|Jeremy Mayfield will appeal no more.|
In May of 2009, Mayfield was suspended by the sanctioning body when a random drug test revealed methamphetamine in his system. Mayfield argued the failed test was due to a combination of Adderall and Claritin-D, but his case was dismissed. He has been unsuccessful in two prior appeals, and in late March, the United States Court of Appeals once again refused to reinstate the case, saying U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen had ruled correctly that Mayfield had waived his right to sue when he signed an application to be a NASCAR driver and team owner.
Speaking briefly with reporters during an appearance in Caldwell County court today, Mayfield said he will pursue the case no further. That decision will not bring an end to his legal problems, however. He appeared in court today on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, three felony counts of possession of stolen goods and one count of obtaining property under false pretenses; all related to a Nov. 1, 2011 search of his home by sheriff’s deputies. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 14 years in jail.
He also saw his North Carolina home go on the auction block this morning as part of a bank foreclosure. Mayfield and his wife, Shana, took out a pair of mortgages totaling $3,127,500 on the home and its surrounding 455-acre property in July of 2006. The loans fell into default after Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR, with approximately $2.3 million in principal still owed.
Foreclosure proceedings began in December of last year and Mayfield’s lender, Carolina Farm Credit, purchased the home today for $1.725 million. CFC will allow new bids to be submitted on the $3 million property for the next 10 days. Mayfield has disputed the specifics of the case, telling reporters, “those numbers ain’t right” during a court appearance last month. He said he had a plan to save his home from the auctioneer’s gavel, and in a Twitter post recently, said the home, “will always be mine.” In the aftermath of today’s auction, however, he now has 10 days to pay the entire balance due, or vacate the property.
“I’m doing as good as I can with everything going on,” said Mayfield to Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass. “We’re just working hard trying to get it all behind us. …Some great things hopefully will happen once we get all of this stuff behind us.”