Jeremy Mayfield has been vocal during NASCAR's recent drug test controversy. Now, he has commented again on A.J. Allmendinger's situation. Mayfield, who previously stated that Allmendinger was facing a difficult road, claims that the driver made the obvious choice by joining the Road to Recovery Program. It seems that the multiple fan and media comparisons to Allmendinger have motivated Mayfield to try to speak out on the issue.
Jeremy Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR in 2009 for testing positive for methamphetamine. The driver attempted to sue NASCAR several times and lost. He has faced multiple legal battles in recent years that have included arrests and foreclosure. The exact type of drug found in A.J. Allmendinger's system has not been revealed, but it is known that a stimulant was found. Since amphetamines fall into the stimulant category, the comparisons between the two drivers have been prevalent.
These circumstances have motivated Jeremy Mayfield to reignite his verbal battle with NASCAR and gain some press coverage. His most recent comments are concerned with A.J. Allmendinger's decision to join the Road to Recovery Program. He stated, "That's his only move." Mayfield believes that Allmendinger did not have any other options to attempt to be reinstated. He also added, "It'd be tough because you're basically living a lie to be a poster boy for NASCAR's drug policy." Mayfield insists that Allmendinger is a victim and is being forced into a program he does not need.
Jeremy Mayfield is obviously using this opportunity to attack NASCAR. In 2009, he refused to enter the Road to Recovery Program because he insisted that the drug test was a false positive. However, in 2011, he was arrested for methamphetamine possession. Mayfield has also claimed that NASCAR officials conspired with local authorities against him during his legal problems.
Although A.J. Allmendinger is probably objecting to sharing the spotlight with the former driver, Jeremy Mayfield is using the opportunity to his advantage. Mayfield has once again questioned the drug testing facilities and policies that led to his suspension. He may have lost his lawsuit against NASCAR, but Mayfield refuses to remain quiet or fade into obscurity.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.