NASCAR asked a federal judge Monday to renew Jeremy Mayfield's ban from racing, saying officials face "resistance from other drivers refusing to put their lives at risk with Mayfield on the track."
Court papers filed by NASCAR cite comments attributed to Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, as quoted by espn.com. Burton reportedly said, "One thing I disagree with the judge on, my safety is important to me. . . . He potentially put my safety in jeopardy by that decision.”
The quote is from a story, by reporter David Newton.
(The complete quote: "One thing I disagree with the judge on, my safety is important to me," Burton said. "If there is an instant test available, then the judge is 100 percent right [to let Mayfield back]. There is no instant test. He potentially put my safety in jeopardy by that decision. The other decision puts Jeremy's career in jeopardy. So what do you do?")
Mayfield was suspended May 9 after failing a random drug test, and NASCAR said he tested positive for methamphetamine.
U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen last week cleared Mayfield to compete. Mullen said the chance of a false positive on his drug test was "quite substantial." NASCAR disputes Mullen's conclusion, and says Mayfield poses a threat to public safety. NASCAR also filed a notice saying it plans to bring the case before a federal appeals court.
In Monday's filing, NASCAR also said an expert for Mayfield said the "level of methamphetamine revealed by Mayfield’s urine test indicates that Mayfield may be a chronic methamphetamine user."
Click here to read the court papers.
Mayfield has denied using illegal drugs and said he believed a combination of a prescribed medication and an over-the-counter medicine created the positive test.
- Doug Miller