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Why did it take NASCAR more than two weeks to give Jeremy Mayfield the results of his drug test?

The Jeremy Mayfield debate: What next? (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

   By Mike Mulhern

   There are more than a few troubling aspects of the Jeremy Mayfield-NASCAR debate over the handling of his routine, random drug test at Richmond International Raceway May 1st or 2nd.
   And Bill Diehl, the well-known trial lawyer that Mayfield has hired to defend him, has a reputation of digging into every aspect of an issue, when defending a client. Which could well mean that every part of NASCAR's drug testing program – perhaps even going back to its origins with Tim Richmond in 1987 and 1988, certainly including the Ron Hornaday testosterone cream controversy last fall – and every NASCAR drug test could be ripe for public review…and every aspect of known drug use, legal and otherwise.
   How far NASCAR executives might want to let Diehl go down that road is ripe for debate now, considering Diehl's history of no-holds-barred lawyering.
   Diehl might not have won every case, but he has certainly taken a chunk out of the winners in the legal process.
   The Diehl dynamic aside, the NASCAR-Mayfield situation has a number of questions.
   First, the NASCAR-released time line of who knew what when, from the day of the test until the following Saturday, more than a week later, when NASCAR announced it was suspending Mayfield for 'violating' its substance abuse policies. NASCAR has changed the official time line it first released. Why?
   Second, the continuing debate over what specific drug NASCAR's doctors discovered in that test. NASCAR won't say; Mayfield won't say. Why?
   Mayfield said Saturday that NASCAR hadn't told him what it found that it didn't like; NASCAR's drug czar, Dr. Black, insisted he had told Mayfield several times.
   Mayfield says the 'positive' was the result of an interaction between a legally prescribed drug he was taking and Claritin D (which has pseudoephedrine, a decongestant). Dr. Black says no way. That issue has to have a clear-cut pharmaceutical answer.
   However, most curious, perhaps, is that Mayfield and Diehl apparently just a few days ago received a copy of the specific results of that Richmond drug test. The paperwork itself.
   Why did NASCAR wait so long to give Mayfield that paperwork? Was NASCAR trying to hide something?
   Given Mayfield's strong protestations, NASCAR's 'no tolerance' stance looks shaky at the moment, as does NASCAR's 'no appeal' stance.
   Perhaps NASCAR and Diehl may need to have Mayfield undergo another drug test.
   Unfortunately for the sport, this whole debate may well get uglier before it gets any better.


NASCAR could end up with an

NASCAR could end up with an Black eye over this before this is over with.
With all of the rain that has felled upon Daytona International Raceway
the previous week the song DROWNING by Saving Abel comes to my mind.
I was never an Fan of Jeremy but I respect him and from everybody that I have seen say no way Jeremy was using anything that could be Illegal, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt especially knowing how Tim Richmond was treated.
Rattle their cages Jeremy!

Mayfield's own words on the

Mayfield's own words on the day after his suspension don't mesh with his later comments. NASCAR's omnipotence seems to make it prone to mistakes, leading me to view its statements with skepticism.

Now let's see if I have this

Now let's see if I have this right. NASCAR is run by Barney Fife and he and Floyd sat down, probably with some McDonald's napkins, designed the drug testing program, and at every turn decided there had to be a cheaper way to go and did that - saved a bunch on paper by not passing out lists of prohibited substances. Then once they designed a jack-leg program they got one of the largest, most respected drug testing labs in the country to go along with it and put its reputation behind it. Something just doesn't seem to add up. Maybe NASCAR had some pretty knowledgeable people involved, including some sharp attorneys, and their program is pretty well thought out. But who would know since I've seen no one in the media make the effort to compare NASCAR' substance abuse program to that of IRL, F1, NHRA, NFL, NBA, or MLB - or are all their programs supposed to be secret? Could it be that the real secret is why the media has not done a better job of reporting?
Richard in N.C.

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