NASCAR’s Mayfield Suspended Indefinitely For Substance Abuse

In its second announcement of the week involving violators of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy, NASCAR indefinitely suspended NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield Saturday.

Mayfield, who failed to qualify on Friday for tonight’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, was one of three people suspended for the same violation on Saturday. Tony Martin, a licensed crew member with the No. 34 Sprint Cup team, and Ben Williams, a licensed crew member with the No. 16 NASCAR Nationwide team, were also suspended indefinitely for the violation.

NASCAR found all three in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book.

They were the second, third and fourth members of NASCAR to be penalized this week after Richard Gray, a crew member for the No. 177 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, was suspended foe the violation on Tuesday. John Boyd, a licensed crew member for the No. 23 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, was suspended earlier this year and in the second week of the season Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports crewmen Paul Chodora was suspended indefinitely both for reportedly violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. Mayfield is the first driver to be suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy since former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Aaron Fike, who admitted his heroin abuse on race days. On July 7, 2007, Fike and fiancée Cassandra Davidson were arrested in the parking lot of Kings Island amusement park outside of Cincinnati with reported drug paraphernalia, including a 100-count box of syringes, bloody napkins and black tar heroin. Only seven days earlier Fike had posted a career-best fifth-place finish in the O’Reilly 200 at the .75-mile Memphis Motorsports Park, but also later reportedly admitted to having used heroin earlier that day. Ever since Fike’s admission, NASCAR has upgraded its substance-abuse policy.

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