Drug Testing Expert Witness In NASCAR v Mayfield
In a U.S. District Court filing on Wednesday NASCAR claims that suspended owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield has once again failed an Aegis Sciences Corp. issued drug test for methamphetamines. Since being indefinitely suspended from the sport on May 9, 2009, Mayfield and NASCAR have had a very public battle to determine who is telling the truth. Mayfield sued NASCAR claiming their testing policy was flawed and then NASCAR provided affidavits discrediting Mayfield’s drug testing expert witness. When Judge Graham Mullen granted an injunction on July 1, Mayfield was allowed to return to the sport under the condition that NASCAR had right to drug test him any time they wish. The sanctioning body took Mayfield up on that offer on July 6 and now NASCAR is claiming the test came back positive for levels methamphetamines consistent with that of habitual users who, “develop a tolerance, consume high doses of methamphetamine, and are subsequently detected through random testing without displaying obvious signs of their drug use.”
Taking advantage of the opportunity to test Mayfield before, during or after any race, an Aegis representative contacted Mayfield on July 6 at 1:00 p.m. asking him to report to a testing facility within two hours. Mayfield failed to show up at the facility, claiming he got lost. According to the filing, the facility was within a five mile radius of Mayfield’s home, and when he failed to show NASCAR sent an Aegis representative to his home to collect the sample. The observed sample was taken at his home at 8:15 p.m. that evening.
Excerpted from HardcoreRaceFans.com.