Jeremy Mayfield Taking His Battle with NASCAR to the Media

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IOctober 23, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 01:  Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #70 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series UAW-Dodge 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jeremy Mayfield isn't done telling his side of the story.

Mayfield will appear on ESPN's Outside the Lines on Sunday for his first live, one-on-one, television interview since he was suspended by NASCAR in May.

Mayfield was suspended for what NASCAR said was a positive drug test of methamphetamine, but for what Mayfield has claimed to be a reaction of his ADHD medication (Adderall) and allergy medication (Claritin-D).

"No, they could never be confused for methamphetamine in a confirmation," says Dr. Anthony Butch, director of UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, who has also done testing on Olympic, NFL, and NCAA athletes.

Since May, both Mayfield and NASCAR have fought in a court of law about whether he should be allowed on the track. His suspension had been lifted the Wednesday leading up to the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, but Mayfield didn't show up to race.

He hasn't been at the track since then.

But more than just his legal battle about trying to clear his name, Mayfield has accused NASCAR of using him as an example, spiking his urine sample, and creating false positive tests. Not only did Mayfield fail his first test in May, but he failed a second one after his suspension had been lifted.

According to that test Mayfield's levels indicated that he was a habitual user, which was then backed-up by family and friends of his that say they witnessed him using the drug through the years. That's something that Mayfield says is a lie, because he has no contact with any of them.

Things took a weirder turn when he said his step-mother killed his father, and that he was going to be opening an investigation into that event. Then came Mayfield having her arrested for what he said was her trespassing on his property while threatening to kill him and his wife.

In Sunday's interview Mayfield tells Outside the Lines reporter Steve Delsohn that NASCAR sees him as someone that was expendable. As well as someone that is a good pawn to scare the sport's top stars.

Stars that Mayfield claims are the ones that are actually doing drugs.

"You can use me as an example to let everyone know who may have already tested positive for marijuana, cocaine or whatever, that they haven't got anybody for, and it puts the fear of God in everybody in the whole sport," he says.

"I was a good example, a good pawn who wasn't going to cost them any money at all. I was worth more to them as a failed drug test then I am as a driver/owner for my own team," Mayfield said.

Mayfield also admits that his career is all but over, having to sell his race team because he couldn't financially support it anymore. "I wish I could sit here and say 'No, it's not over,' but realistically, I would have to have a sponsor, or my own team," he said.

"Or find a ride, and all those are virtually impossible with the baggage that comes along with me now."

Instead, his only job and focus now is proving NASCAR is wrong.

Outside the Lines will air Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9:00 am ET on ESPN.


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