Mayfield: NASCAR spiked my sample
Saturday, Jul. 18, 2009
CHARLOTTE -- Jeremy Mayfield feels some sense of vindication.
"We’re very excited about the results," he told NewsChannel 36 after an independent lab, LabCorp, sent results to Mayfield’s attorneys showing he tested negative for meth. Those results are from a urine sample he gave within an hour of giving a separate urine sample to NASCAR, though NASCAR's lab results claim Mayfield tested positive for the drug.
Asked how both tests can come back with two different results Mayfield said, "That's what we’d like to know and that's what we’re gonna find out."
Mayfield's attorney suggests NASCAR might be "spiking" the sample.
And Mayfield agrees. "It’s for sure a spiked sample," he said.
Mayfield says his lawyers have had him tested repeatedly, and the only samples that have come up positive for meth are the ones NASCAR has tested. "They are hell-bent on proving Jeremy Mayfield is wrong. They keep digging themselves a hole [and it] keeps getting bigger and bigger," said John Buric who is representing Mayfield.
Mayfield says it’s just driving his goal to prove his innocence.
"I’m in this for the long haul," he said. "We’re gonna fight it out."
Even though the veteran driver knows he'll never race again.
"I know better," he said. "Nobody's gonna touch me, it’s not gonna happen. Now that I don't have to worry about going back racing - because obviously they are not going to let me - I don't have to worry about what I say. It’s like the bully in school [who] got a hold of the wrong little guy."
When asked for comment on the latest independent test results, NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston responded: "They seem to be light on details don't you think? It's all pretty transparent. We will continue to let real science and sworn affidavits do our talking."