Jeremy Mayfield is back under suspension for a failed random drug test after an appeals court ruled in NASCAR’s favor Friday, issuing a stay on the injunction that gave the driver the right to return to the race track.
The one-page decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stands until NASCAR’s full appeal can be heard.
NASCAR had appealed to the Richmond, Va., court after a federal judge on July 1 lifted Mayfield’s suspension based on the argument that the drug testing system was flawed.
U.S. District Court Graham Mullen still has NASCAR’s request before him to overturn his earlier decision based on its claim that Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamine a second time on July 6.
Mayfield was suspended May 9 for failing a random test done eight days earlier, and NASCAR has said he tested positive for methamphetamine. Mayfield has denied ever using the illegal drug.
He’s not entered in Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and has indicated he has no intention of returning to racing as he fights NASCAR. The last remaining employee at Mayfield Motorsports resigned last week, and Mayfield has not entered any events since Mullen’s ruling.
"We are pleased with the 4th Circuit Court’s ruling to reinstate NASCAR’s suspension of Jeremy Mayfield," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said in a statement. "This is an important decision for NASCAR to make fair and equitable regulations for the safety of competitors and spectators at the track. We will continue to respectfully make our case for as long as the litigation continues."
John Buric, an attorney for Mayfield, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Kyle Busch promises to be nicer
Kyle Busch says he’ll try to keep his emotions in check as he tries to move up the Sprint Cup standings.
The NASCAR star, speaking at a news conference Friday, says he’ll try to be a more positive influence heading into Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Busch barked over the radio at his No. 18 Toyota team members during a disappointing 33rd place finish in Chicago two weeks ago, calling his car "junk."
Although Busch says he’s been frustrated at times this season, he needs to shake it off and do a better job of helping crew chief Steve Addington make the proper adjustments.
Busch sits 10th in the points standings heading into Sunday’s race. He has three victories but just two top 10 finishes in his last nine starts.
Johnson waits to hear from Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson wants to air things out with Kurt Busch.
Busch, however, doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to make nice with the three-time defending NASCAR champion.
Johnson says he sent Busch a text message following their dustup at Chicago two weeks ago, but never heard back. The series did not race last weekend.
The two stars were battling near the lead late in the race when Johnson collided with Busch, who in turn appeared to intentionally turn back into Johnson.
Busch ended up suffering the worst of it, fading to 17th place while Johnson held on for eighth. Busch said afterward he’s starting to lose faith in Johnson’s ability.
Johnson denied any wrongdoing and hopes they can talk before Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.