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Jeremy Mayfield Still Claiming Innocence

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08: Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #41 SmallSponsor.com 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)
Jim CrooksCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

It's not a new story by any means, but one has to wonder why Jeremy Mayfield is fighting against his indefinite suspension by NASCAR.  I suspect the truth is very simple.

Mayfield believes he's innocent.  It's that simple.

Supposedly, Mayfield has been told exactly what drug or drugs he tested positive for by a representative from NASCAR. 

Mayfield denies that he took anything illegal, and the fact that he seems to be the whipping boy for NASCAR has made some other drivers worried about just what NASCAR supposedly found and if they need to stop taking what have been considered "legal" medications.

Mayfield taking on NASCAR is somewhat like David taking on Goliath, but remember who won that battle in the end.

I will admit that I'm not the biggest Mayfield fan in the world, but I welcome a guy going out on the limb and risking his entire career and also a lot of his own finances to once again race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. 

It's possible that Mayfield feels that he has absolutely nothing to lose, and that he's actually been shooting up heroin or smoking crack and thought nobody would find out.

Personally, I doubt that.

NASCAR made a big deal about stepping up their drug testing before the season began, and I personally doubt that Mayfield would embark on a new venture such as starting his own team, knowing that if he got asked to take a drug test, he would fail.  It just doesn't make sense to do something like that if you know you can't pass a drug screen.

Personally, I've probably taken at least half a dozen drug tests for jobs for which I was applying for.  I've never failed one, but can understand the anguish that one would feel had they wrongly been tested positive for some substance they never knowingly ingested.

I've heard the stories about people eating poppy seeds on a roll and testing positive for narcotics.  I don't know for sure whether that's true or not, but it does lead one to believe that some drug tests might not always show accurate results.

For several reasons, one of which I've always been a fan of the underdog, I'm hoping that Mayfield somehow proves to be the David who somehow gets the upper hand on Goliath in this case.  I find it hard to believe that Mayfield is a drug user, and feel that the road he must now drive down is going to be fraught with pot holes. 

Making NASCAR admit they made a mistake is going to be an almost impossible task.

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