NASCAR says that Jeremy Mayfield failed the drug test he took on Monday, again testing positive for methamphetamine. Included with the filing is an affidavit from Mayfield’s stepmother, who claims she witnessed Mayfield using methamphetamine several times over the last seven years. In addition, the filing says that Mayfield and his attorneys have yet to select another lab to test his backup sample.
According to Lisa Mayfield, Jeremy’s stepmother, she said she first saw him use methamphetamine in 1998 at a race shop. she went on to explain that when pseudoephedrine was taken off the shelves, it became harder for Mayfield to make his own drugs The affadavit says:
Between 1998 and 2005, I am personally aware that Jeremy used methamphetamines often. I was concerned about his heavy use and talked to his father about it. I saw Jeremy use methamphetamine by snorting it up his nose at least 30 times during the 7 years I was around him. Jeremy used methamphetamine not only in my presence, but also when we were both in the presence of others.
Last week, NASCAR requested a sample from Mayfield. There was a disagreement between Mayfield and NASCAR as to how the test was performed, which resulted in the sample being provided hours after it was requested, despite a two-hour deadline usually given to drivers.NASCAR officials took this to be an indication that Mayfield was trying to avoid the test.
In the filing, NASCAR wrote:
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 … reinstate NASCAR’s suspension of Mr. Mayfield.
Mayfield originally failed his drug test on May 9th, and was suspended indefinitely. He, then, claimed that it was due to the a mix of Adderall RX, which he said he was perscribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Claritin.
Mayfield’s stepmother’s affadavit, if true, will certainly be damning to Mayfield’s case. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, and whether or not what she says is true. Like I said before, this is certain to get uglier.