on the short list. Mayfield was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR on Saturday after violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. The team is expected to name an owner of record shortly, as Mayfield is not allowed to be owner of record during his suspension.(FoxSports)(5-11-2009)
UPDATE 2: also hearing that Todd Bodine and Mike Wallace are other candidates to drive the #41 Toyota.(5-11-2009)
UPDATE 3: Mayfield Motorsports will field a #41 Toyota for J.J. Yeley in this weekend's Sprint Showdown, the 40-lap qualifying race for the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, with Shana Mayfield the owner of record following last weekend's indefinite suspension of her husband, owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield, for a violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. The Mayfields plan to file her owner's paperwork with NASCAR Competition on Tuesday morning, followed by the driver change. Crew chief Tony Furr and team manager Bobby Wooten along with their crew members compiled a "short list" of candidates Monday morning and when the Mayfields arrived, they met with the team and then, Yeley, before making their final decision. The new owner said Yeley also would drive the car in the following weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's -- where Yeley finished a career-best second in 2007 -- and for what she and her husband hope will be a brief interlude as they resolve Jeremy Mayfield's positive drug test. "We didn't want to be switching drivers every week," Shana Mayfield said. "The thing about J.J. that we really liked is he lives close to the shop and he came over [Monday] while we were there. He told the guys it wasn't about money -- he just wanted to race, he wanted another chance like Jeremy did when he started the team." Shana Mayfield said her team is intact since Mayfield got the news of a positive result for "a drug of concern" in a random test given on Friday of the Richmond race weekend, followed by his "B sample," on Mayfield's request, also testing positive. Mayfield issued a statement this past Saturday at Darlington saying he believed the positive result came from a combination of a prescription drug and an over-the-counter allergy medication.(NASCAR.com)(5-12-2009)
- NASCAR disputes Mayfield's 'allergy' claim: #41-Jeremy Mayfield's assertion that use of two allergy medicines led him to run afoul of the series' drug policy is not plausible, the person charged with running the program told USA TODAY. "What we have is a clear violation of policy," said David Black, whose Tennessee-based Aegis Labs conducts NASCAR's random testing program. "In my many years of experience, I have never seen a violation like this due to the combination of over-the-counter or prescription products." Black, citing NASCAR policy, declined to specify what caused Mayfield to test positive, saying it was "a drug of concern." NASCAR announced before Saturday's race at Darlington Raceway that Mayfield [see story below] - the first driver tagged under the series' first-year mandatory testing program - had been suspended indefinitely. Mayfield couldn't be reached for comment Sunday. His agent, Bobby Wooten, said Mayfield was taking allergy medicine when the urine samples were collected at Richmond International Raceway a week ago. The series doesn't have a set list of banned substances, although drivers were warned before the start of the season that they would be screened for steroids, amphetamines and recreational drugs. Black said "there's no way a driver would be in violation" for using common cold and allergy medications as directed. "It's very unfortunate for the sport, for Jeremy, for everybody, because it definitely puts a black eye on (the sport)," four-time Cup champ Jeff Gordon said. Mayfield must complete a treatment program before he's allowed to return to racing. "If that program is successfully completed, then the competitor may attempt to seek reinstatement," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said in an e-mail. One of Mayfield's crewmembers, Paul Chodora, was the first violator of NASCAR's testing program in February. Mayfield said in a statement at the time that his team endorsed NASCAR's "policing efforts as it makes the sport stronger overall." Wooten said Chodora is no longer with the team.(USA Today)(5-11-2009)
- Mayfield, others suspended after violating substance abuse policy: Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #41 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Tony Martin, a licensed crew member with the #34 team in the Sprint Cup Series and Ben Williams, a licensed crew member with the #16 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, have been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. All three were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book.[was not alcohol due to SPEED](NASCAR PR)
AND NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has been suspended indefinitely after failing a random drug test. The result stems from a test last weekend at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter will not reveal what banned drug Mayfield used. Hunter said it was not an alcohol-related offense. Mayfield failed to qualify for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Darlington Speedway.
He is driving this season in a car he owns himself. Although he raced it into the season-opening Daytona 500, he has failed to qualify for six of the 11 other Sprint Cup events this season. Mayfield is the first driver suspended under NASCAR's improved substance abuse policy, which went into effect this season.(Associated Press)(5-9-2009)
Mayfield Statement: Statement from Jeremy Mayfield - Owner/Driver of the #41 Toyota Camry: "As both a team owner and a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, I have immense respect for the enforcement policies NASCAR has in place. In my case, I believe that the combination of a prescribed medicine and an over the counter medicine reacted together and resulted in a positive drug test. My Doctor and I are working with both Dr. Black and NASCAR to resolve this matter. Mayfield Motorsports remains committed to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the organization will announce an interim owner and a temporary replacement driver early next week. Those roles will commence immediately beginning with next week's Sprint Open and continuing through Charlotte and beyond."(Mayfield Motorsports)(5-9-2009)
- Mayfield featured in Music Video: NASCAR Media Group and Virgin Records rock quartet Saving Abel announced that the music video for the band's third single from their gold certified self-titled debut album debuted exclusively on Yahoo! on Thursday, April 30th. The NASCAR-themed video for "Drowning (Face Down)" stars Sprint Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield as an aspiring racer who makes great sacrifices for a chance to compete at the highest level. The driver has no sponsor and no endorsement deals, but pushes forward through all obstacles in pursuit of his racing dreams. "It was awesome and I can't wait until it comes out," said Jeremy Mayfield. "Just being a part of that was just cool for me. Those guys are great guys and I'm glad to see them coming up. I didn't really know them that well until we did the video and they have a lot of fun. It's funny how our story kind of fit their song and worked perfect for their video."
A five-time Sprint Cup race winner, Mayfield hasn't had a full-time ride in more than two years and decided to start his own team a month before the 2009 season began. Mirroring the music video's theme, Mayfield has started three races this year, including racing his way into the Daytona 500, and is trying to recapture some of his past successes. "We had a blast shooting the 'Drowning (Face Down)' video with Jeremy Mayfield and the other NASCAR drivers as we're all big NASCAR fans, said Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks. We especially love how Jeremy's real life story mirrors the character he plays in the video." Parts of the music video were shot at Bristol Motor Speedway, as well as Mayfield Motorsports in Harrisburg, N.C., and it features cameos by drivers Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer.(Mayfield Motorsports PR), see the video at new.music.yahoo.com.(5-5-2009)
- Smallsponsor.com joins up with Mayfield: Mayfield Motorsports is welcoming Small Sponsor.com to the #41 Toyota. Small Sponsor is providing businesses throughout the country with the opportunity to be part of the NASCAR sponsorship community. Small Sponsor.com has created a NASCAR Marketing phenomenon that provides small businesses with a way to benefit from 70 million people each week seeing the Small Sponsor logo which is an online portal linking directly to their businesses. "We are fortunate at Mayfield Motorsports to have Small Sponsor.com as a partner. We believe that this will give us the ability to step up our program and allow us to give Small Sponsor.com the marketing presence that they are looking for" says Jeremy Mayfield. Starting today [April 29th] and for the next 30 days, Small Sponsor will be recruiting thousands of people across the country to start a new and rewarding career in sports marketing advertising. Small Sponsor will be using its own unique business model to provide an opportunity for people to work in their local area and realistically earn $40,000 per year, while, at the same time, creating a whole new segment of official NASCAR sponsors. More info at SmallSponsor.com.(Mayfield Motorsports PR)(4-30-2009)
- Mayfield Featured in Music Video: Jeremy Mayfield depicts a small town racing hero in Saving Abel's music video for the single "Drowning Face Down". The video, shot today at Mayfield Motorsports in Harrisburg, N.C., was produced and directed by Camp Riley and Shaun Silva, respectively. The single was released last week, with the video debut scheduled for mid April. "It was really cool to be a part of this video," said Mayfield. "I've done this sort of thing in the past, but this one really hits home because it's a story that's a lot like my own." The video offers a portrayal of one man's quest for greatness in the world of NASCAR, prompting fan support for his underdog racing organization - a state of affairs Mayfield knows well. "Considering we just started this team 52 days ago, I think it's safe to say we know what it's like to be an underdog in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," added Mayfield. While the video primarily features Mayfield as the hard working driver, there are special cameos by fellow drivers Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers. Mayfield's race shop offered the perfect setting for the video's depiction of a small town garage in contrast to the typical big-team facilities. While Mayfield's efforts represent the heart of every small racer across the country, the hopeful hero depicted in "Drowning" will strike a chord with race fans and the general public alike.(Co-Pilott PR)(3-20-2009)
- Sponsor troubles for Mayfield? UPDATE denied by co-owner/sponsor: sources have told Frontstretch that thanks #41-Jeremy Mayfield to missing races at both Las Vegas and Atlanta, and being outside the top-35 in owners points, funding from All Sport and Big Red, Inc. could be in jeopardy as soon as following this weeks race at Bristol. Clearly, this weekend could be a make or break deal regarding their partnership for the 2009 campaign. Representatives of Mayfield Motorsports, when contacted, offered no comment on this report.(Frontstretch)
UPDATE:response from All Sports Gary Smith: "All Sport remains dedicated to Mayfield Motorsports and driver Jeremy Mayfield," said Gary Smith, Chairman and CEO of Big Red, Inc. and co-owner of Mayfield Motorsports. "As a company, All Sport made a long term partnership commitment and we are prepared to endure the highs and lows of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. In the event that another sponsor comes on board with Mayfield Motorsports, All Sport will remain involved as a partner."(All Sport PR)(3-18-2009)
- New look for Mayfield: #41-Jeremy Mayfield will sport a new paint scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500, brighter and more neon look. See the image of the scheme and Mayfield's hauler on the #41 Team Schemes page.(3-17-2009)
- Crew Member in Violation of NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy UPDATE: Paul Chodora, a licensed crew member in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. On Feb. 11, Chodora was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book.(NASCAR PR)(2-19-2009)
UPDATE: Chodora, who NASCAR confirmed was a member of Jeremy Mayfield's #41 Sprint Cup team Thursday, is the first person to be punished under the policy that was amended last season to mandatory preseason testing and random testing throughout the season. Kevin Harvick fired two members of his Truck Series team that failed drug tests given by his organization, not NASCAR, prior to the season. Mayfield's team was formed only a month ago and crew members were not all hired at the time of NASCAR's preseason testing in January. Chodora was given a license by the governing body to participate in Sunday's Daytona 500, then was tested and suspended after only a day and a half of work. Chodora has served previously as a front tire changer with Johnny Sauter's team.(ESPN)(2-19-2009)
STATEMENT: The following is a statement from driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield of Mayfield Motorsports regarding Paul Chodora, who was found to be in violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy: "Mayfield Motorsports respects the decision by NASCAR to indefinitely suspend Paul Chodora. We as an organization appreciate NASCAR's drug testing policies and policing efforts as it makes the sport stronger overall. If Paul doesn't comply with NASCAR's reinstatement process, then he will no longer be an employee of Mayfield Motorsports."(Mayfield Motorsports/Co-Pilott PR)(2-19-2009)
- Mayfield's jackman injured UPDATE: The jack man for #41-Jeremy Mayfield's team was sent to a local hospital after being injured while working in the pits for another car during Thursday's first 150-mile qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Roland was taken to nearby Halifax Medical Center after suffering a reported shoulder injury while servicing the car of #27-Kirk Shelmerdine. He was awake and alert. "Our thoughts and prayers go out with him," said Mayfield, who formed his team less than a month ago, and raced his way into Sunday's Daytona 500. "Hopefully, he's OK. We'll be checking on him shortly. There again, I really don't know half the guys on our pit crew [Thursday], to be honest with you. I will get to know them because they did a great job and they're going to be with us quite a while." Roland's injury forced Mayfield's team to use their own substitute jack man for the second of the two events. They borrowed Steve King, a member of Michael Waltrip's #55 team. Mayfield finished ninth in the race [and qualified for the 500].(NASCAR.com)(2-13-2009)
UPDATE: Kyle Roland, the jackman for Mayfield Motorsports, was treated and released today from Halifax Medical Center. Roland was hospitalized for injuries sustained while pitting the car of Kirk Shelmerdine during Thursday's first Duel race. An announcement regarding a temporary substitute for Roland during Sunday's Daytona 500 will be made tomorrow.(Co-Pilott PR)(2-13-2009)
- Mayfield returns to full Cup ride, with sponsor: Jeremy Mayfield returns to NASCAR Sprint Cup competition in 2009 as both team owner and driver. Thanks in part to NASCAR and sponsor All Sport, Mayfield plans to field a full time entry in the series. He will assume driving duties of the team's #41 entry beginning with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. "Team ownership is something I've always wanted to pursue," said Mayfield. "Things have really fallen into place this year with the NASCAR rule changes and with All Sport coming on board as a partner." Mayfield's ownership aspirations were given new life when NASCAR announced one key rule change for the 2009 season - a ban on testing at NASCAR sanctioned tracks. "I have to give NASCAR a lot of credit for the things they've done in the sport over the last two years to make it possible for people like me to get involved as a team owner," continued Mayfield. "The new COT car and even more importantly the testing ban have made it a reality for me to come in and compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series." Mayfield will be joined in ownership by Gary Smith, Chairman and CEO of Big Red, Inc. and co-owner of Mayfield Motorsports. Smith's All Sport brand will sponsor the team during the 2009 Sprint Cup season. "We are excited to continue our involvement in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series by teaming up with Mayfield Motorsports to sponsor the #41 All Sport Toyota," said Smith. "All Sport has been a key partner in many auto racing sponsorships in the past and as a result, our plan is to capture the thrill of racing through in-store programs designed to get consumers excited about our connection to motorsports." Mayfield's level of commitment is bolstered by his dual role in the organization and supplemented by the support of a strong team with leadership provided by veteran crew chief Tony Furr. In addition, Mayfield will be utilizing Triad Racing Technologies engines and chassis to support his racing efforts. "Mayfield Motorsports is a collaboration of a lot of good people and friends of mine," explained Mayfield. "With this opportunity, we we're able to put a lot of people who were out of work back into a job, which has given everyone working here a real connection to the team. I grew up drinking All Sport, so to enter into a partnership with Gary Smith and to represent the brand is a fantastic opportunity for me. Auto racing is a very physically demanding sport and as a driver it is important for me to stay hydrated. All Sport gives me the hydration I need for a grueling race." Mayfield's plans may begin with the Daytona 500, but they have an undertone of endurance similar to what the driver has shown in his 20-year racing career. "We're here for the long haul," said Mayfield. "This isn't something I'm going into with short term aspirations. Together with All Sport, we're going to compete this year with the goal to build a solid team for many years to come." For more info about All Sport see www.drinkallsport.com.(Co-Pillot PR)(2-3-2009)
- EGR close to naming driver for 4th car UPDATE 3 using #34?: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will field a fourth entry -- the #41 Chevy -- in the Daytona 500 and expects to decide on a driver Monday, team president Steve Lauletta said Saturday before the start of the Rolex 24 Grand-Am race at Daytona. Lauletta said the choice had been narrowed to two drivers but declined to name them, though he did indicate that veteran Sterling Marlin was not among the finalists. "We're hoping by Monday," Lauletta said of the decision process. "We came close to making a final decision [Friday]. We need to work over the weekend and Monday, but it'll be pretty quick. Same thing with one of the sponsor deals we have done for Aric -- next week."(NASCAR.com / Sporting News)(1-25-2008)
UPDATE: John Andretti is expected to drive the fourth Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy at Daytona. A technical alliance is in the works that would partner Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins and Andretti with EGR for Daytona and beyond, The car's number and sponsor should be announced later this week. Andretti, 45, who won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in 1997 driving for Cale Yarborough, has raced for Jenkins the last two seasons but would not comment on the current negotiations. Andretti admitted that after four seasons, Jenkins has wanted to expand his involvement in racing but wasn't entirely sure to what extent. "We're good friends and we work together on a lot of things," Andretti said of Jenkins. "(The future of the team) all depends on what Bob can do because sponsorship right now is limited." In 2009, Andrett's plans will not be limited to NASCAR. "The Indy 500 is not going to go off my radar screen," Andretti said. "I can't imagine not doing the Indy 500. I've had so much fun at Indy the last two years."(FOXSports)(1-27-2009)
UPDATE 2: hearing that the 4th team will use the #15 and the owners points from the #15 DEI team and be affiliated with Front Row Motorsports and supposedly the #34 Front Row Motorsports team will run with Tony Raines driving.(1-28-2009)
UPDATE 3: John Andretti will drive the #34 Window World Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy in the Daytona 500 on February 15th.
Andretti will have a technical alliance that partners Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins and Andretti with EGR for Daytona and beyond, Ganassi sources confirmed on Friday. Window World [which was also announced as Terry Labonte's sponsor on the #66 Toyota], based in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is a residential replacement window company with more than 200 distributors nationwide. "The Daytona 500 is always exciting but to go down there with the bullet I have to drive and be surrounded by so many friends, that's really exciting," Andretti said. "I know what to expect from the engines having worked with Richie Gilmore (COO of Earnhardt Childress Racing Technology) at DEI and (engine builder) Rick Mann at Petty Enterprises. I know it's last minute, but it's not so bad. They've been preparing for this for a long time."(FoxSports), no word which of EGR's owners points will used for the #34 team, #15 or #41. No word if Front Row Motorsports will run a 2nd car for Raines as rumored or not.(1-30-2009)
- Mayfield to use #41: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's fourth car in the Daytona 500, the #34 Chevy, will actually involve a partnership with owner Bob Jenkins' Front Row Motorsports and one of its drivers, John Andretti. An EGR spokesman said the collaborative effort would be only for the Daytona 500, and that the car would be a guaranteed starter via points accrued in 2008 by one of EGR's cars that won't compete this season. Those include the #01 and #15 that were fielded last season by Dale Earnhardt Inc. and the #41 fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing. The #41 has been registered to Jeremy Mayfield in 2009 for his Mayfield Racing Enterprises, but the points didn't go with the number, according to a Mayfield spokesperson. EGR this season will field full-season efforts for the #1, #8 and #42 Chevrolets.(NASCAR.com)(1-30-2009)
- Many New Teams for 2009 UPDATE: NASCAR says that 15 new teams have submitted Sprint Cup cars to be certified this year. According to Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby and other recent announcements, those teams would include Tommy Baldwin Racing [#36 Toyota], TRG Motorsports [#71 Chevy], Nemco Motorsports [#87 Chevy], Mayfield Motorsports [?-Toyota], R3 Motorsports [#23-Chevy], Germain Racing [#13-Toyota]], Phoenix Racing [#09-Chevy] and others.(SceneDaily)(1-22-2009)
UPDATE: Jeremy Mayfield is among 15 people who have applied for ownership in the Sprint Cup series this season, NASCAR officials said on Thursday. Among the others are Tommy Baldwin, Joe Nemechek, Kevin Butler, Buddy Cisco and Larry Gunselman. A full list was not available. NASCAR officials have no idea how many races the teams will run or under what manufacturer they will run. Only Tommy Baldwin, a former crew chief, has said he plans to run a full season with Toyota support. "It could be a one-shot Hail Mary for the Daytona 500," Cup series director John Darby said of the others.
Mayfield, who made the Chase in 2004 and 2005 at Evernham Motorsports, is optimistic he'll be at next month's opener in Daytona Beach and many more races. "We've applied and we're 99.9% sure it's going to be a really, really good deal and work out for us," he said. "I always said I didn't want to own my own team. But everything that has come together, I feel like it's an opportunity I cannot do."
- Mayfield to buy into Truck Team? Jeremy Mayfield told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway Monday that he is negotiating to purchase half of the Billy Ballew Motorsports Craftsman Truck Series team. "Billy and I have been talking for a while now," said Mayfield. "He's a great guy, and he has a great team. I'm not sure what's going to happen on the Cup side yet, but (NASCAR has) the Truck Series sponsor worked out now, and I know it's going to be around a while." Mayfield said the plan is for him to purchase the #15 team, with the truck still being fielded out of the Ballew shops. "I would run the #15 truck as a teammate to Billy's #51. Nothing's done yet, there are no details done. But it would be fun to go Truck racing. I've always wanted to own my own team, and if something comes up on the Cup side of things, maybe I'll do the deal anyway and put someone else in the Truck."(Sirius Speedway)(10-27-2008)
- Mayfield anxious to drive again: Jeremy Mayfield would gladly race Chip Ganassi Racing's #41 Sprint Cup car if asked, but whether that request will come is still to be determined. "Obviously I'd love to get in the car and drive next year for sure," Mayfield said Tuesday night. "It's a great race team with a great sponsor. ... We'll see. I'm not going to let the pressure [mount]." Chip Ganassi Racing President Steve Lauletta said he expects Sorenson to finish out the season in the #41 car. "We put Jeremy in the test for today and tomorrow just to kind of get a baseline of a different feel of where we are, knowing that we need to get [our cars] running better," Lauletta said. "That's the only decision that's been made. We'll see how we do the next couple of days and Chip will revisit it and we'll go from there. But right now, Reed is running Kansas and there are no changes other than Jeremy doing this test for us." Mayfield said among his options for next year is possibly starting a truck team or going drag racing. "I feel like I've got something to prove yet," the 39-year-old Mayfield said. "I feel like I've got several years left to race."(SceneDaily.com)(9-24-2008)
- Mayfield hoping for another chance: Give him good equipment and Jeremy Mayfield believes he can return to the form that got him into the Championship Chase in 2004 and 2005 at Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Unfortunately for Mayfield, his phone is silent. His name is not on the short list of drivers to fill slots at Stewart-Haas Racing, Penske Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing. It's not there even though his credentials -- five wins, 96 top-10s and two trips to the Chase -- are better than at least half the drivers in the current 43-car field. "I'm the first one to admit I've made mistakes," he said. "Whether it's the Ray's deal and I talked too much or what happened at Penske. ... It was little stuff. Nothing big, but it all adds up and that's why I'm sitting here today." Mayfield doesn't know how he's going to recover from the two worst years of his career, made worse by his father's death in 2007. He hopes when everything shakes out there'll be an owner with decent equipment willing to give him a chance. If not, he might start a Craftsman Truck Series team. "I've got to make a decision somewhere down the line to do that," he said. "But once you make that move you know you probably won't be back in Cup." And Mayfield wants to be back in Cup so badly that he's willing to work without a contract and for a percentage of his winnings without a guaranteed salary. He'd love for that to be at Penske. He said leaving that organization was the worst mistake he's made, slightly ahead of losing his friendship with Evernham.(ESPN.com)(7-20-2008)
- Mayfield goes on 12-day tour of Iraq; ride at Dover?: Jeremy Mayfield left May 6 for 12 days where even if he got offered another NASCAR ride, he wouldn't be able to accept it until he returned. Mayfield took a 12-day tour of Iraq where he, along with a few drag racers, visited three to seven bases a day to talk to troops stationed over there. Mayfield said he was impressed with what the soldiers are currently doing in Iraq in trying to rebuild the country. "I thought it would be a depressing deal, but it really wasn't," Mayfield said in a phone interview Tuesday. "All the soldiers, everybody from the guy on the front line through the commanding general, was just really upbeat, in a great mood. Everything was positive. ... What got me was how many people re-enlisted to come back over." A two-time Chase participant, Mayfield drove for Haas CNC Racing for the first seven events this year before parting ways with the team. He has had a few talks with other teams, but when the idea was presented to him, he opted to go on the goodwill trip to Iraq. "It's something I am proud to say I did," Mayfield said. "It's probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. I met a lot of great people there. As far as my career, I'll go from here and see what happens. The timing was perfect on it. I was sitting here not having a ride, and I went and did it. I think I made a difference. I think it was more important than waiting around hoping somebody calls me. It's hard for me to sit here and tell you what it means to the guys over there." Many of the soldiers wanted to talk about racing with him, but Mayfield couldn't stay awake to watch the races with the troops, which were televised in the early morning at bases that had television capability. I couldn't believe there were that many Mayfield fans over there to start with, and on top that there were so many huge NASCAR fans," Mayfield said. "It definitely was a humbling experience." The driver admitted he was a little nervous about making the trip. He would see troops going to and from combat. The group of racers would take Blackhawk helicopters to each base, going from Baghdad to remote outposts in northern Iraq. "There were things that go on like we all expect," Mayfield said. "Every day, there's some kind of maneuvers with some of the insurgents where they will cover up a bomb here or there, and once in a while one of those would go off. About every night or so, outside in the desert, three or four guys would launch a rocket over into a base, and 99.9 percent of those either don't make it or get blown away. ... Overall I felt secure, but you still wonder because it's busy there 24 hours a day nonstop, so you never know when you lay down to go to sleep at night. I got pretty used to it." Now back home, Mayfield seems willing to wait for the right opportunity to get back in a race car. A 15-year veteran of the sport with five wins, Mayfield feels as if he has something to offer to a team. "I was part of the reason why I don't have one - I'd rather not have one than run like I was running every week," he said. "I've come to realize that. I don't want any pity. When you go to Iraq, you really understand the true meaning of feeling sorry for something when you go into one of the hospitals. There's a lot of people have got it worse off than we do. Going over there was very humbling. It makes you look at life a little bit different."(SceneDaily), supposedly Mayfield will run the #40 Dodge at Dover on June 1st.(5-21-2008)
- Mayfield wants to be in ride that can win, in any series: Jeremy Mayfield's not sure what's next, though as a racer he wants to race. But his choice, whether it's in Sprint Cup, Nationwide or the Craftsman Truck Series, is going to be something that can win. He's been there and knows he can get it done again. Right now, he's not sure how much time he'll be spending at racetracks in the short term. The conversations on future possibilities have been flowing in both directions, he said. But he won't be sitting still, either. When the Sprint Cup Series is at Richmond and Darlington, Mayfield will be part of an entourage touring United States military installations in Iraq and supporting the troops.(NASCAR.com)(4-17-2008)
- Mayfield out of the #70 ride UPDATE 2: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway is reporting that Jeremy Mayfield is out as driver of the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet, and will be replaced by former Haas CNC driver Johnny Sauter, effective immediately.(4-7-2008)
UPDATE: Haas CNC Racing announced today that the team and Jeremy Mayfield have mutually agreed to part ways. The team is exploring several scenarios regarding a replacement driver. "Jeremy's proven resume behind the wheel of a Cup car was a real benefit to our team," team general manager Joe Custer said. "He stepped into the seat and did everything we asked him to and more. Ultimately, we were unable to provide him with the right balance, handling and speed he needed to be successful," he added. "We wish Jeremy nothing but the best for his future."(Haas CNC Racing)(4-8-2008)
UPDATE 2: Johnny Sauter told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway Tuesday that he is signed to drive the #70 only this weekend in Phoenix, but hopes to land the ride full-time. "We've got a week off after Phoenix," said Sauter, "so they've got a little time to look around and figure out what they want to do down the road."(4-9-2008)