NASCAR Counter-Sues Jeremy Mayfield

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IJune 5, 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)

NASCAR has just announced that they are counter-suing Jeremy Mayfield.  In their suit, they allege that Mayfield knowingly participated in the sport, using a combination of drugs, which violates the sport's drug policy.

NASCAR advised that Mayfield violated the standards of care owed to the drivers and was a danger to himself and others.

In addition to the drugs that Mayfield himself has admitted to, NASCAR alleges in their suit that he used another medication that exceeded safe levels.

The spokesperson from NASCAR refrained from discussing the type of substance Mayfield used, citing the current gag order in place.

NASCAR also defended the lab utilized in the drug testing, saying that it had "impeccable credentials."  NASCAR advised that it stands by the lab, the methods, and the results of the tests.

Officials reiterated that the sport has one of the toughest substance abuse policies in all of sports, especially given the nature of stock car racing.

NASCAR stressed that they are counter-suing in order to "protect competitors, spectators, and others in the sport."