Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
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Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
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Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
What To Watch In NASCAR: Tuesday 4/23/13
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday April 23, 2013
- As usual, it’s penalty day in NASCAR and the biggest bulls-eye lies on the No. 98 Truck driven by Johnny Sauter. The current series point leader, Sauter’s fuel cell was confiscated following pre-race inspection in Kansas, a move that’s led to fines, penalties, and crew chief suspensions in the past. Sauter is currently 12 points in front of teammate Matt Crafton in the championship chase.
- Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing will hold a national teleconference with reporters. Bowyer, ninth in the series standings has gotten his 2013 season back together after a rough start. Fifth at Kansas, his hometown track he’s now got three top-5 results in his last five Sprint Cup events.
- Denny Hamlin is expected to meet with doctors, following X-Rays to determine if he has medical clearance to race at Richmond. Hamlin has been out for about a month, since a last-lap crash into a non-SAFER, inside wall at Fontana resulted in an L1 Compression Fracture of his lower back March 24th.
- Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a series of announcements concerning the Coca-Cola 600 race the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. Among the items on the docket: a special set of pre-race ceremonies, plans for a unique “Welcome Home” presentation for U.S. Military returning from overseas and additional news regarding partner Coca-Cola. Joey Logano and Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith will be among those on hand for reporters.
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Jeremy Mayfield has tested positive for methamphetamine use, according to the latest sample collected by NASCAR. And no, this is not in reference to the test that Mayfield originally failed in May.
He failed another one.
A urine sample collected by NASCAR technicians on July 6th at Mayfield’s home returned positive for meth use. The sample was collected as NASCAR technicians directly observed (Mayfield gave the sample with his pants down and shirt pulled up), leaving no doubt as to its validity.
However, the collection of the positive sample was just one of many highlights from July 6th. Mayfield was contacted by NASCAR officials and given two hours to report to their approved lab for a drug test, allowed under the emergency injunction that he was granted effective July 1st. Yet Mayfield reportedly was unable to locate the NASCAR-approved facility, and instead reported to another drug testing lab (one suggested by his attorney), where he delivered a sample. The failure to provide the sanctioning body directly with a sample led NASCAR officials to show up at Mayfield’s home that evening to collect.
Mayfield’s attorney, John Buric, was quick to counter NASCAR’s report, saying that he instructed his client to report back to the lab Mayfield reported to on his own earlier that day as soon as NASCAR was done collecting their samples. That lab, Buric claims, confirmed that Mayfield did not test positive for meth use.
Two more contradicting stories in this saga… who’d have thought it possible?
Well, I’ve got two words of my own: Enough already.
As far as I’m concerned, Mayfield’s credibility is shot after this latest incident. Any issues brought up before the court that led to his reinstatement — flaws in NASCAR’s drug policies, mishandling of urine samples, etc. — do not apply here. If anything, NASCAR was flexible in allowing Mayfield to provide a sample in his home on the evening of July 6th… a number of hours past the deadline the same injunction that cleared Mayfield to race stated he had to meet when called for testing. And notice there’s no questioning of the validity of this urine sample, either.
Unfortunately, it’s this latest incident which now has this writer firmly convinced that Mayfield is hiding something. It’s just the latest strand in a long string of episodes that don’t have me believing a word coming out of his mouth.
In May, when the first positive test was reported, there is no doubt that NASCAR did everything wrong they could to make themselves the bad guy and to provide Mayfield a way to wiggle around the positive test. But, it’s also been largely glossed over that even if Mayfield’s allegation that his test was the result of using Claritin and Adderall was true, he obviously had failed to disclose to the sanctioning body in due time that he was using such medications… which Ramsey Poston noted as early as June 5th was a violation of any competitor’s contract with NASCAR.
Fast forward to late June and the judicial process that led to Mayfield’s emergency injunction which reinstated him as a NASCAR competitor. The decision was largely based on the judge’s presumption that the “harm to Mr. Mayfield [not being allowed to race] significantly outweighs the harm to NASCAR.” So, while NASCAR’s drug policy and ability to police its competitors has been shredded and largely undermined, Mayfield has yet to show up for a race since the “emergency injunction” was granted.
And despite the truth that Mayfield Motorsports was indeed cash-strapped even before this ugly drama unfolded, there largely appears to have been no effort on Mayfield’s behalf to get back to the race track to take advantage of this injunction. After over a week leading up to the injunction of hyping up a possible return to the track at Daytona, the No. 41 team never showed up… and apparently never made any plans to. Because even though the team’s former crew chief, Tony Furr, asserted the day prior to Mayfield’s reinstatement that “we’re a day-and-a-half away from having [a car] ready to go to wherever” and “I could have a team in place in less than an hour,” the No. 41 didn’t show up at Daytona… or Chicago.
Need more proof that Mayfield has obviously been blowing smoke about how quickly his team wanted and needed to get back to the race track? Today the final employee of the team, GM Bobby Wooten, left the same organization that Mayfield credited as his brainchild back in March. Why? Because just as he was doubtful regarding the validity of Robert Craddock and SmallSponsor.com’s pledge to sponsor Mayfield for the Brickyard race later this month, Wooten “does not believe Mayfield has any interest in resurrecting the team.”
Now, we have this latest episode that has Mayfield, already late in providing a urine sample, test positive again for methamphetamine.
And there’s no one screaming it was Claritin and Adderall this time.
Sure, there’s the sample that Mayfield provided at a lab of his attorney’s recommendation that was negative for meth. No question, the other elements regarding the latest breaking news in the case (that his stepmother has known of his meth use since 1998) border on the sensational even in this writer’s eye.
But ultimately, it’s the driver himself who has no credibility left to stand on.
Mayfield failed the first drug test. And regardless of what scenario truly played out regarding the Richmond fiasco in May, Mayfield failed to disclose in a timely manner the nature of his prescription drug use, a violation of his contract as a NASCAR competitor. Mayfield has failed to do anything to act on his reinstatement, despite far-reaching implications from that judgment which not only imperiled NASCAR’s drug policy but allowed him to take full control of his racing career away from the sanctioning body. Instead, he showed absolutely no interest and made no effort in getting back to racing. And now, he’s failed a drug test… again.
Enough is enough. There’s an ugly pattern going here… and this time, it’s not of NASCAR’s making.
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I congratulate you on your new job at Nascar PR . Looks like you’ve got the company chant down perfectly . And you’re right , Mayfield should simply sell his race team , burn his Nascar credentials , and report to the nearest prison facility to turn himself in , because as we all know , just like debris cautions , if Nascar says its so , then it must be so .
Ok, we’ve got The always believable and trust worthy NASCAR saying they have two positive meth tests. By the same lab. Yet nascar wants to control where the B sample is retested and wouldn’t agree to a test sight proposed by Jeremy’s attorney.
Then we have Jeremy and his attorney stating that they now have two negative tests and are still doing a B test as back up to further substantiate the negative results.
Now just who do I think I’ll lean toward believing?
Why has nascar dragged this step mother’s claims into this? She has about the same credibility as Brian France to me. Who is going to be brave enough, reporter enough, to check this woman and her relationship with Jeremy out?
What glares out to me is how far nascar will go to sway public opinion and be the same bully that I’ve seen since the sixties. The mission, as I see it from nascar, is that they have every intent to destroy Jeremy because he is trying to defend himself and is going against the fiefdom we know as nascar. Isn’t this the same thing they did in the Grant case? They wouldn’t let that case go to court anymore than they will this one. A sneaky quiet settlement hidden from the public will come at some point.
If Jeremy is in the right then I applaud his efforts. If he’s wrong then he has to be really stupid for going down this path. I’m with holding my judgment for just a little while longer. Why? I need more information and what I really want to see is just how low down nascar will get before they quit and run to the settlement table.
“Enough is enough. There’s an ugly pattern going here… and this time, it’s not of NASCAR’s making.” your right to the point of the ugly pattern, but how can you say with what information we have that NASCAR is innocent? to many questions for both sides, it’s still “My side tests and says this” No independent testing…As to NASCAR, how many times has the arrogance of a big powerful cooperation bit them selves in the a..? NASCAR could be taking to much stock in their Dr. and Lab. If I were NASCAR and with all it’s resources, I would be not be betting my reputation on one lab and Dr. I would have at least another reputable source and be more transparent on my process to prove I was credible. This drug testing process is not nor should be considered “Trade secrets”. When an independent lab that the court chooses give a result, no one side shuld be believed.
Is it just me, or does this sound like some what of a marketing ploy? Think about it….NASCAR ratings are the lowest they have EVER been. Attendance is the lowest it has EVER been. What better way to try and spike ratings and attendance then to single out Mayfield for their “Drug Drama?” Seems to me like they are trying to make this too much of a “soap opera” drama. They are being extrememly public with all the court hearings and such. Its like they are desperate to get people to watch each week…..just my two cents
Plus Mayfield sucks anyway….no loss in singling him to make use for their “Drug Conspiracy”
Wow, I knew most posters at this site had a lot of bones to pick with NASCAR, and in most cases I am right there with them, but this denial baffles me.
Could someone explain what NASCAR has to gain from this or what Mayfield did (prior to the first failed test) to warrant NASCAR’s alleged persecution of him. We are at the point where if NASCAR is falsifying evidence and blatantly telling lies in front of a judge that it is not longer just a fine, someone will be going to prison. I just don’t see the incentive for NASCAR to take it that far because I don’t see what vendetta they could have against Mayfield or what benefit this would be to NASCAR.
One word. Scapegoat.
I am pulling for you Jeremy. Heck I remember when drivers would take a smoke break during a caution. And double heck, NASCAR got started from rumrunning. Which is illegal. I bet some drivers where even drunk during a race. What about Doc Ellis. He pitched a no hitter on LSD. Get over yourself NASCAR and your Norman Rockwell fantacy camp.
The court should appoint an independent lab to draw and analyze a drug test. This ‘my’ lab and ‘his’ lab crap is doing nothing to create credibility for anyone. Jeremy Mayfield is a loser in my book, but before we burn him at the stake, the court should require the independent test at a lab where neither party has an interest. Someone needs to seriously take Nascar to task about their pitiful drug testing policy. If they are going to affect the livlihood of people, they better make the rules clear to everyone and make the testing as fair and unbiased as possible.
If everyone, including the author of this article, is getting fed up with all of the bulspit about Mayfield and NA$CAR, why is everyone still writing about it.
I understand that during the week there isn’t much NA$CAR news and people have to wright about something. Why not wright about the good things that our Cup, Nationwide, and Truck series drivers do for their community and charities to help children, and adults?
Everyone doesn’t need to ride a dead horse to death. Let this rest until AFTER it is settled or goes to court.
Even though I believe that Jeremy my be into something, I think nascrap IS trying to railroad him. I don’t know the reason but it will come out. He may have been porking king brian’s wife? nascrap has no creditibility!!
Bryan, congrats on your new job with NA$CAR.
Well, I never have been a fan of Mayfield but again too I don’t dislike him. That being said. I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on. If I had indeed taken meth and was tolded I would be random drug tested I certainly wouldn’t continue to do drugs. Jeremy would have to know that he would be tested to death and if he continue to do drugs then he is one of the stupiest persons I know. At this point I don’t know who to believe but if indeed Mayfield has independant tests from reputable labs that show him negative and Nascar’s Test show him positive then someone has a big problem. And, just think if Nascar’s Test had come up negative, their whole case against Mayfield would be out the window because they made him out to be as addict. Mayfield may indeed be guilty but it’s very hard for me to think someone would go through all these denials if they were guilty knowing full well they are going to test you to dealt to prove otherwise. And, if Nascar is manipulating the results then Mayfield will probably be a part owner of Nascar before this is over. I’m still waiting to see the results from reputable labs for tests Mayfield had done. If those tests are legit, then someone including most media ought to really come down hard on Brian France and Nascar. Brian talked about how Mayfield endangered drivers on the track, what about the accident Brian had a year or two ago. The rumors said he might be under the influence of something. If so, what about all the innocent babies, children, adults and whoever he endangered by driving impaired “if” he was impaired? Again, if Mayfield is indeed guilty then he has to be one of the most stupiest persons I know to drag this thing out like he has. He would have been much better off to admit to guilt and go through rehab than to go through this. Anyway, let’s see what Mayfield’s Tests from independat labs says if indeed he had them done. If Mayfield wanted to end this, maybe he could ask for members of the media to be present when he gets tested at independant labs and let them observe and see what the results are. Then maybe this thing would end one way or the other.
Now he’s saying Brian France is a user and nascar is corrupt. That his stepmom was involved in shooting and killing his dad. And he has a video crew with him 24/7 to document his every move.
Bill B , heres what Nascar has to gain from the Mayfield incident . They show all of the competitors , and all of the fans that they are in charge . That what they say goes . That no one should think messing with a decision by Nascar could ever possibly pay off . That what Nascar says goes , and if you try challenging that , you’ll pay heavily .
Nascar was built on the basis of Bill France Sr. ruthlesness when it came to dealing with anyone that went against him or his organisation . Bill Jr. carried on the tradition with absolute iron fisted control over every aspect of the sport . Now of course Brian isn’t the equal of either of those two men , in fact he might be better classified on the weak female side of the family . But the actual men in charge at Nascar , the ones that pull the strings behind the scenes , learned that control is everything , and the cost isn’t really important . Questioning Nascar cannot and will not be tolerated .
I think that message has already been well delivered by NASCAR and most teams/drivers already realize it. I don’t think they need to risk purgery and falsifying evidence while smearing a driver just to prove that. Do you really think any driver would want to risk doing drugs and failing a test? In a sport totally dependant on corporate sponsorship it would be the kiss of death. So I don’t buy your argument… now if Mayfield had been threating to bring a union in or something like that I could see it.
Bill B , several drivers already have risked using drugs and have failed the drug tests . Shane Hmiel for one , and the young man who was caught doing Heroin . NASCAR worried about perjuring and smearing a driver ? You must have missed the Tim Richmond saga .
Your starry eyed view of NASCAR and its integrity is just precious . I recommend you keep your eyes open , you’ll learn .
My mother recently retired from running the safety department at a large trucking company. As such she was in charge of arranging regular and random drug testing for hundreds of drivers.
She hates racing — considers it a cross between gladatorial combat and watching paint dry. She wouldn’t know Jeremy Mayfield from a hole in the wall. But the other day she got talking about how she ran her testing program and included this interesting titbit, …
If one of her drivers had been told where and when to report for testing then didn’t show within that 2 hour time window the truck would have been parked the minute that window expired, the driver would have lost his commercial license instantly, and he would have been fired then and there.
Its the same as refusing to take the breathalyzer test when the cop pulls you over — an automatic positive.
If Mayfield and his lawyer want federal standards there they are — miss the test and you’re toast. Period. No exceptions. No excuses.
She also informed me that they had “administratives” — false positives due to prescription drugs, etc. — all the time and that the labs are well accustomed to sorting them out from the real positives.
Maybe, just maybe, instead of grabbing any handy bat to bash away at Nascar one of the supposed reporters from this site, (and other sites who likewise make their livings from badmouthing the sport that feeds them), should have contacted a dozen or so places that do routine drug testing and tried to find out something about how its actually done instead of just assuming Nascar is evil and swallowing everything Mayfield said at face value.
NASCAR screwed up.
NASCAR is going to pay.
NASCAR needs new management.
NASCAR needs to get rid of France, Helton, and Darby just to start with.
NASCAR isn’t even close to being the exciting sport it once was.
NASCAR needs Bruton Smith and Tony Stewart in control.
$$$$$$$$$$$$ and more $$$$$$$$$$$
Are coming my way. Sung by Jeremy Mayfield
Trout… if, God forbid, the day should come when you have to defend yourself for something you may or may not have done, I hope no one says you’re not worth enough to care if you disappear.
You’re right, this does have all the makings of a Soap Opera. But unlike those shows, this IS real life and a lot of people on both sides have and will be affected by the outcome.
For me, if I take the NA$CAR name out of it and apply the the same scenario to any corporation, it would still raise a thousand questions.
I tend to lean towards Jeremy’s side but would like to see the courts mandate their own test NOW and remove some doubts. And if he has all the other independent lab results, at least I know he doesn’t have the money to buy off all the techs like some “corporations” and their “partners”.
Well there you go Jeremy , MB says your truck driving career is over , no exceptions , no excuses .
With any due respect to your mother , I also have relatives in the lab business and while false positives are very much a fact of life in drug testing , there is absolutely no sorting them out from the real positives unless the lab knows what possible causes there were for the false ones . Sort of like fingerprints in crime , having them doesn’t solve the crime , you have to be able to match them to an actual person to solve a crime .
Now so far , the evidence on either side is pretty shakey , but going by past history , i’ll go with Mayfield .
as far as I can tell, all we’ve really seen is that people (Mayfield and that DJ who tested it) who take Alderall and Claritin-D test positive for Methamphetamine use.
And, Nascar still says that’s not possible. At this point, that appears to be provably false. It looks to me like they’re just going to spend mayfield out of court. It’s a good plan (good meaning it could work, not that it isn’t morally reprehensible) if it works.
Hmm, “if” you were a heavy meth user, would you do it in front of your step mom? or how about if he has been a user since 1998, Nascar has been doing radom drug tests since 00’ or before. he was enver tested before? if he was what were those results? Nascar isn’t looking to good in my eyes, but then again they never have.
No sane person would destroy their own $50,000 to $100,000 per week career, like Jeremy Mayfield did twice (with Penske/Evernham) unless they were “spaced-out” on some kind of drug, so the accusation that JM has been a long time abuser seems plausible.
After seeing Ms. Grant’s bonanza payoff, possibly Mr. Mayfield decided that he too could profit handsomely at NASCAR’s expense by creating a situation that exploits their “ drug policy potholes.” Does anyone really believe that suddenly (in March 2009?) Mr. Mayfield is in need of an A.D.D. prescription, but never needed it in the past?
If nothing else, Jeremy is delusional if he believes that NASCAR is “just going to pony-up” the check-book to make this go away. Before he hired an attorney, JM should have hired Ms. Grant as a consultant because she proved herself to be a real pro at profiteering from NASCAR’s arrogance! By comparison, Jeremy Mayfield is a “rank amateur!”
So to all you doubters, given the fact that there will always be false positives in any testing method, what is your bright idea for enforcing a drug policy… or should drivers just be allowed to drive impaired?
To all you people who think Mayfield actually tested positive a second time, wake up. He’s not that stupid. Do you really think nas$car was going to admit any wrongdoing in this matter? I compare this to Truex Jr. getting a $25.000 fine and Long getting a $200,000 fine. It speaks for itself. Baaaa!!!
SOME OF YOU PEOPLE DONT HAVE A CLUE.I HAVE WORKED IN THE NASCRAP OOPS NASCAR SERIES FOR 12 YRS. IF I COULD ONLY TELL YOU THE STUFF I HAVE SEEN CREW CHIEFS OWENRS AND DRIVERS DO YOU WOULD BE WOWED.I HAVE SEEN OTHER DRIVERS DO SOME WILD STUFF BUT THEIR PROFILES ARE TO BIG TO ANNOUNCE.MAYFIELD ALWAYS LIKED YOU THEY ARE FULL OF SHIT ITS LIKE FIGHTING THE GOVERMENT NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.I COULD WRITE A BOOK ON ALL I HAVE SEEN AND PUT NASCAR OUT THE ONLY THING IS WHO IS GOING TO BELIEVE ME.BUT I KNOW WHAT I SEE.AND JUST A LITTLE REMINDER DO SOME RESEARCH ON MR.FRANCE JR. HAHHA HE JUST GOT OUT OF REHAB YOU DONT HERE OF THAT DO YOU.
The one recent drug test known (from observation) to have come from Mayfield came up positive for meth.
If a meth head says a drug test is flawed, is it? Just because there is no “list” of banned drugs, isn’t a man with average intelligence able to figure out what not to do? Why do all drug tests have to meet the World Doping Association or whatever criteria that someone else uses because it is deemed “the best”? (lets see what Lances book says when he retires) Face it, NASCAR created a test that they can live with, in a sport that they own. All you have to do is be smarter than the average bear to not be kicked out of a easy payday. Grow up folks and grab some reality, this isn’t tball. And by the way, Mr. Richmond died from AIDS, no pain killers needed there. Good driver, bad sex partner chooser.
Mt wife, who is a licensed drug and alcohol abuse counselor says the adderall/claritin combo could indeed create a positive meth test.There are also other OTC drugs that when mixed with adderall could cause a positive meth test. I just wonder why he didn’t make nascar aware of the Rx drugs he was taking in the first place. And the weird step-mother deal…If she supposedly has known for what…10 years she says that he’s used meth, and she NEVER said anything and no one else saw him doing it??? Pretty flimsy. Also he sure doesn’t look like a meth head for supposedly doing it for that long. Surely there would have been some physical signs. I really hope he is innocent. We’ll see I guess.
Rock and Roll, like, hey man, like I hope your book is easier to read than your post dude. It sounds like you got it down man. Rock on!
Nothing, I mean, nothing makes sense here. As much as I hate Brian France and that horse’s @ss Helton, I just can’t buy into Mayfield’s theories, first a mixture of prescription and OTC drugs. This time it’s, “oh…NASCAR is out to get me!!!” (I could see France or Helton not wanting to be proven wrong). However, way too many more discrepancies on the part of Mayfield…I could list them all, but there are many stories out there for you to gather that information.
It really appears like Mayfield is in need of lots of help. I will agree, he doesn’t display the physical characteristics of a meth head. But I wouldn’t want to find out for certain with him at 190 MPH.
However, ANYTIME I see Mayfield talking…“It’s just the latest strand in a long string of episodes that don’t have me believing a word coming out of his mouth.” FESS UP JEREMY!!! The denial is really making you look stupider than you already are looking.
Why did NASCAR insist on testing him when he has no ability to show up at the track and attempt to qualify. The judge already said he wanted a hair sample tested. Why not just wait until the court ordered test comes back?
I’m all for NASCAR having the right to suspend a driver for a positive result. What I do think is wrong about this situation is that NASCAR is completly unwilling to give Jeremy the chance to try and prove his innocence. Just because NASCAR says it is true does not make it so.
Just because NASCAR says it’s so doesn’t make it false.
It’s funny – this article on Frontstretch about Mayfield in 2008 doesn’t mention one word about his chronic meth problem.