NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Thompson In Turn 5 · Tommy Thompson · Thursday September 24, 2009
The Jeremy Mayfield saga took an ugly turn for the worse Monday with the news that sworn testimony had been gathered from four men that claim to have first-hand knowledge that Mayfield did use methamphetamine on a regular basis. The three affidavits and one deposition adds credence to similar claims of drug abuse previously made by the 40-year old NASCAR driver’s stepmother. Mayfield had categorically denied Lisa Mayfield’s accusations and had portrayed her as a person with an ‘axe to grind,’ as well as being, in is opinion, criminally responsible for the death of his father.
Drug allegations came to light when Mayfield, driving for his own one-car team, failed a random drug test performed at Richmond International Raceway in May. From the time NASCAR informed Mayfield the following weekend at Darlington that he was suspended for violation of the sanctioning body’s drug policy, the Kentucky native has insisted that he did not, nor has he ever taken drugs illegally. Mayfield asserted that the positive results from the drug screening were due to a prescribed drug that he uses for ADHD (Adderall) and an over-the-counter allergy medicine (Claritin D) that he had used in combination prior to the testing in Virginia.
Whether Mayfield indeed had illicitly used methamphetamine has become a matter of frequent debate amongst followers of the sport. In fact, public opinion seemed close to being evenly split as to Mayfield’s innocence. Many within the stock car racing community sided with Mayfield and believed that NASCAR’s testing procedures were flawed.
Certainly the Mayfield case has put the spotlight on aspects of the NASCAR random drug testing policy. Issues concerning NASCAR’s reluctance to provide a readily available and definitive list of banned substances have come under fire. Likewise, the organization’s one week delay in notifying the driver of the test results and allowing him to practice and attempt to qualify at Darlington have put NASCAR “under fire” as well.
However, though legitimate questions concerning the sport’s drugs testing procedures may still remain, the question of whether or not Jeremy Mayfield used amphetamines has now been adequately answered to the affirmative. Common sense dictates that one, or maybe even two, acquaintances might be bought, intentionally lying or mistaken, but it is highly doubtful that five individuals close to Mayfield would all be wrong or conspiring to ruin him.
In a deposition given with Mayfield and his attorney present, Mayfield’s former brother-in-law David Keith recounted witnessing Mayfield snort methamphetamine in his home, garage and car from 1998 through 2000. According to Keith, Mayfield’s drug use increased to daily usage.
Because Keith is an ex-in-law, it might be understandable to be suspect of his statements and discount his testimony as possibly malicious, not knowing the specifics of their relationship today. However, three friends of Mayfield have given sworn affidavits recounting drug use by Mayfield consistent with that of Lisa Mayfield and now, Keith.
Barry Lee, a friend from Kentucky, recounted having seen the driver use methamphetamine at least 50 times up to 2000.
Another member of Mayfields’s inner-circle, Michael Buskill, lived on the Mayfield property during 2006 and 2007 and also confirmed the drug use. In addition, another Kentucky friend Steven Russelburg stated, “During that time, I frequently saw Jeremy use methamphetamine, almost on a daily basis.” Russelburg said that Mayfield did not want his wife, Shana to know of his drug use and, “Most of the time this occurred at a barn on the property that had been converted to a shop”
Damning testimony to be sure. Mayfield has yet to offer a response to these latest accusations. Though, at some point he will have to surface and offer some feeble explanation for the avalanche of eyewitness testimony that pointedly contradicts his claims of innocence.
Jeremy Mayfield is in a corner and there will be no way for him to get out of it with his integrity completely intact. Many have rallied around him and even more have given him the benefit of the doubt as his story of a “false positive” was plausible. But the sad and startling truth is that Jeremy Mayfield is a user of methamphetamine and most probably has a drug problem that he now needs to face and deal with.
Why Mayfield has pursued the issue to the great extent he has is a question that may never be answered. He has offered heartfelt and courageous denials of drug use and vowed to fight the injustice of suspension from NASCAR even at great personal expense and with the knowledge that he probably never would compete in NASCAR again.
He and his high-powered attorney, Bill Diehl, have spent countless hours and, for Mayfield, countless dollars fighting NASCAR’s suspension of him every step of the way. He all but called NASCAR liars on numerous occasions on any number of issues, from when and if he had been notified of the drug identified in the original drug screening to how much time he was afforded to travel to a NASCAR approved testing lab for follow-up random drug screenings.
At any time Mayfield could have entered into a drug rehabilitation program and worked towards reinstatement in NASCAR. Instead, he chose to deny that he was in fact guilty and chose to lash out at anyone that said otherwise.
In addition to the new testimonies that NASCAR attorneys have provided the court, NASCAR has requested that U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen order Jeremy Mayfield to report for a psychiatric, neuropsychological and physical examinations by NASCAR selected physicians. Order or no order from the Judge, the Mayfield issue has all but come to an end.
To be sure, there is still plenty to question concerning NASCAR’s Drug Policy. Nevertheless, it did accomplish what it is intended to do – detect drug use among drivers and team members. It is not at fault for Jeremy Mayfield’s drug use.
Whatever the reason for Jeremy Mayfield to carry the ruse as far as he has, it is now over. The wife must know the truth that Jeremy tried to hide from her. There is nobody left to fool. The truth is out in the open, now.
If only NASCAR, in the first year of its augmented random drug program, had been in error! Programs are much easier to fix than are people. But that is now what Jeremy Mayfield will need to begin doing—fixing his problem.
And…that’s my view from Turn 5.
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Mayfield is officially history as a driver and team owner as far as many people are concerned. Here is a young man that was so pompous that he was sure he could beat the system. I am not saying that NA$CAR is perfect…they are FAR from it. Their investigation has proven that Mayfield IS a meth head. For you NA$CAR haters, look at the facts. If you are still supporting this loser, then you are probably smoking crack or doing meth yourself!
I have never been a big Mayfield fan, but I still find it hard to believe he was using Meth on a daily basis according to witness, and no one at the race shop or track suspected anything. This is hard to believe. Most every drug class I have sit in talked about how you started losing your teeth and hair if you were a regular user of METH. I do not know one way or the other if Mayfield is a drug user or not but it would be hard to hide the type of use described for 10+ years.
Isn’t it just so cozy how all these witnesses and statements are delivered to the public from one single source, NASCAR. I do believe that they do have a rather big dog in this hunt. Yet by so many of these wanna be reporters Nascars word is gospel and nothing Jeremy say’s has any merit. For those that have offered their UNBIASED, BASED ON NASCAR FACTS, ever wonder how you are going to duck being held responsible, liable, should there be no conviction of Mayfield? Don’t forget, this is NASCAR who is ALWAYS truthful and unbiased. These are lawyers who never put a spin on something.
Why don’t we just wait for this to work its way through the courts. At this point I’d lean away from NASCAR being straight forward and honest on this case. They have the most to lose.
I fell of the “TURNIP TRUCK”, (thats how NA$CRAP likes to view it’s fans), maybe you fell off the CABBAGE truck!
Your “ the question of whether or not Jeremy Mayfield used amphetamines has now been adequately answered to the affirmative.”
Let me count the $$$$ these people will make by “supporting” NA$CRAP’S claim!
And last but not least, your “ Though, at some point he will have to surface and offer some feeble explanation for the avalanche of eyewitness testimony that pointedly contradicts his claims of innocence.”
Maybe you should write a disclaimer to go along with this article!
DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICE WAS WRITTEN UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION AND WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF NA$CRAP, AND IS FULLY INTENDED TO BIAS THE VIEWS OF THE RACING FAN IN A WAY TO FURTHER DISCREDIT JEREMY MAYFIELD, AND TO EXHIBIT HOW HONEST, CONSCIENTIOUS, AND FAIR NA$CRAP APPLIES THE RULE BOOK!
(end of disclaimer)
Latest news from NA$CRAP Regarding the Jeremy Mayfield drug issue:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WE, NA$CRAP WERE DRIVING DOWN THIS COUNTRY ROAD IN KENTUCKY, AND CAME ACROSS THESE FOUR (4) INDIVIDUALS WALKING DOWN THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. WE, NA$CRAP, PULLED OVER AND ASKED THEM IF THEY KNEW A JEREMY MAYFIELD. THEY STATED THEY DID NOT, AND ASKED WHY. THE SITUATION WAS EXPLAINED TO THEM, AND SUDDENLY THEIR COLLECTIVE MEMORIES DID REMEMBER CERTAIN INSTANCES ABOUT THIS “JEREMY MAYFIELD”!
WHY OF COURSE THEY WERE OLD FRIENDS, AND SMOKED/USED LOTS OF (what was that?) TOGETHER!
SURE, WE WILL PUT THAT IN WRITING, OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO DO THE SPELLING!
THIS IS MEANT TO CLARIFY HOW WE NOW HAVE “CONCLUSIVE PROOF” OF JEREMY’S TRANGRESSIONS AS REGARD DRUGS. AND SUBMIT SAME TO THE COURT.
(last time these four (4) guys were seen, they were driving brand new pick up trucks) How nice!
AND THE REAL POINT of all this is????
If Jeremy used drugs as frequently as these guys stated, and NA$CRAP only caught him ONCE!
What does that say about their “drug testing” procedure/policy?
Never mind their “credibility”!
Whoops, there I’ve done it again, using “credibility” in the same sentence as nA$CRAP!
Well, just call me a DUMB TURNIP!
Wow, turnipguy you have issues. you need i would guess to see a shrink on a daily basis for 10 years like mayfield. lookit race fans mayfield has been coming unglued for years. the behavior is classic. it really started in public with the mayfield v evernham fiasco. look where that got him. word gets around the garage area fast guys and gals. no one wanted mayfield after that. sure he got in at bill davis racing but almost anyone can get in now with a check book. but it even started way before that. he couldn’t get along over at penske and they wasted him. only later did he say that he should have done better there. then he got his little wifey in there helping in the pr thing. the mayfields have been trash for a while.
Now lets see; let’s recount here:
first off it’s penske’s fault, ney evernham, ney nascar, ney bad lab tests, ney unprofessional lab guys, ney nascar spiked my urine, ney my mother-in-law, net my brother-in-law, ney “the system,” ney brian france, ney triad racing, ney dodge, ney my crew chief, ney myex-wife, ney bad directions, ney only 5 mins to pee, ney…on and on and on. trouble is with a drug addict is that all their lies, it’s really hard to keep up with and all their excuses. so a long list of people from penske (maybe even further back, huh? Maybe cale)…all these people are conspiring to hurt lil ole jeremy mayfield. the world is against him, he has so many conspirators lined up out his drug, uhh, i mean race shop to testify against him or to do him harm? please, for chrissakes. the guy has imploded and the mark of a drug abuser is taking everyone down with him that he can; drag all of who you can think about through the mud. hey, maybe his dad dies of a broken heart…anyone ever think abou that. maybe his dad knew. I gotta tell ya folks the people that are lined up to defend mayfield are ion for a rude awakening. the news media that jumped on his bandwagon to defend him just because they don’t like nascar are gonna eat crow. drug abusers will break your heart and they will use you up. go ahead and defend this piece of crap who will lie till the end of time to save his butt. that’s his only strategy and on his drug days he sees that the only way to pay his bills and keep his house and pannies he has to lie and creat enough doubt that a jury trial would be too expensive for nascar and they will settle. so a few million will take him a couple of years down the road (only a couple mind you because drug abuse will eat up most his money).
Now yall go ahead and defend this guy. What about the two business (may be more out there) that he has stiffed for a total of $150k? Hey what about those guys? did they conspire against mayfield? did they give him faulty parts and pieces and engines? he has taken their money and given it to his legal team. I can bet ya that $150k is gone. those lawyers took that up in the first 5 weeks of this mess. maybe mayfield will sell drugs to fund the legal habit he has created.
This guy is a gonner and he has no one but himself to blame and those who defend him just need help, that’s all there is to it.
This article, like most others, only gives Nascar’s side of the story. Mr. Thompson only reports the news that shows Nascar in a good light. Those court filings he refers to were dated Aug. 27th and give Nascar’s side of the story. No one in the Nascar Media has bothered to report of Jeremy’s court filing on Aug 14th. It lists 23 people who will testify that he does not use meth. This filing includes: Mayor Vance Readling, Catawba,NC. and Cecil Cook, Chief of Police, Catawba Nc. and many others who have personal contact with Jeremy.
It’s really funny how the Nascar Media can find all kinds of courts filings for Nascar and almost none for Jeremy. Nascar controls, yes they do.
Maybe it’s not so much folks are defending Jeremy? Maybe that it’s the lack of anything more than one drug test, which he then counters with another with different results, and unproven statements from folks whose credibility has not been put to the test by any measure except of course NASCAR!
Having been around and inside NASCAR, a licensed mechanic back in prehistoric times, since 1964, I have learned to take with a grain of salt the words out of Daytona, especially if they are being challenged. Before Jeremy gets convicted any more, lets look at this a year from know, lets see the real EVIDENCE! Lets see if NASCAR settles this out of court as in Marcia Grants case where she too was lying according to NASCAR. Why did they fire those accused people again?
It’s not to defend Jeremy, it’s about fairness, innocent until proven guilty and that hasn’t quite happened yet. OH! Was Jeremy honest about what he said about Evernham? Guilty of doing crack because he runs off at the mouth? No, that makes him guilty of running off at the mouth!
No way he was using for 0ver 10 years and nobody noticed? This is not a little weed, this is Meth, you cannot be a functioning daily user for that period of time. And who are these people? Users also no doubt.
wgg I have been around NASCAR too for many years. I was on DiGard’s team in the 80s. I know this sport as good or better than you do. I know about Bill Gazaway, I know about Richard Petty’s big engine win, I know about the “company car.” I know about a lot of stuff. So just because I do don’t make me right. But just because you do don’t make you right. I ain’t a fan of NASCAR whatsoever but you guys that are against them are just full of biterness…and hey NASCAR breeds that. They have nothing but themselves to blame on that.But for zeezuz sakes man. Mayfield is using these lawyers to create misdirect. That’s what they are good at. That’s what they get paid big bucks for. But tell me where is the money going that Mayfields owes his suppliers, HUH!? So they are innocent PERIOD! Mayfield made those contractuals arragements in his “good name” then went and spent the money on drugs or lawyers…You would be the same type that still thinks OJ Simpson didn’t murder anyone. Innocent until proven guilty, yea right. Simpson wrote “if I did it” he was so arrogant. He did it alright and stuffed it in front of everyone’s face until just recently. And even after Simpson was found “not guilty” in a court of law that didn’t mean he didn’t do it…Conversely, how about all those black folk inNC and TX that are now being freed because of new DNA evidence that proves they didn’t do it. Hey, where is your indignation about that one guy? All these years…yea they were “innocent until proven guilty” alright…they were guilty until proven innocent. But it took 10-20 years for the most part…So don’t spout that claptrap about innocent until proven guilty thing. What a crock. You think any self-respecting person would accuse NASCAR of the things Mayfield says they did, “spike his urine, Brian takes drugs, gave me the wrong directions, she killed my father”! Good gawd man they guy is twisted. he will say anything to get off. and for the record nascar saw where they were somewhat liable for the Marcia Grant case because they had some employees that misbehaived. they had to settle because yes there was some liability there. but it is documented that she ain’t a princess herself. so comparing these two cases is like drawing a line through dog do do. I guess you got your hands dirty.
Henry, ahh. The case of the dueling afidavits. wow that’s something new under the sun. mayfield has smart lawyers, whom by the way he is paying for with OPM.
Keep diggin Mayfield supporters. You are gonna look like the Simspon jury who should have done their job in the first place instead of holding OJ up for some sort of Martyr for perceived past injustices. OJ did it and so did Mayfield.
Dave —— My point is, that the Nascar Media does not report all the news. If you are going to put out stories about how guilty Mayfield is, why not put out his side of the story also. The media has done this from day one. About the only place you can find articles giving Mayfield’s side are the local Charlotte stations. You can’t tell me Nascar is not controlling this. If they are not, then you tell me why this is happening.
I would think it is possible to be a user without being an addict. Most of the stories and sensationalized stereotypes are of full blown disfunctional addicts. Believe it or not, there are more functional users in the population than disfunctional users (functional meaning that they can hold a job and can pull it together enough to at least get by).
Those people you read about in the papers are the extremes.
With regards to the teeth issue. A full blown addict probably doesn’t have access to dental care or money to get things fixed, they probably don’t even brush their teeth for days at time while they are on their trip. On the otherhand someone making six figures (or more) can afford implants if need be.
And oh, by the way, where is that BIG SPONSOR mayfield claimed that was going to resue him? huh? they were just waiting to bring zillions of bucks to sponsor a has been! oh yea, I believe that one big wgg. I really do…Ooopps I know you are gonna argue, just like Mayfield, that WHEN HE FLUNKED A SECOND DRUG TEST (that of course NASCAR fixed too) that scared off his BIG sponsor. His “sponsor” was just waiting to place large sums of cash into mayfields pocket, especially when they found out he had stiffed other people. Oh, I know the world is against mayfield. NASCAR is all at fault for this. yes yes yes. little jeremy is so persecuted…man that’s just classic drug abuser doublespeak…I am tellin ya drug abusers will break your heart and use you up. until they get off their demons that is their MO. And dupes like you buy it hook line and sinker.
Amen Bill B. You might not want to make my argument for me and I understand that. But your comments are right on. People can be drug users and abusers and get on for years without detection. Hey Bernie Madorf fooled some of the smartest people on the planet for years in the BILLIONS of dollars. Thought he wa a good guy too. But look what he did. Robbed people of their lifes savings in some instances. made them nearly penniless. hey but he was a “whiz” on wall street. largest ponzi scheme in the history of the universe conducted right under peoples’ noses. so what does mayfield have under his nose…and hey wgg, a BUNCH or people covered for Madorf and didn’t even know it. thought he was innocent until proven guilty too, ey? look at the carnage he left.
Look at Billy Mays. Even though he had a hyper personality in his infomercials I don’t think anyone associated him with coke. And look at how successful he was and how he was at the top of his profession.
Dave —— This is a quote from Mad Mike at Laidback Racing, concerning the $150K Jeremy owes the parts suppliers. Seems they will get their money. See, the media only reports for Nascar.
“Along with this, the NA$CAR controlled media continues to pile on their usual garbage attacks. When it came out that Mayfield was being sued by some parts suppliers, this was their lead story. Of course, what they failed to mention was that Mayfield had already talked with them and will have them paid off by December. A fact conveniently omitted by the lamestream media”
Amen Bill B. No one would have suspected Mays. And look at his family. They are doubting the autopsy results too. And that is very understandable. No one wants to find out that their loving spouse, child, or friend is something they have not seen or can’t even recognize. NO ONE wants to admit to that or swallow that. It’s human nature. But you know, something that hasn’t been talked about are two things:
1. I wonder when Mayfield’s team members were caught in the drug test earlier this year if they put NASCAR on to Jeremy? If they were using chances are they were dointg it themselves. And hey, let us not forget the press release Mayfield HIMSELF put out about that one guys and gals. Go find that wgg and Henry and all you Mayfield stooges. Go look at that. Mayfield HIMSELF says it all in that release…he didn’t doubt NASCAR’s test results on that one did he? (Now one could think Mayfield was trying to suck up so NASCAR wouldn’t come looking at him or one could think this guy is just downright brazen). And I didn’t make this stuff up guys and gals. Mayfield put that out there.
2. How about others that have been caught since Mayfield was? What about them? There have been at least half dozen or more banished because of failed tests. you don’t see them flying off al over the universe challenging these results? So what are you telling me that Jeremy is the only stand up guy here? if those failed tests were fallable then those who were innocent would dam right fight for their rights. Don’t tell me there isn’t enough at stake in their lives to try to fight NASCAR if they truly were inncent. You don’t here these “little people” squawlking about how NACSR spike thier urine…
I have had my say on it. So I am done but I will leave yall with two other points:
1. So Henry go ahead and “credit default swap” bet on that Mayfield will have those suppliers paid off by December…yea yea yea. I want to see that paid receipt on that one.
2. This was lifted from a reputable web site. I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the piece but I saw the original press release so it must be true…
“STATEMENT: The following is a statement from driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield of Mayfield Motorsports regarding Paul Chodora, who was found to be in violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy: “Mayfield Motorsports respects the decision by NASCAR to indefinitely suspend Paul Chodora. We as an organization appreciate NASCAR’s drug testing policies and policing efforts as it makes the sport stronger overall. If Paul doesn’t comply with NASCAR’s reinstatement process, then he will no longer be an employee of Mayfield Motorsports.”(Mayfield Motorsports/Co-Pilott PR)(2-19-2009)”
Guess it doesn’t apply when it applies to YOU, right? Mayfield didn’t respect NASCAR’s drug policy when they got into his pannies. So why wasn’t Mayfield indignant about Paul Chodora’s results? I guess Paul Chodora is a drug user huh? But not Jeremy. And now that Mayfield has FLUNKED TWO tests, I guess the statement above that HE WROTE is just not valid, right? Yea and the Gulf of Tonkin resolution was righteous and the hunt for WMD was just.
Again, Dave, you listen to the Nascar media:
“”“I wonder when Mayfield’s team members were caught in the drug test earlier this year if they put NASCAR on to Jeremy? If they were using chances are they were dointg it themselves”“”
At Daytona a pit crew member Mayfield picked up while at the track to pit the car tested positive. The gentleman worked for MMI for a total of two days prior to the test and was let go immediately after the test. There were two crew members that tested positive the same weekend as Jeremy but neither was associated with MMI
WOW! People still “supporting” the NA$CRAP point of view!
Hey people, once again, how can ANYONE (supposedly) take that quantity of drugs, for that long a time period, and NOT FAIL A NA$CRAP DRUG TEST before the one in question?
And this issue, once again, is of the CREDIBILITY OF NA$CRAP! I don’t see it as one of the credibility of Mayfield as such, but with NA$CRAP’S history, (that counts right?), anyone that thinks NA$CRAP is pure and honest in all this just might be smoking that funny weed themselves!
Now we are comparing Madoff, O.J. Simpson, Billy Mays, etc, to the Mayfield vs. NA$CRAP thingy?
Only one left out, must have been an oversight, is a reference to Charlie Manson, but I am sure that comparison will be forthcoming!
AND! Why not compare Mayfield to King Brian, oh, right, King Brian takes his drugs, but the local police just drive him home so he doesn’t hurt himself or others.
Thank you very much for the tickets to the Speedway Mr. France!
So why is one ‘drug addict”, in this case Brain Farce, being allowed to make accusations against another (maybe) addict?
it is all about credibility!
Dave —- For your information, Paul Chodora did not test postive for meth. He did test postive but that was not the substance.
OK Henry you are correct. We are “point/counter-point” about the little things. I keep going over in my head, like Turnip I am being controlled by NASCAR…
it’s Penske’s fault
it’s Rusty’s fault
it’s my crew chief’s fault
it’s Ray’s fault
it’s Erin’s fault
it’s NASCAR’s fault
it’s my stepmom’s fault
it’s the lab’s fault
it’s Dr. Black’s fault
it’s my car chief’s fault
it’s Brian’s fault
it’s my step brother’s fault
it’s my fathers’s fault
it’s my supplier’s fault
it’s my friend’s fault
it’s my sponsor’s fault
it’s the CoT’s fault (well that one may be true)
it’s the test result’s fault
it’s the caller’s fault
I was given faulty directions
it’s the reporters’ fault(s)
it’s Claritin’s fault
it’s hyper-activity’s fault
it’s the cup size’s fault
it’s the water I drank
it’s in the drinking water
it’s its its its
poor ole Jeremy Mayfield, the whole world is agin im.
For those that are comparing coke to meth? Ya got it all wrong, again. That is like comparing apples to oranges. Most competent medical folks will tell you that one hit of meth affects brain cells and receptors immediately and begins the process of addiction. Coke has always been used for recreation, it’s a different animal. Like I said, use the facts not NASCAR facts.
I’m defending the system, the need for facts, the need for real evidence. What the truth is in this deal is yet to be known. Jeremy hasn’t proved anything more than NASCAR has. Both are using rhetoric, not evidence, to make their own case. I simply can’t and won’t judge until I have a whole lot more than is out there now.
For the person ranting about Jeremy and his lawyer? Check out the powerhouse lawyers working for NASCAR, it sure ain’t poor NASCAR going it all alone against the world.
WOW – needless to say, someone of you will not be invited to the Mayfield Thanksgiving Day Feast. A few observations… One earlier post offered that Mayfield had plenty of support, people willing to vouch that they never saw him take any drugs. Not sure how that’s supposed to reassure me – so the mayor wasn’t with you at 10:30 at night while you were in your barn/shop?? Or at 7:30 in the morning when you first woke up and needed that extra something to get the morning off on the right foot? Also, everyone has a different tolerance level to any drug. One person is a quiet drunk after 10 drinks, another is a happy drunk after 5 drinks and others are nasty alcoholics no matter what. Same holds true across all drugs. There was another person who wanted to know why Mayfield only ever tested positive this one time, even though his alleged addiction had been going on for years. You need to be asking the question, how many times over the years has Mayfield been tested? I just don’t remember Mayfield waving around a document of dates showing every single prior test, planned or random, that was administered and passed – perhaps because there were no prior samples taken, or his system had been cleansed by that time? I just don’t know…I want to believe the guy so I’ll wait and watch the story play out but I just cannot see ANY corporation setting someone up to take the fall by “paying off” close friends – who could just as easily turn around, jump to Mayfield’s side and testify on his behalf that they were paid off to lie!?!?! Even if they signed confidentiality clauses, they’re only good if you are not breaking the law, and false accusations in an affidavit are against the law. Do we really believe the powers that run NASCAR are going to risk losing EVERYTHING by setting one man up, rather than just offer (on day 1 of this drama) the following response, “sorry Mayfield, our test was wrong. We’re hiring the best outside firm based on independent consultants so that this never happens again. And here’s $10 million for your trouble.” They would have taken a hit for a few weeks at best, brought in a new testing team and moved on. But now we’re supposed to believe that NASCAR is paying millions, and we do mean 10s of millions, to attorneys to keep this story alive?? I’ll give you one thing – if that’s what’s really going on, say hello to the new CEO of NASCAR – his last name is Mayfield.
And I take GRAVE issue with Tommy Thompson for making a statement such as follows (quote: “But the sad and startling truth is that Jeremy Mayfield is a user of methamphetamine and most probably has a drug problem that he now needs to face and deal with.”
What gives you, Tommy Thompson, the right to make a “statement of fact” as to whether or not Jeremy Mayfield , UN-EQUIVOCALLY has a drug problem?
What gives this writer the right to convict and hang Jeremy Mayfield based on “suspect testing” and “suspect witnesses”?
And what gives this writer the right to state, quote: “that Jeremy Mayfield is a user”, etc.?
Talk about irresponsible?
And I am wondering why the FS editors allowed this kind of statement by one of their writers to be printed?
And, for all you folks out there that may question MY stand and statements, I AM NOT A WRITER, I AM NOT TRYING TO BE PUBLISHED OR SPEAK FOR AN ORGANIZATION, in this case FS!
I think, and have always thought, that writers have a “moral” obligation to being somewhat “neutral” when making statemnts of “fact”!
Not JUDGE, JURY, & EXECUTIONER!
And that’s my view from turn 8!
The cited statements from (former) friends of JM are from filings made with the federal court – so they are exposed to criminal penalties, like Martha Stewart, if they lied. This is a lot more than he said, she said.
I have an idea, but I don’t know who is right and who is wrong. I do know 1 thing though – IF NASCAR is right, then JM has a problem that needs to be dealt with and all the media and court wrangling is only delaying his getting the needed help.
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@Roger…This ain’t your “normal” corporation. Or maybe it is, at any rate, read “The Dirt Under the Asphalt” by Jack Flowers. Some excerpts are available searching Google Books. The whole book should be mandatory reading for all those who think we’re just dodging black helicopters.
Like Dave I go way back with Nascar and like him, I too, worked for DiGard (back when Mario Rossi managed the team, Donnie Allison was the driver, and the race shop was located across from the Speedway in the old industrial park) . I left after Waltrip came on board, so I’ve seen a lot, too.
Here’s the thing, I think Mayfield has issues (mostly to do with insecurity and maybe even persecution complex), but I don’t think he’s a meth head.
Think about this, most of the people who claim that they saw his meth use on a daily basis say that it was daily. Then 1. why did they not step forward before? They had to know the danger [racing] the drug presents, 2. why wasn’t Jeremy detected before? If he was such a drug abuser wouldn’t it logically seem that there’d be rumors and an investigation into those rumors?
I think that what Jeremy says is true, that the false positive comes from a combination of the medicines used. And other labs/scientist agree.
Nascar does have a history of sticking to their views/story to the very end and Jeremy is the self-righteous sort and his pride is at stake…
Nascar and Jeremy will likely settle once all the “evidence” is introduced.