The Jeremy Mayfield ordeal is finally over, maybe

Nick Bromberg

Yes, a federal judge dismissed Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR Tuesday, but is this mess finally going to come to an end?

“The U.S. District Court’s ruling is a powerful acknowledgment and affirmation of NASCAR’s rulebook and its ability to police the sport,” the sanctioning body said in a statement. “NASCAR has been very clear with its competitors as to its policies and what is expected of them. NASCAR’s comprehensive substance abuse policy, which is among the best and toughest in all of sports, serves the safety of our competitors and fans.”

You may remember that Mayfield, a Sprint Cup driver, claimed his positive drug test was from a combination of allergy medication and Adderall, which he was taking for ADD. But that was only part of the story. In the wake of Mayfield's positive drug test we learned about his highly dysfunctional family situation, with he and his stepmother trading legal barbs and each claiming that the other had substance-abuse problems. And Jeremy even went so far as to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against his mother for the death of his father in 2007.


Mayfield tested positive a second time, so once that occurred, it was only a matter of time before NASCAR eventually beat Mayfield in court.

But given the legal routes that Mayfield has taken so far, I've got my doubts that this is the last time we hear from him. It's getting to be clear at this point that Mayfield likes the attention and if he hasn't cleaned up his act by now, he's in serious trouble, and I'm not talking about NASCAR.