NASCAR Says Stepmother Saw Mayfield Use Meth
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
NASCAR on Wednesday filed documents asking that the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte, vacate the recent ruling by Judge Graham C. Mullen which had lifted the suspension of driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield for violating the organization’s substance abuse policy.
The filing came after Mayfield allegedly tested positive again for methamphetamines.
In addition, the documents filed by NASCAR – copies of which have been obtained by RacinToday.com – contained an accusation from Mayfield’s stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, that she had personal knowledge of Jeremy of using and making the drug.
Mayfield told the Associated Press that he refutes claims made in the NASCAR filing and insisted that his stepmother is lying.
According to the “Defendants Memorandum in Support of Motion For Relief Pursuant to Rule 60(b)95) filed by NASCAR”:
“Defendants seek vacatur of the Court’s Order because additional drug testing – conducted after the July 1, 2009 hearing and pursuant to the Court’s directives – establishes conclusively that Mr. Mayfield has again used methamphetamine in violation of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy. Indeed, a member of Mr. Mayfield’s family has come forward to alert the Court that Mr. Mayfield’s drug use goes back more than a decade, and that she personally observed Mr. Mayfield using methamphetamine before a NASCAR race.
“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.”
Mayfield had originally tested positive for “meth” on May 1. He was subsequently suspended by NASCAR.
On July 1, he was granted the injunction by Judge Mullen which allowed him to return to work as a driver in the NASCAR series.
The latest test was conducted on July 6.
Documents filed by NASCAR assert that Mayfield was ordered to report for his recent test at any of a number of testing facilities and do it within two hours of a phone call ordering him to report. However, the documents say, he never showed up, claiming he got “lost”.
The document said, “After Mr. Mayfield was allegedly ‘lost’ within a five-mile radius for nearly two hours, NASCAR offered to send collectors to his home…An observed urine sample was collected at Mr. Mayfield’s home at approximately 8:15 p.m., about seven hours after he had been notified to report for testing.”
The documents filed Wednesday by NASCAR assert that Mayfield’s latest test contained a urine sample which was diluted, indicating a possible attempt to defeat the test by ingesting a large amount of water.
According to the document, “The levels of methamphetamine detected in Mr. Mayfield’s samples are consistent with levels reported in peer-reviewed scientific literature for habitual users who develop a tolerance, consume high doses of methamphetamine, and are subsequently detected through random testing without displaying obvious signs of their drug use.”
On July 6, the Associated Press reports, Mayfield also had a second test at a lab chosen by his attorneys. His attorney said that test came back negative but was sent back to the lab Wednesday for “reconfirmation” after the NASCAR test results were received.
The NASCAR documents also asserted that Mayfield’s claim that his original failed-test was the result of mixing legal drugs Claritin-D and Adderall, was false.
The documents further assert that Lisa Mayfield, Jeremy’s stepmother, has come forward to state that she had direct knowledge of drug use by her step-son dating back to 1998. And, that Jeremy Mayfield had made his own “meth” until he began buying it from others.
The document read, “According to Ms. Mayfield, Mr. Mayfield “cooked” his own methamphetamine until it became too difficult to obtain the ingredients, and he then turned to buying the drug directly from dealers…Ms. Mayfield saw Mr. Mayfield use methamphetamine approximately thirty (30) times throughout the years, including at least once before a race.”
Mayfield told the Associated Press, “She’s (Lisa Mayfield) 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.”
According to ESPN.com, Mayfield’s attorney’s on Wednesday argued that the lifting of banishment should stand.
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