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SBD/Issue 162/Leagues & Governing Bodies
NASCAR Suspends Mayfield For Violating Substance-Abuse Policy
Published May 11, 2009
|Substance Used By Mayfield
Has Not Been Revealed
MAKING A PIT STOP: Mayfield said that he "will announce an interim owner and a temporary replacement driver as early as next week." Mayfield "cannot go through an appeal process, just a reinstatement process." He said in his statement, "As both a team owner and a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, I have immense respect for the enforcement policies NASCAR has in place" (SCENEDAILY.com, 5/9). NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson said NASCAR “is not fooling around with this thing, they made that message crystal clear” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 5/10).
EXPERT OPINION: Black said, "In my many years of experience, I have never seen a violation like this due to the combination of over-the-counter or prescription products." Black said that there is "'no way a driver would be in violation' for using common cold and allergy medications as directed" (USA TODAY, 5/11).