NASCAR News for Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Doctor Refutes Mayfield’s Claims

Contrary to statements made by suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield this weekend, the doctor in charge of NASCAR’s testing program said that the driver has indeed been told which substance he tested positive for.

“I spoke with him about his positive test result on the day he was suspended, and I spoke to him directly about the test result,” Dr. David Black, CEO of Aegis Sciences Corp told The AP. “Yes, by name of what he tested positive for.”

As recently as Saturday Mayfield said he was never told what he tested positive for. He maintains that the failed test was due to a combination of a prescription drug plus the over-the-counter drug Claritin D.

“I did address specifically and explicitly what he tested positive for, and that led to the discussion of his over-the-counter and prescription use,” Black said. “I explained carefully and completely that his positive test result was not related to an over-the-counter or a prescription.

“They were not the cause, and could not be the cause, of his result.”

Black specifically stated that Claritin D was not the culprit in Mayfield’s positive test, but the driver is not ready to let go of his claims to the contrary.

“Now it’s not triggering it because I think they’re a sponsor,” Mayfield said. In fact Claritin is a sponsor of Carl Edwards.

In order to be considered for reinstatement, suspended drivers must undergo a rehab program; something Mayfield insists is not on his radar, but possible legal action is.

Stay tuned.

Another Win and Another First for Busch

After runner-up finishes by fellow Cup drivers Kevin Harvick (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2008), Kyle Busch became the first Sprint Cup Series driver to win at Iowa Speedway when he took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Long John Silver’s 200. Busch won the pole and lead 168 of 200 laps in the Camping World Series East-West combination race and with the win earned a spot in the season-ending Toyota All-Star Showdown. Last year’s winner Brian Ickler finished second just ahead of David Mayhew and Jeffrey Earnhardt.

TV Notes

Look for two of NASCAR’s most popular faces to hit the airwaves in the coming months.

  • Championship car owner Rick Hendrick will be on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday May 19th on an episode named “Heroes in Hard Times”.
  • Driver Edwards will make an appearance on the TBS show The Bill Engvall Show this summer, playing a nightclub manager.
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