NASCAR is officially at war with Mayfield
That's the message that NASCAR is sending to Jeremy Mayfield, as it has countersued him for a variety of allegations, including violation of the substance abuse policy, breach of contract and defrauding competitors of earnings. (The last one makes me chuckle ... considering how Mayfield has run this year, I don't think he defrauded anyone of anything.)
Anyhow, the jist of this countersuit, which is motivated by nothing but spite, is that they are saying Mayfield knowingly violated the substance abuse policy by racing while under the influence of drugs he knew violated that policy (a policy that all the other drivers recently admitted they weren't too sure about up until the recent powwow with NASCAR's bigwigs.)
Reading between the lines, it's becoming apparent that Mayfield is probably telling the truth about the cause of his failed test ... his use of the prescription drug Adderrall, which is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit disorder.
NASCAR is taking issue with the fact he did not inform them that he was using the drug, something they state in their countersuit is a violation of NASCAR policy.
OK. I'll give them that. Mayfield failed to inform them of a prescription he was using. So if that's the case and they know he failed due to this prescription drug, why the hell would they suspend him and expect him to undergo a drug rehabilitation program? If that's the case, he has no drug problem to cure. If I'm reading the situation correctly, there is no reason to even suspend him in the first place.
The countersuit reaches an even bigger point of silliness when it mentions that Mayfield has crashed in a few of the races he ran this year, and they accuse him of crashing because he was on this drug (which is not named, but is likely the Adderrall Mayfield has said he is prescribed).
Talk about a reach!! How do they know he didn't crash because his car was a piece of junk? And on top of that, Adderrall helps people with ADD concentrate, not lose focus.
What this all comes down to is NASCAR doesn't like it when you try to call them out on their often-ridiculous rules. He may not be leading laps, but Mayfield just wants to race, and that's why he's suing. He insists he did nothing but take prescribed medication, and is trying to clear his name so he can get back to his job.
This countersuit is petty and shows the dictatorial nature of NASCAR. They are not happy when anyone challenges their rules, and are officially at war with Mayfield now.
If it comes out that Mayfield was on some dangerous illegal drug and putting his competitors' lives at risk, I'll condemn him with everyone else. But if things continue as they are, and it comes out that Mayfield was suspended just because he failed to report a prescription drug he was taking, NASCAR is going to come out of this looking pretty silly.