Jeremy Mayfield: Jan. 31, 2009 To Present

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Jeremy Mayfield: Jan. 31, 2009 To Present
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So starting with Jan. 31, 2009.

This day would mark the beginning of Mayfield Motorsports. 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 No. 41 entry beginning with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

“Team ownership is something I’ve always wanted to pursue,” said Mayfield. “Things havereally fallen into place this year with the NASCARrule 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,” (he did like NASCAR before) 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 NASCARSprint Cup series by teaming up with Mayfield Motorsportsto 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. “Withthis 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 Smithand 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 withshort term aspirations. Together withAll Sport, we’re going to compete this year with the goal to build a solid team for many years to come.”

Feb. 12, 2009.

Gatorade Duel 2 this would mark the day that Jeremy Mayfield and Scott Riggs would become the 'over night sensation'. More like over 12 days sensation. But that's saying alot. Especially, finishing ninth out of 28 and he was in the top ten the whole day.

Feb. 19, 2009

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. Chodora, who NASCAR confirmed was a member of Jeremy Mayfield's No. 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. Chodorahas served previously as a front tire changer with Johnny Sauter's team.

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." (okay so yes after a crew member gets suspended i bet Mayfield would start drugs especially after releasing the statement.....right (;... thats a smiley face)

Things slow down for Mayfield after qualifying for California. he wouldn't make another race until Martinsville.

March 2009.

As stated in Mayfield's lawsuit 'A licensed medical doctor diagnosed Mayfield with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. (ADHD). Although ADHD is a disabling condition, Mayfieldis nevertheless able to satisfactorily perform his job duties with reasonable accommodations and still be held to the same standards of performance that apply to others similarly employed. Mayfield's condition does not create a risk to the safety of health of himself, other employees or the public.'

March 30, 2009.

As stated in Mayfield's lawsuit 'To treat his condition, Mayfield physician prescribed the amphetamine Adderall-XR. Mayfield began taking Adderall-XR once per day, as prescribed by his physician. NASCAR never informed Mayfield that he was prohibited from taking Adderall-XR or that Adderall-XR was a controlled substance. Adderall-XR does not adversely affect the safety, performance and/or well being of anyone.

Apr. 26, 2009.

Mayfield raced at Talledega where he was involved in a fiery wreck and inhaled fumes.

Apr. 30, 2009.

Mayfield travelled to Richmond, Virginia. Suffering from severe allergies Mayfield took 1 pill of Claritin D at the beginning of he 6 hour trip to Richmond.
Upon his arrival to Richmond he took another Claritin D. NASCAR never informed Mayfield that he was prohibited from taking Claritin D.

May 1, 2009.

Mayfieldsuccessfully drove practice laps at Richmond. At the conclusion of the practice session NASCAR officials instructed Mayfield to report to a trailer for Random drug testing. Following found in Mayfield's lawsuit. Mayfield was told to select a urine sample cup from a cluttered, non-sterilized table. Mayfield informed the collector that he took two Claritin D tablets. the collector said he would need to inform Dr. black about that. The collector then instructed Mayfield to step into a nearby restroom and urinate in his sample cup. The area was neither secure not sterilized.

May 3, 2009.

Stated in lawsuit. After numerous calls to Dr. Black, he finally returned Mayifled's call May 3, 2009. During the conversation Mayfield informed Black Adderall-XR. Black expressed doubt that someone of Mayfield's age and experience legitimately need to take Adderall. Mayfield also informed Black that he took two Clartin D tablets. Black said that such a medication could show up on his drug test as an unauthorized stimulate. (Adderall and Claritin are both stimulants which may be why NASCAR is saying that Mayfield over took the subscribed amount. Which of course NASCAR wouldn't know from a urine test. Only from a blood test)

May 7, 2009.

Stated in lawsuit. Douglas Auckerman called Mayfield and informed him that his urine sample tested positive for amphetamines. Aukerman requested copies of medical records related to Mayfield's ADHD diagnoses. Mayfield immediately requested that his physician send the requested records. This occured in the hour. Mayfield travelled to Darlington that day.

May 8, 2009

Stated in lawsuit. Auckerman Called Mayfield with various questions about his Adderall use. Aukerman also asked if Mayfield had recently taken any inhalants. Mayfield denied. In a later conversation, Mayfield explained, Although he had not take any inhalants, he was involved in a fiery wreck while competing in Talledega in late April where he inhaled a large amount of fumes. Aukerman dismissed Mayfield's comments regarding the April wreck.

Auckerman told Mayfieldthat sample A had be tested by Aegis and the results were positive for prohibited drugs and that sample B was frozen, and it could be tested to see if it was also positive for prohibited substances. Mayfield had no knowledge of a sample B and informed Auckerman of the same. Mayfield also question how a drug test from the same sample would yield a different result. (BAM!) Mayfield volunteered to submit one or more additional urine test. Aukerman refused Mayfield offer. Instead, Auckerman stated that Aegis could have made a mistake in testing the initial specimen, and that therefore Mayfield would want to have them to test his B specimen.

This was intentional misrepresentation of the proper testing procedure (come on now even I know that)

At the end of their conversation Auckerman informed Mayfield that he would haveto send a positive test result to NASCAR. In response Mayfield merely tolds him to do whatever you feel like you need to do because u have done nothing but confuse me me and i don't know what else to tell you to do.
Mayfield called black and asked for a copy of the test results. Black refused to provide Mayfield with a copy stating they are property of NASCAR.
Then without Mayfield's consent, knowledge or permission, Aegis on its own or under Auckerman's instruction, tested Mayfield's Sample B. To do so Aegis broke the seal of Sample B and forwarded the results to of both tests to NASCAR, and not to Mayfield.

May 9, 2009.

We all know this date, a representative from NASCAR informed Mayfield by telephone that he was indefinitelysuspended as both a driver and as an owner.

May 12, 2009.

Mayfield received a letter from NASCAR informing him the conditions he would have to me to have his license reinstated.

 

This is the point where all the news conferences were held. Where NASCAR made allegations about Mayfield. Stating Mayfield was suspended because he took a 'performance-enhancing' or 'recreational' drug (they said this even after they were informed about the Adderall and Claritan D. Can u say SLANDER!?)

May 13, 2009.

Mayfield's council specifically requested that NASCARprovide him with the specific results of the drug test.

May 15, 2009.

Council provided by regular mail various materials in response to the request which did not include test results.

May 19, 2009.

Mayfield's council again requested the results. NASCAR provided one set of results later that day. those results were presumably related to Sample A.

May 20, 2009.

Mayfield's council requested the Sample B test results. Later that day they were finally received from NASCAR's lawyer. (even when Mayfield's lawyers got involved NASCAR still didnt cooperate to their full extent.)

May 27, 2009.

Uh Happy Birthday Jeremy. I'm sure it was a good one.

May 29, 2009.

Mayfield filed lawsuit against NASCAR, Brian France, Aegis science corporation (wait isn't that a sponser for someone in the Nationwide Series???) David Black, and Douglas Auckerman. (talk about a birthday present to yourself!)

Not sure of dates but at some point there events happened.
gag order (granted)
attempt at restraining order that would have allowed Mayfield to race (denied)
Case moved to federal court (by NASCAR) (Granted)
NASCAR files counter-suit. If you read it, all it basically says is denying all allegations by Mayfield and NASCAR's counterclaim states that Mayfield knowingly participated in NASCAR-sanctioned competition using a combination of drugs in violation of the substance-abuse policy (THERE IS NO LIST HOW WAS HE SUPPOSED TO KNOW!!)and in doing so, violated his contract with NASCAR and the standards of care that he owed fellow drivers and spectators. Mayfield's willful misconduct at the race track in which he competed while an illegal substance was still in his system is evidence that he presented a danger to himself and others. (ADDERALL AND CLARITAN D ISN'T ILLEGAL!)

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