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In lengthy interview, Jeremy Mayfield maintains innocence, refuses to undergo NASCAR treatment program (video)

Jun 11, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

More than five years after being suspended indefinitely for failing a NASCAR-mandated drug test, Jeremy Mayfield on Wednesday again insisted he did nothing wrong to warrant his banishment from the sport.

And while he has settled other legal problems, Mayfield remains adamant he will not go through NASCAR’s Road to Recovery treatment program which could lead to his eventual reinstatement in the sport.

In a one-hour interview with SportingNews.com’s Bob Pockrass, most likely the longest interview Mayfield has given to date, he shed little new light or broke little new ground in his ongoing fight to clear his name and return to racing.

Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR for failing a drug test that indicated the usage of methamphetamine.

“I don’t use drugs, for sure,” Mayfield told Pockrass. “I don’t drink. I might have a couple of beers a year, maybe. … I don’t steal. I haven’t broke into any buildings and stole race parts and stuff.”

Mayfield again on Wednesday insisted the test, administrated by NASCAR consultant and drug testing/recovery program administrator Dr. David Black,  produced a false positive.

He continues to claim that a mixture of the doctor-prescribed hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall and the over the counter allergy medicine Claritin-D altered the test results.

Mayfield mounted a legal battle against NASCAR that extended for more than three years before he lost the case in court. The only way he can get back into the sport is to go through the Road to Recovery program, which is what NASCAR has required since he was first suspended.

But because Mayfield remains adamant that he will not go through the program, it essentially means his NASCAR career is over for good.

“The easy road would have been, ‘OK, yeah, I will do your road to recovery Dr. Black and I will go to your rehab,’” Mayfield told Pockrass. “But I just didn’t believe that that’s right. And I still don’t believe it’s right. … I don’t feel like I did anything wrong. And still don’t today.”

Mayfield is the only driver who has been suspended by NASCAR that has refused to go through the Road to Recovery treatment program.

By contrast, AJ Allmendinger was suspended in 2012 for using Adderall. He promptly went through the Road to Recovery program and was reinstated by NASCAR less than two months later.

In addition to the suspension, Mayfield has also incurred other legal troubles since then, including being charged with having stolen property on his former estate.

Mayfield eventually entered an Alford plea – in which a defendant agrees there is enough evidence to prove guilt against him or her, but does not admit to the act – to a pair of misdemeanor charges for possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As a result, Mayfield avoided jail, the case was resolved and he has been able to move forward with the next phase of his life.

And that includes getting back to racing – but only at non-NASCAR sanctioned tracks and races.

He recently started a web site that further tells his side of what he and his family have gone through over the last five years, as well as restarting his racing career, including driving modifieds in an event this weekend at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. (northeast of Greensboro).

Mayfield made 433 starts in his Sprint Cup career, earning five wins, 48 top-five and 96 top-10 finishes.

While it would seem Mayfield’s problems would all go away and he could resume his racing career if he only went through the Road to Recovery, that won’t be happening any time soon – if ever, he insisted again.

“You’ve got to stand up for what you believe in,” Mayfield said. “If you didn’t, you’re not American anymore.”

For more of Mayfield’s interview with Pockrass, click here.

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  1. jjackwagon - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Stand up for yourself Jeremy, after five years you are not getting another ride anyway.

    • jasouder57 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Same as it ever was, Bullheaded

  2. manik56 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    NASCAR is probably happy he is so stubborn. Did his parents never teach him what cutting of your nose to spite your face means? Does he understand people go through drug and alcohol diversion programs all the time who do not have addictions just to make themselves look better in the eyes of a judge? JM may or may not have used drugs, but I do know he has no common sense or humility. Enjoy watching the poor coverage on TNT with the rest of us.

  3. dmoney666 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    He could go through the program 5 times. No owner would TOUCH him. And I’m sure the other drivers would refuse to be on a track with him anyway.

  4. techmeister1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    The sad part is we really don’t know what the truth is here. It certainly appeared to me and some other folks that CRASHCAR may have falsely accused Mayfield and with their financial clout they were able to basically overwhelm him. Some of the characters involved appeared to be catering to the media for profit and did not seem credible. Stolen property magically winding up on his property when he knew he was essentially under 24/7 surveillance sure looked like a set-up job.

    In the end this man’s life was ruined by CRASHCAR and others. Is he a drug addict or someone who challenged CRASHCAR’s yet UNDISCLOSED DRUG POLICY because he was falsely accused? I have said for years that there is absolutely no justification for CRASHCAR or any other organization to have a “secret” drug policy. Make the drug policy crystal clear and public. Then if someone violates the policy there are no issues. If on the otherhand CRASHCAR or some other organizations is making up the rules as they go along and using test specimens that may have been tampered with, then there are real issues with credibility.

    IME, in America the judicial system is often abused by those with the financial means to do so. It can be and has been used to crush innocent people. We will probably never know the full story on Mayfield unless some team of lawyers strong enough to take on CRASHCAR, sees an injustice here and is determined to right the wrong.

  5. jasouder57 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Hey Jeremy, Your problem is not admitting you have a problem.The apple did not fall far from the tree as you learned everything from your Dad.Take a good hard look at him is that what you really want to be.Well you are on your way.Why not try NASCARS program you have nothing to lose.Or is the life you are living now more important. GOOD LUCK

    • chad4208 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      i guess you know his dad personally?

  6. hotshotexpressfl - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    NASCAR messed up and now trying to cover their ass.and jeremy’s stepmom told all kind of bs on him and thats been proven.helton and france are a joke and ruined nascar!!!!!!

  7. hockeyfan91 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Someone needs to tell this loser that his 15 minutes of fame are over. He chose his drugs over his racing career, and then he chose to be stubborn and not comply with the rules. Even if he were magically reinstated today, no owner is going to put him into a car. Even at the high point of his career, he didn’t have the talent to overcome the PR disaster that he has become.

  8. camino409robert1026 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    No owner would think of giving him a ride. He is an owner’s nightmare. We already have the Busch brothers that need to join Mayfield on the sidelines. Why would he think he could find a ride? He is stubborn & is right where he should be!!!

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      His attitude made that ship sail before he even got suspended. He was driving for himself at the time.

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