Jeremy Mayfield looking forward to NASCAR racing again – NASCAR news
With nearly four years gone since the last time Jeremy Mayfield competed in a NASCAR race, the 43-year-old plans to return to NASCAR racing again and he is quite serious about it.
In May 2009, Mayfield was charged for possession of methamphetamine, a drug NASCAR drivers are not allowed to use or keep in their possession under any circumstances. Later, when NASCAR ran a drug test, the results were positive, even though Mayfield claimed
that he was being falsely accused. Thus, he was banned and could not race again until he went through NASCAR’s Road to Recovery drug rehabilitation program.
Instead of going through NASCAR’s Road to Recovery drug rehabilitation program, Mayfield thought of a more direct approach. He filed a law suit claiming that the methamphetamine drug test was a false positive and that he should be allowed to race again.
He claimed that he had used a mix of Claritin (an over-the-counter allergy medication) and Adderall (a prescription medication) and that was what brought positive methamphetamine test results.
On July 1, 2009, Mayfield won an injunction to race again. But in another drug test taken on July 6, 2009, the results were again positive and he was suspended again before he ran in even a single race since winning the injunction. His last NASCAR race was
2009 Crown Royal 400. Mayfield has not raced since but now seems to be very serious to return to NASCAR.
“I want to make a serious comeback. (It would be) very positive towards NASCAR. It could only help both sides, especially if you guys give me another chance and keep it all positive,” Mayfield said via text Wednesday.
However, if he really wants to get back to NASCAR, the first thing Mayfield needs is positive attitude. On Tuesday, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France was taking calls from fans in a radio show. Mayfield called the show and spoke with France about the
prospect of his return to stock car racing.
France told him that if he wanted to return to NASCAR, just like any other driver, he would have to complete the NASCAR Road to Recovery programme. Recently, Allmendinger, another NASCAR driver also failed a drug test but was reinstated on successful completion
of the NASCAR rehabilitation program.
Although a few years ago, Mayfield would have never joined the rehabilitation programme but recently, his attitude has changed and he may be seen enrolling for the programme in an attempt to return to stock car racing.