Jeremy Mayfield appeared in North Carolina Superior Court in Charlotte today, and his attorney ended weeks of speculation by testifying that NASCAR informed Mayfield that he had tested positive for amphetamines at Richmond International Raceway last month.
Attorney Bill Diehl requested a temporary restraining order on Mayfield's behalf, which would allow him to resume his driving career until the case is settled. Diehl made seven different charges to support the request, including breach of character, saying that NASCAR is unfairly preventing Mayfield from plying his trade as a professional race car driver. Diehl also told a judge that Mayfield had been taking medication for allergies and attention deficit disorder.
He also accused Aegis Laboratories -- the company that oversees and runs NASCAR's substance abuse program -- of testing Mayfield's urine samples in a manner that violated federal guidelines.
NASCAR's lawyer, Paul Hendrick, argued that the sanctioning body, "cannot allow people to drive when we think that he has issues of drug abuse or a positive test." He also asked that NASCAR be given more time to respond to the complaint, since Mayfield had already forfeited his chance to qualify for this weekend's race at Dover by failing to turn a practice lap.
No word yet on when the judge might render a decision.
Mayfield Motorsports was a surprise scratch from this weekend’s Autism Speaks 400 at Dover, after saying less than a week ago that they would compete on the Monster Mile with driver JJ Yeley at the wheel.