Mayfield Says No Illegal Drugs Involved
Concord, N.C. – The Jeremy Mayfield suspension case heated up at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Saturday as the driver and NASCAR pointed fingers back and forth at each other.
Mayfield, speaking out publicly for the first time since being suspended for violating the banned substances policy of NASCAR, says he did not take illegal drugs and that he believes what turned up positive in his test was an over-the-counter drug.
ESPN.com and other outlets who spoke to Mayfield in a hospitality area outside the garage, reported Saturday that Mayfield said he would appeal his ruling.
“I’m going to move as quickly as I can,” Mayfield said prior to the Sprint All-Star Race, according to ESPN.com. “Yeah, I’m denying it. Illegal drugs? Yeah, definitely.”
Mayfield insisted that he has not been told which drug it was for which he tested positive.
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said that is not true.
“All NASCAR members who violate the policy, including Jeremy, are notified of the substance that caused the failure,” Poston said. “Jeremy was verbally informed of the substance on three occasions last week by NASCAR’s Medical Review Officer. NASCAR stands by the reputable physicians and the nationally renown lab that handles our substance abuse program.”
Mayfield’s suspension prevents him from attending races. On Saturday, he was in the infield at Lowe’s as a spectator and watched the event from the top of a hauler in the infield. He indicated he was there to watch his No. 41 Toyota, driven by J.J. Yeley, run the Sprint Showdown. Yeley finished 22nd after starting 33rd.
Poston said Mayfield should not have been at that location. In recent years, crew chiefs on suspension began showing up at race tracks and observing races from outside official areas, and communicating with the crews by cell phone. But NASCAR officials said then that suspended members can not even be on the property.
“No suspended driver or crew member is permitted in any area of the track where NASCAR business or responsibilities are conducted,” Poston said. “This includes, but not limited to the garage, spotters stand, pit road, driver/owner lot, and hospitality areas.
There seems to have been a misunderstanding on Jeremy’s part. NASCAR officials spoke with him and he understands20the rules of suspension and agreed to comply.”.One Comment