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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hair test would end Mayfield drug use debate

Instead of all the back-and-forth soap opera drama between NASCAR and Jeremy Mayfield about whether he was using illegal drugs this season, I have a simple solution: Take a sample of his hair and test it, so you have a definitive answer.

Mayfield has said from the start that he wouldn’t mind if NASCAR did this, and in his ruling District Court Judge Graham Mullen said that NASCAR can test Mayfield’s urine as often as they like, and they can ask for a hair sample to test. A hair sample is more definitive than a urine sample, and would tell whether Mayfield had used drugs as far back as 3 to 6 months ago. That would pretty much answer the question of whether Mayfield has taken any illegal drugs this season.

But that test hasn’t been ordered. Brian France had a press conference this week where he strongly defended the test results and decision to suspend Jeremy, but did not say a hair test would be done.

The fact that the hair test hasn’t been ordered tells me one thing that I’ve already mentioned in previous writings – NASCAR is afraid it might be wrong. If they did a hair test and it showed no drug use by Mayfield, NASCAR would have a ton of egg on its face and its drug testing policy would lose all credibility. They won’t allow this to happen, so this is why they won’t order a hair test.

As far as NASCAR is concerned, the urine test is correct and they wish this was all over. Unfortunately for them, Mayfield is not giving up. And he has some support from Judge Mullen, who said in his decision that the likelihood of a false positive was "quite substantial."

The most hilarious part of it all is that we could have an answer to the entire messed-up situation with a simple application of a pair of scissors to the locks of Mr. Mayfield.

But NASCAR, it seems, is too afraid to actually do it.

Good thing he didn't show up
The ironic thing is that rain wiped out qualifying at Daytona for the Firecracker 400, so even if Mayfield had showed up in his car, he would have had to pack up his car and go home without getting his shot to make the race.


Anonymous dr said...

The fact that Mayfield has offered to do the hair sample testing also tells me that he has already had it done and was clean.

July 4, 2009 at 11:46 AM 
Anonymous Richard in N.C. said...

I suspect that if Mayfield had done a hair test his attorney would have offered that in evidence. If a hair test is so accurate, I wonder why I never read that any other sport uses it?

July 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM 

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