Jeremy Mayfield Failed the Test—Who Cares?

Rebecca SpenceCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08: Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #41 Toyota, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500 on May 8, 2009 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

How many of us have had to take a drug test? I know I have. In the years since I entered the work force, I have been tested before getting a job, and randomly tested while on a job.

The truth of the matter is 90 percent of all drug testing facilities have the same process. Fill out a form, wait in line, pee in a cup, and have some blood drawn.

The most common question posed to anyone taking is, "Are you currently on any medications—prescription or otherwise?"

My point is that, even before the test was administered, Mayfield would have (or, at least, should have) disclosed any medications that could have been in his system.

Should any of those legal medications held an ingredient, or the mixture of those meds posed a chemical reaction concern; NASCAR and it's testing facility would have been aware that a false positive may arise.

Did he dope up? I can only sit back while the rest of the media and bloggers speculate. NASCAR has made it all too clear that it does not intend on releasing the actual drug that was involved.

It comes down to the fact that rules are rules!

If you fail a drug test mandated by NASCAR, then you are out—no exceptions!

Do you want your ride back, Jeremy? Then take the needed actions to acquire it back.

If NASCAR says to go through a rehabilitation class, then do it! Stop sitting around while your team and car are up in the air. Whimpering and complaining won't get Mayfield or any of the other offenders back, but action will!

The bottom line to drivers, crews, or any employee of a company that does drug testing is that, If you know the possibility is there, then do not tempt fate!

Any physician or pharmacist can advise you on what medications are narcotics, which meds counteract or don't mesh well, and what to do if you are prescribed a medication that may hinder a drug test result.

For goodness sake, people, have some common sense! And if you are an illegal substance user, then wise up!

I'm not going to lecture anyone on their choices, but I am going to tell you this: "When it cost you your job, your livelihood, your loved ones, or your future, it's your own fault!"