Jeremy Mayfield Fails Another Drug Test for Methamphetamine
Jeremy Mayfield has failed a random drug test for methamphetamine, again.
On Wednesday, NASCAR filed an affidavit with the court system asking that Mayfield's indefinite suspension be reinstated, after the courts had previously lifted the suspension and allowed Mayfield to attempt to drive again.
Mayfield's stepmother's testimony was also used by NASCAR in its affidavit. According to her, Mayfield used methamphetamine at least 30 times in seven years in her presence.
She has also included specific incidents in which she saw Mayfield use methamphetamine.
"I first saw Jeremy using methamphetamine in 1998 at Jeremy's shop on Jackson Road in Mooresville, North Carolina," she said.
"Jeremy cooked some of his own methamphetamine in his shop by the house until the stores took pseudoephedrine off the shelves.
In addition to making methamphetamine for his own use, I am aware that Jeremy has bought methamphetamine from others."
"Jeremy told me that he did methamphetamine before the [NASCAR awards ceremony in New York] when he drove for Ray Evernham."
"I saw Jeremy using methamphetamine in Myrtle Beach,'' she testified. "We left Myrtle Beach and traveled to Darlington for the race.
I saw Jeremy using methamphetamine again when we reached Darlington."
Mayfield denies the current allegations.
"I don't trust anything NASCAR does, anything (program administrator) Dr. David Black does, never have, never will."
He also strongly denies the accounts from his stepmother.
"Now they got this lying [expletive] to tell lies about me, someone I am embarrassed even uses the Mayfield name.
She's tried everything she can do to get money out of me, I won't help her, so I guess she found a way to get money from NASCAR by giving them an affidavit full of lies."
Mayfield's first positive test for methamphetamine came on May 1, and he was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR eight days later. Two weeks ago, the courts had granted an injunction lifting his ban from competing in the Sprint Cup.
Mayfield's attorney, John Buric, has filed an appeal of his own with 17 exhibits to counter NASCAR's wish to ban Mayfield indefinitely.
"There's nothing really to comment on other than we believe Judge Mullen was right and we don't believe there are any grounds for NASCAR to seek any stay from the 4th Circuit," Buric said. "The order should stand as it is."
"My only comment is that's their result," Buric told AP. "But what I want you to keep in mind is that test was performed by the defendants in the case.
Aegis Laboratories and Dr. Black are defendants in this case. I don't know if NASCAR has the right to ask the defendant to test Jeremy's urine sample. It ought to be done independently, but NASCAR didn't do that."
NASCAR will use Mayfield's recent failed drug test from home, along with Mayfield's stepmother's statements to prove that he is a danger to the sport.
"Because Mr. Mayfield's repeated and confirmed use of methamphetamine violates NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy, and because NASCAR must be permitted to protect the safety of its drivers, crews, and fans, as well as the integrity of the sport,
Defendants respectfully request that the Court immediately vacate its July 7, 2009 Order and reinstate NASCAR's suspension of Mr. Mayfield," court documents said.
They will also include that Mayfield's urine sample appeared to be "very dilute," which is a sign of an excessive consumption of water in order to "flush a drug" from the body's system.
Credit: Quotes were used from David Newton's article on http://www.espn.com
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