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Time For Jeremy Mayfield To Fix Self – Forget NASCAR

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 bodies 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.

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Fanning the Flames: Touch ‘Em All… From Jimmie to Jeremy and Back to Juan

*Hello Matt. I’m wondering if you watched Mike Helton on _TWIN_ on Monday night. He is steadfast on NASCAR’s policies. When does he and/or Brian France come clean and admit that things in NASCAR are not as healthy as they want us to believe? The cars are a total mess of a problem, the Chase is not a true measuring stick of a champion, and spectators, sponsors, and TV viewers are jumping ship. Why can’t they level with us? That’s what we hard-care fans want to hear! It’s okay to have problems, but tell us what is being done to fix them.* _— Genn B., Bellbrook, Ohio_ *A:* I’m not clear on what exactly you expected to hear him say. He’s the president of NASCAR, after all … not some journalist whose job it is to shoot us the unbiased facts.

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Fanning the Flames: Numbers Show 2009 Season Most Competitive Of Chase Era

A quick observation that somehow waded into my head amidst the congestion and cloudiness of a mid-August head cold: For as much as we, as fans and media, like to complain about the slanted nature of the sport circa 2009, notice that with Red Bull Racing’s win at Michigan, we’ve now had four first-time team winners this season. Phoenix Racing at Talladega, Michael Waltrip Racing at Charlotte, Stewart-Haas Racing at Pocono, the newly-minted Richard Petty Motorsports at Infineon and, of course, Red Bull’s win at Michigan. Flukes? Plate wins? Fuel-mileage victories? Rain-shortened triumphs? Hey, call ‘em what you will … a win’s a win.

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of NASCAR

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of NASCAR in the case against Jeremy Mayfield on Friday. The courts decision reinstates the suspension of Mayfield pending a full hearing of the case. NASCAR issued the following statement in regards to the decision: “We are pleased with …

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Jeremy Mayfield Drama Exposes NASCAR’s Credibility Problem

It has been interesting to read the articles and comments devoted to the Mayfield mess. The surprise is the amount of fans in Mayfield’s corner. Some are lashing out at the institution of NASCAR as if it were a driver who had just wrecked their hero; others are presenting reasonable and thoughtful scenarios where Mayfield truly could be innocent. Fox Sports conducted a poll asking people who they believe in the controversy. 25% sided with Mayfield. That isn’t a majority, but it’s a lot for a guy who failed two drug tests. But forget the poll—why does Fox even ask the question?

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BSNews: NASCAR “Official” Bilked In Ponzai Scam (And Other Stuff!)

*Daytona Beach, FL* (BSNews) - Secret agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement searched the homes of two Florida men, claiming they bilked over 5.4 million dollars from NASCAR drivers, a police officer, and even a "top NASCAR official." Apparently, the men -- Henri Zogaib, a driver in the NASCAR-owned Grand Am series, and Ormand Beach businessman Paul Bellanca -- promised investors a 40.8% return on their investments in iron and ore products. While details are still a bit sketchy, it appears the two ran a couple of companies under the names of Executive Investment Group and Diversified Investment Group.

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Fanning the Flames: Herschel McGriff Scores One For NASCAR’s Geritol Gang

Move over, Tom Watson. Herschel McGriff, at 81 years of age, finished 13th in this past weekend’s NASCAR Camping World West race at Portland International Raceway. We’ve all heard about that, right? But did you realize when and where he made his first career NASCAR start? The inaugural Southern 500 at Darlington. No joke. The _inaugural Southern 500_. And he finished ninth. Let that sink in for a minute, would ya? Then go back and read some of the articles written about McGriff in your spare time. He’s truly a living link to those “good ol’ days” we all wax poetic about around here.

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