Denial can be described as a defense mechanism in which confrontation with reality is avoided by denying its existence.
Jeremy Mayfield has honed this ability to an art since his suspension from NASCAR.
Mayfield, 43, wants to rekindle his affair with NASCAR despite the fact he has taken legal action against NASCAR for negligence with the drug test he failed in 2009, which resulted in his suspension.
He tested positive for methamphetamines, but he claimed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder caused a false positive.
Since that time, Mayfield has been fighting charges of methamphetamine possession and some 18 other felonies that include possession of stolen goods, much of which was on the 400-acre property he called home.
The home was sold at auction due to foreclosure this past summer for 1.7 million after Mayfield took out 3.1 million in loans on the property and then filed bankruptcy.
Mayfield's adventures don't stop there. There seems to be some family dysfunction between him and his stepmother Lisa Mayfield, who claimed she saw Mayfield use methamphetamines. The former racer then claimed she had killed his father, according to this story.
Mayfield had some respectable rides in NASCAR with Roger Penske and Ray Evernham being perhaps the best. He managed to win five Cup races from his debut in the series in 1993 until his suspension in 2009.
The driver, whose NASCAR ship seems to have sailed, is hoping for a plea deal for his felony charges. The trial has been moved to March of this year. His plea deal could carry decades of jail time, though he says he won't accept that, according to USA Today.
NASCAR drivers are considered role models for many young people hoping to make their way to the top series of the sport.
Mayfield is perhaps the most disappointing example of a driver ruining his career with poor choices.
Now, he claims he will do anything to return to the sport of NASCAR, including what he should have done in 2009, which is going through NASCAR's Road to Recovery program and then applying for reinstatement.
Mayfield may have had some talent as a driver at one time, but he is now at the age where most drivers have hit their stride and begin to consider stepping away from the cockpit of a race car.
No respectable team would have him as a driver with his lack of credibility. He is a poor example of how to lead your life, despite his many denials that he ever did anything wrong.
It is time for this driver to forget about a future in NASCAR or even ARCA. He needs to find a job that will allow him to get on with his life, but he hungers for the money he thinks he can make if someone gives him a chance in NASCAR.
He seems to be a creative chap given the alleged predicaments he has been involved in. If he puts that energy to positive use, perhaps he can make something of his life.
Mayfield may well go through NASCAR's Road to Recovery now and perhaps get reinstated, but please spare us that saga because he can't seriously think he can make it in NASCAR.
Opinions expressed are strictly those of the writer.
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